The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2013 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2013?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2013 over their latest three years.  To find out more about the research  and to view all the league tables from 1997 to 2023 click here

Sunday Times Fast Track 100 - Full 2013 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1AnescoEnergy efficiency consultancyReadingMar 13267.16%55,12971Has helped take more than 40,000 people out of fuel poverty
2Mobile Account SolutionsPhone and tablet providerHertfordshireMar 13254.06%79,14714Has featured in the top 5 in the Fast Track 100 for the past three years
3AlphaSightsBusiness information providerCentral LondonDec 12229.25%9,29239Says it completes 1,000 projects every month across more than 100 countries
4Bishopsgate FinancialManagement consultancyCentral LondonDec 12228.72%9,97486Working with charity to train former forces personnel who are interested in a City career
5PGIBusiness security providerCentral LondonDec 12222.94%60,85687Accounts for about half of all armed maritime escorts off east Africa
6GemporiaHome shopping jewellery retailerWorcestershireMar 13189.26%83,666370Was No 1 in last year’s Fast Track 100 [* Latest sales]
7The Cambridge Satchel CompanyTraditional satchel makerCambridgeJun 13183.70%12,85396A Google Chrome advertisement featuring the firm was seen by tens of millions worldwide [* Latest sales]
8Worldwide Recruitment SolutionsRecruitment consultancyAltrinchamDec 12178.27%14,21243Has launched an iPhone app to post job ads and track candidates
9Chartway GroupHousebuilder and contractorMaidstoneMay 13173.87%16,13353Founders started the business with £500,000 raised by remortgaging their homes
10G2 EnergyElectrical and civil engineerBuckinghamshireMar 13163.29%12,72735Has connected more than 135MW of renewable energy to the National Grid since 2006 [* Latest sales]
11Graze.comOnline food retailerSurreyFeb 13160.00%40,19895Has insured the taste buds of its snack inventor for £3m
12Land Engineering ServicesLand restoration and miningWakefieldMar 13153.21%9,07747Restored wasteland the size of London’s Regent’s Park in the past year [* Latest sales]
13ERSGRecruitment consultancyBromleySep 13133.58%16,24726Co-founder previously ran two other recruitment firms that featured in the Fast Track 100 [* Latest sales]
14Mint VelvetLadies' clothing retailerHigh WycombeApr 13132.94%34,368351Is one of the top selling concessions on the John Lewis website [* Latest sales]
15JVM EquipmentIndustrial equipment supplierWest SussexDec 12124.68%461,412719Sells and services industrial equipment through 35 depots across Russia
16Naked WinesOnline wine retailerNorwichDec 12122.53%34,86767Has raised £5m through a bond that will pay interest in wine
17Direct Healthcare ServicesMedical product supplierCaerphillyMar 13121.66%5,25143With the NHS, it developed a mattress that brings in royalty revenues for the NHS trust [* Latest sales]
18MorphsuitsCostume makerEast LothianMay 13119.52%11,01515Created the world’s most expensive Hallowe’en costume, retailing at £1m [* Latest sales]
19Tangle TeezerHair products supplierSouth LondonMar 13118.91%8,52713One Tangle Teezer hairbrush is sold every eight seconds [* Latest sales]
20StormfrontApple products resellerExeterSep 12116.30%40,140185Raised £500,000 from shareholders to help fund its expansion
21MedstromNHS product supplierDerbyshireDec 12114.14%8,70085Supplies products that use technology originally developed to transport dolphins [* Latest sales]
22Hanson WadeConference providerCentral LondonDec 12112.80%6,29973Creates business events across five continents, with 80% of sales generated overseas
23PureGymGym operatorLeedsFeb 13111.98%30,636107Members who do not leave will never see an increase in their monthly membership cost
24First UtilityEnergy supplierWarwickDec 12104.77%146,496225Has more than 200,000 gas and electricity customers
25The GymGym operatorCentral LondonDec 12104.32%22,63272Founder was the British racketball champion in the 1980s
26LION TrackhireTemporary roadway providerNottinghamshireMar 1398.43%7,90182Provided temporary road so that 500 ton cranes could move across Olympic running track
27Zigma Ground SolutionsTemporary roadway providerStanstedMar 1395.80%7,85810All products are manufactured from 100% recycled materials
28Hanson ReganSAP recruitment consultancySoutheast LondonJul 1395.04%11,37620Supplies SAP staff for clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa [* Latest sales]
29High FinanceInsurance recruitment consultancyCentral LondonOct 1291.89%14,66241Runs a cricket league that comprises many of the City’s insurance companies
30Actegy HealthHome healthcare devicesAscotJun 1291.84%26,33525Cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham uses its circulation boosting medical device
31Oliver James AssociatesRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1291.53%46,65892Is making its fourth appearance in the Fast Track 100 league table
32EntiérFacilities services providerAberdeenSep 1290.55%25,52498Runs a competition for Aberdeen schoolchildren to win an apprenticeship at the firm
33Cancer Partners UKCancer care providerHampshireJun 1389.88%17,02774Set up by cancer experts with ex-chief of World Health Organisation cancer programme [* Latest sales]
34Specialty PowdersFood manufacturerNorth YorkshireDec 1288.76%27,321100Acquisitions added £7.6m to sales in 2012
35Swansea City Football ClubFootball clubSwanseaMay 1388.27%67,113208First Welsh club to play in the English Premier League [* Latest sales]
36Astute Technical RecruitmentRecruitment consultancyPortsmouthMar 1385.88%6,31619Founder started career as an engineer in the Royal Navy Submarine Service
37ConSol PartnersIT recruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1283.82%9,45150Is opening a new office in Los Angeles
38BrewDogBreweryAberdeenshireDec 1281.53%10,655126Once brewed the world’s strongest beer, The End of History, at 55% ABV
39La Fosse AssociatesTechnology recruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1281.01%19,71349Clients include Deloitte, Burberry, Apple, Superdry and BP
40LoafFurniture retailerCentral LondonMar 1380.92%7,79238Founder spent two years testing more than 200 mattresses to find the perfect product [* Latest sales]
41Activ8 DistributionMobile accessories distributorWatfordJul 1379.31%10,99343Founder remortgaged his house six years ago to give the business an investment boost [* Latest sales]
42Tandom Metallurgical GroupMetal processorCheshireAug 1277.91%44,03754Converts used drinks cans into material for new cars
43Caffé ConcertoRestaurant operatorCentral LondonAug 1277.39%10,404191Plans to open new restaurants outside London in 2014 [† Latest sales]
44Uniting AmbitionRecruitment consultancyStaffordshireJan 1376.82%7,02739Counts the likes of Virgin Money, the White Company and bet365 among its clients [* Latest sales]
45The Consulting ConsortiumRegulatory and compliance consultancyCentral LondonDec 1274.70%10,17941Founder set up firm after she finished an MBA and wanted to use her new skills
46Love Shopping DirectLighting products supplierBirminghamJun 1374.00%5,14516Founder used his redundancy pay to set up the company [* Latest sales]
47Roc SearchICT / engineering recruitment consultancyReadingDec 1273.72%11,63950Opened two offices in Covent Garden and Frankfurt this year
48Drake & MorganBar and restaurant operatorCentral LondonMar 1373.70%17,635270Its bars have a mixology area where you can learn to make your own cocktails
49BathEmpire.comOnline bathroom retailerCoventryDec 1272.97%13,76876Founders set up the business when they were just 24 years old
50Language ConnectTranslation services providerCentral LondonSep 1372.15%5,25750Says it translated 50m words into more than 100 languages last year [* Latest sales]
51Oak Furniture LandFurniture retailerSwindonSep 1271.46%83,338297The founder designs most of the furniture himself
52The Underfloor Heating StoreUnderfloor heating systems retailerBasildonMar 1371.08%6,57517Repeats of DIY SOS on television help to keep the company’s name in the public domain [* Latest sales] insurance providerNorthamptonDec 1270.00%14,933165Sales have grown fast as the over-fifties have maintained spending during the recession
54Opus Recruitment SolutionsIT recruitment consultancyBristolDec 1269.97%9,30035Places candidates with niche skills, such as mobile app developers [* Latest sales]
55KinapsePharmaceutical regulations consultancySouthwest LondonMar 1369.77%13,336176One of the co-founders trained as a surgeon before moving into consultancy [* Latest sales]
56CreamMedia agencyCentral LondonDec 1269.63%7,90011Found that a new outfit costs, on average, £323 for a woman to look “a million dollars”
57Optimus SearchRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1269.61%5,92912Founded by brothers with only 22 months’ recruitment experience between them
58Jamie’s ItalianRestaurant operatorCentral LondonDec 1269.09%93,8702,314Has opened restaurants in Russia, Singapore, Turkey, Australia, Dubai and Ireland
59HuntswoodCustomer services providerReadingSep 1269.00%137,2991,457Handles regulatory issues for banks, pension firms and insurance companies
60CentekOilfield equipment manufacturerDevonOct 1267.09%21,443140Makes equipment to keep oil and gas pipes centred in the hole
61The Eventa GroupEvents organiserBrightonSep 1366.09%8,33161Sends staff on training trips to its top-selling event destinations [* Latest sales]
62translate plusTranslation services providerCentral LondonAug 1365.76%5,82986Translates social media, apps and documents into more than 200 languages [* Latest sales]
63HômeMarketing services providerLeedsSep 1265.64%18,637102Founded by six friends in a small loft in Leeds
64Trans Global ProjectsLogistics services providerSevenoaksDec 1265.37%160,369100Transported a rock-crusher the size of an Olympic pool from China to Australia
65eResponse RecruitmentRecruitment consultancyWorcestershireSep 1365.24%11,93540Offers fully accredited training courses to all staff it places [* Latest sales]
66Blue GroupIndustrial machinery distributorWarringtonJan 1364.24%23,54744Has installed more than 140 waste recycling systems, tailored for its customers’ needs
67Wilton & BainRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonJun 1363.77%7,71536Has worked with 56 of the Global Fortune 500 in more than 40 countries [* Latest sales]
68ChildrensalonChildrenswear retailerTunbridge WellsDec 1263.67%13,18671Its 100 staff speak 25 languages among them, serving customers around the world
69LawtechInsulation contractorRochesterMar 1362.75%30,51968Set up in a bedroom with funding from one of the founders’ parents
70Statesman TravelBusiness travel agentCentral LondonDec 1262.72%7,464120Its customers have clocked up more than half a billion air miles in 2013
71Original BTCLighting manufacturerOxfordshireOct 1262.07%6,07538Its lights graced Carrie Bradshaw’s New York apartment in TV series Sex and the City [* Latest sales]
72Ed’s Easy DinerRestaurant operatorCentral LondonSep 1362.01%17,502464Runs 20 fast-food diners and five Shake Stands in locations such as Soho in London [* Latest sales]
73Himalaya CarpetsCarpet retailerWest LondonJul 1261.70%8,43020Its Hounslow store stocks 1,000 different rugs
74Norwich City Football ClubFootball clubNorwichJun 1360.67%69,395273Directors include Delia Smith and Stephen Fry [† Latest sales]
75FoundOceanOffshore grouting specialistBuckinghamshireDec 1258.92%18,27797Has created an artificial seabed to help with the recovery of the Costa Concordia
76NascoConsumer goods distributorWest LondonDec 1258.30%15,02337Exports to more than 50 countries
77Fever-TreeMixer drinks manufacturerSouthwest LondonDec 1258.20%16,59212Named after the source of quinine that is used to create tonic water
78Be Wiser InsuranceInsurance brokerAndoverMay 1356.47%21,563395Says it added 32,000 new customers last year
79CNGCommercial gas supplierHarrogateApr 1355.70%157,19964Has more than 21,500 business customers
80Marlin Financial GroupDebt purchaserWest SussexDec 1254.77%42,791113The average size of the debt it recovers is about £4,000
81Cartridge SaveComputer consumables resellerStockportDec 1254.51%19,7365098% of all deliveries arrive the next day [* Latest sales]
82JDM Food GroupFood manufacturerLincolnshireDec 1254.49%24,617142Packs enough garlic annually to stretch from London to Madrid
83PenfieldClothing wholesaler and retailerCentral LondonDec 1254.41%9,68925More than 60% of sales come from outside the UK [* Latest sales]
84Hallam MedicalMedical recruitment consultancySheffieldApr 1354.40%*8,02528Has worked with more than 1,000 primary care centres throughout the UK
85FidelitiChildcare voucher administratorWarringtonMar 1353.43%80,46230Founder had the idea for her childcare voucher business while on maternity leave
86Nasa UmbrellaPayroll services providerBristolMar 1353.00%43,35218Employs temporary workers for the engineering, IT and education sectors
87Precon ProductsConstruction products supplierSuffolkJul 1252.99%11,84212Works with big contractors right through to people extending their homes
88RaphaCycling apparel maker and retailerNorth LondonJan 1352.80%16,903140Designs cycling kit for Sir Bradley Wiggins
89Touchstone RetailFashion jewellery retailerWest LondonJan 1352.60%8,36988Has concessions in New Look and Superdrug
90IglooRecruitment consultancyLeicestershireMar 1352.08%26,23645The two founders have more than 40 years’ recruitment experience between them
91Country AttireClothing retailerStockportAug 1252.06%6,90534Has shipped orders to exactly 100 countries in the past 12 months
92Make It CheaperBusiness cost saving serviceCentral LondonMar 1252.04%12,162143Aiming to save Britain’s small and medium businesses £1bn by 2018
93GSM LondonHigher education providerSoutheast LondonSep 1351.76%23,617233Has educated more than 25,000 students to date [* Latest sales]
94World of BooksBooks and media entertainment resellerWest SussexOct 1351.30%25,770287Buys unsold books in bulk, saving charity shops the disposal costs [* Latest sales]
95CubiquityDesign and print agencySouth LondonJun 1351.24%6,42823Its MD’s first great sales success was winning television’s Blind Date show
96SERS Energy SolutionsEnergy services providerCaerphillyDec 1251.18%26,20192Has covered more than 2m square metres of walls with external insulation
97Pearmain PubsPub and restaurant operatorGuildfordDec 1250.53%7,770150Founders previously built a restaurant chain and sold it for £14m in 2000
98TopCashbackCashback website operatorStaffordshireJan 1350.35%30,84044Says it adds 60,000 new users and pays over £3m cashback to its members each month
99ID MedicalRecruitment consultancyMilton KeynesDec 1249.83%62,505198The number of candidates who have registered with the firm would fill Wembley stadium
100Baltic TrainingTraining services providerCounty DurhamJul 1349.64%5,75377Started out as a provider of drivers for the logistics sector [* Latest sales]

* Supplied by Company  † Annualised figure

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