The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2014 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2014?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2014 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 2014 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1AnescoEnergy efficiency consultancyReadingMar 14374.94%106,65492Has helped to take more than 80,000 people out of fuel poverty
2The Car Finance CompanyVehicle finance providerPortsmouthDec 13229.65%18,584200Has signed a two year deal to sponsor Portsmouth Football Club
3Day WebsterHealthcare recruitment consultancyNortheast LondonMar 14205.63%28,91790Offers a same-day pay service to the healthcare professionals it places [* Latest sales]
4Metcalfe’s Food CompanyRetail food brandCentral LondonMay 14200.78%9,13121Sells food and drink under its two brands - Itsu grocery and Metcalfe’s skinny [* Latest sales]
5MissguidedOnline fashion retailerManchesterMar 14191.17%51,000443It ships to 160 countries and has launched websites in the US, Australia and Europe [* Latest sales]
6Right FormulaMotorsport marketing agencyCentral LondonDec 13179.77%5,73020Its team has 150 years' combined experience in motorsports marketing [* Latest sales]
7G2 EnergyElectrical and civil engineerBuckinghamshireMar 14178.61%12,77133Has connected more than 370MW of renewable energy to the National Grid since 2006
8Ambrey RiskSecurity risk managementHerefordshireJun 14175.07%23,26860Three founders started this security business in 2010 with just £5,000 each [* Latest sales]
9Zeus CapitalCorporate finance servicesManchesterMar 14152.72%25,93627In the past 15 months it has raised more than £1bn for 12 businesses listing on AIM
10Ovo EnergyEnergy supplierBristolDec 13140.14%171,678247Founded five years ago, it already has nearly 385,000 customers
11AlphaSightsBusiness information providerCentral LondonDec 13139.73%18,807108Executes 1,500 projects every month across more than 100 countries
12Spencer OgdenRecruitment consultancyWest LondonDec 13129.68%51,382237Has placed more than 6,000 candidates in energy jobs since 2009
13CawingredientsSoft drinks manufacturerNorth YorkshireSep 13125.57%44,328100200m bottles of soft drinks passed through its warehouse last year
14Victoria BeckhamFashion retailerSouthwest LondonDec 13120.24%30,000100In September it opened a 6,000 sq ft flagship store in Mayfair [* Latest sales]
15LSE Retail GroupOnline lighting retailerManchesterDec 13120.17%6,77132Develops up to 700 new lighting products every year
16Concrete CanvasConcrete impregnated fabrics manufacturerWalesAug 13118.33%5,06026Pioneered a ‘building in a bag’ that requires only water and air for construction [* Latest sales]
17EarthmillWind turbine installerWest YorkshireMay 14112.58%13,41527Received a £4.1m investment from private equity house Connection Capital in 2013 [* Latest sales]
18PureGymGym operatorLeedsDec 13108.66%48,291150Its low-cost gym memberships start at a wallet-friendly £9.99 a month [† Latest sales]
19Bill’s RestaurantsRestaurant operatorCentral LondonJul 14108.43%53,8561,419Diners can buy Bill’s branded products inside the restaurants and online [* Latest sales]
20The Alchemist Bar and RestaurantBar and restaurant operatorCheshireMar 14104.69%9,629175Its mixologists use molecular techniques to create cocktails such as Mercury Rising [* Latest sales]
21Xercise4LessGym operatorLeedsJul 14104.16%13,008481Attributes its 60% female membership rate to ladies’ only gyms in all of its sites [* Latest sales]
22MedstromNHS product supplierDerbyshireDec 1398.85%9,967117Its specialist beds and mattresses help to prevent pressure sores and aid patient handling
23Spark EnergyEnergy supplierScottish BordersJun 1497.46%83,007207Signed up its 100,000th customer in June [* Latest sales]
24Andrew JamesKitchen appliance manufacturerDurhamOct 1396.21%13,21779All staff are encouraged to study for the company’s own Edexcel-approved diploma [* Latest sales]
25Graze.comOnline food retailerSurreyFeb 1495.67%52,661169Has been running trials by selling its snack boxes in London taxis [* Latest sales]
26Bridge LeisureHoliday park operatorMilton KeynesDec 1395.39%9,661131Owns and operates holiday parks for investors including Aberdeen Asset Management
27Roberts JacksonLegal services providerCheshireJul 1494.82%12,378204Acts for claimants in cases of industrial disease and accidents [* Latest sales]
28Lily’s KitchenPet food manufacturerNorthwest LondonMar 1493.15%6,08229Its Christmas advent calendar for dogs contains hand baked organic cheese and apple biscuits [* Latest sales]
29SupernutrientsSuperfood wholesalerBathMar 1488.50%7,10429Goji berries, coconut oil and wheatgrass are among its most popular products [* Latest sales]
30CreamMedia agencyCentral LondonDec 1388.50%11,17712Found that a new outfit costs, on average, £323 for a woman to look ‘a million dollars’
31LION TrackhireTemporary roadway providerNottinghamshireMar 1488.13%11,89597Claims it is the largest stockholder of aluminium temporary roadways in the world
32VentiaServiced office providerCentral LondonApr 1487.31%5,89740Provides 2,400 work spaces in 21 properties in London, Thames Valley and Bristol [* Latest sales]
33GrenadeSports nutrition developerCoventryAug 1486.33%6,34010American special forces count among this sports nutrition company's customers [* Latest sales]
34Southampton Football ClubFootball clubSouthamptonJun 1486.20%106,099289Revenues have been boosted by a return to the Premiership in 2012-13 [* Latest sales]
35Tangle TeezerHair products supplierSouth LondonMar 1485.16%14,41315Its famous fans include Victoria Beckham and Rihanna [* Latest sales]
36Miers Construction ProductsConstruction products supplierCambridgeshireSep 1480.27%10,61736Won a construction innovation award for one of its wall spacers [* Latest sales]
37Oak Furniture LandFurniture retailerSwindonSep 1379.56%145,543616The founder designs most of the furniture himself
38RACSPayroll services providerWiltshireMar 1477.53%67,97671Employs supply teachers, nurses and doctors [* Latest sales]
39Coryton Advanced FuelsSpecialist fuel manufacturerEssexJun 1476.61%8,62426Provides high performance fuels for motorsport [* Latest sales]
40BrewDogBreweryAberdeenshireDec 1375.75%18,088186Once brewed the world’s strongest beer, The End of History, at 55% ABV
41Monica VinaderJewellery designerNorfolkJul 1474.45%13,988121Has a devoted celebrity following including Kate Winslet, Emma Watson and Cara Delevigne [* Latest sales]
42Enra GroupSpecialist loan providerBorehamwoodDec 1374.44%7,74220Has bought a neighbouring bridging loan competitor
43Channel 3 ConsultingHealthcare consultancyLeatherheadMar 1474.11%11,01545Began work in the Middle East this year, with plans to expand into Asia in 2015 [* Latest sales]
44Help-Link UKEnergy-saving and heating specialistLeedsMar 1473.96%73,483307Each year it installs more than 40,000 boilers in UK homes
45eResponse RecruitmentRecruitment consultancyWorcestershireSep 1471.64%20,13257Makes more than 6,000 placements each year [* Latest sales]
46The GymGym operatorCentral LondonDec 1371.59%36,179106Has 42 clubs nationwide with plans to open a further 15 this year
47Inception GroupNightclub, bar & restaurant operatorCentral LondonDec 1371.24%7,510108Its Bunga Bunga bar serves cocktails in goblets shaped as Silvio Berlusconi's head
48GSM LondonHigher education providerSoutheast LondonSep 1470.92%39,511646Its career-focused degrees are accredited by Plymouth University [* Latest sales]
49Clarke Design & BuildConstruction contractorEssexSep 1370.32%7,32917A building contractor providing a one-stop shop from design to completion [* Latest sales]
50Redfern TravelBusiness travel agentBradfordMar 1469.14%202,51493Manages travel reservations for 10 government departments [* Latest sales]
51Engage PartnersRecruitment consultancyWatfordDec 1369.10%18,25991Places supply and fixed-contract teachers in more than 1,000 primary and secondary schools
52LoafFurniture retailerCentral LondonMar 1468.04%15,92555Received ‘significant’ investment in January from the founder of Monsoon and Accessorize [* Latest sales]
53BEAR & Urban FruitFruit snack manufacturerCentral LondonOct 1467.78%16,33329Has more than 20,000 stockists, including Waitrose, Caffè Nero and Subway [* Latest sales]
54CentekOilfield equipment manufacturerDevonOct 1367.34%37,077223Makes equipment to keep oil and gas pipes centred in their holes
55First UtilityEnergy supplierWarwickDec 1367.31%283,531312Grew its customer base by 135,000 in 2013, to more than 314,000
56HuntswoodCustomer services providerReadingSep 1367.14%190,4201,695Handles regulatory issues for the UK financial services industry
57Notonthehighstreet.comOnline retail marketplaceRichmondDec 1365.90%21,136119Has launched a German website selling items from 100 German producers
58Dual EnergyEnergy supplierWorthingJul 1465.00%43,99264Aims to provide a free smart meter for all of its customers [* Latest sales]
59Ed’s Easy DinerRestaurant operatorCentral LondonSep 1463.99%26,260714Has plans to expand its chain to well over 100 diners across the UK [* Latest sales]
60TranswasteWaste recyclerEast YorkshireDec 1363.33%33,19066Handles more than 350,000 tons of waste every year
61inov-8Specialist shoe retailerCounty DurhamDec 1360.52%17,37359America accounts for 45% of inov-8's sales of running shoes and apparel [* Latest sales]
62Elmgrove FoodsOffal distributorCounty TyroneMar 1459.95%24,50011Has exported more than 75,000 tons of animal parts since it was founded in 2008 [* Latest sales]
63BullionByPostOnline gold dealerBirminghamApr 1459.57%96,00221It shipped more than 47,000 packages of gold and silver last year [* Latest sales]
64BathEmpire.comOnline bathroom retailerCoventryDec 1358.97%18,59498Founders set up the company when they were just 24 years old [* Latest sales]
65Chartway GroupHousebuilder and contractorMaidstoneMay 1458.61%21,84959Provides one-stop construction services to clients, including housing associations [* Latest sales]
66Mint VelvetLadies' clothing retailerHigh WycombeApr 1458.45%48,103454Has opened new stores in Dublin, York and Cambridge this year
67StrongvoxHousebuilderSomersetMay 1457.25%15,46824Is building 28 luxury homes in the grounds of Sandhill Park, a Georgian mansion in rural Somerset
68Natural Balance FoodsHealth food makerBuckinghamshireMar 1457.12%13,23024Its entire product range is all-natural, vegan, gluten and additive free, and produced in the UK [* Latest sales]
69KinapsePharmaceutical regulations consultancySouthwest LondonMar 1456.45%17,126232Has opened new offices in the UK, India and the US this year
70Côte RestaurantsRestaurant operatorCentral LondonJul 1356.01%64,7291,479Private equity firm CBPE backed a £100m buyout last year
71RMECOilfield services providerForfarMar 1455.19%9,02716Still operates from the founder's family farm in Scotland [* Latest sales]
72La Fosse AssociatesTechnology recruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1354.44%23,77665Company supports an orphanage and school in Malawi
73EntiérFacilities services providerAberdeenSep 1354.05%32,213136Runs a competition for Aberdeen schoolchildren to win an apprenticeship at the firm
74RaphaCycling apparel maker and retailerNorth LondonFeb 1453.99%28,121170Has diversified into Rapha Cycle Clubs, a meeting place for cyclists, a retail space and a café [† Latest sales]
75Golden CharterFuneral plan providerGlasgowMar 1453.54%32,591355It works on behalf of more than 3,150 independent funeral directors throughout the UK
762 HeadsExhibition design agencyBuckinghamshireJul 1352.90%10,86031Its clients include Disney, Sony and BBC Worldwide
77Animal Friends Pet InsurancePet insurance providerWiltshireDec 1352.79%11,69596Has donated £2m to more than 300 animal welfare charities
78Beautybay.comOnline cosmetics retailerManchesterDec 1352.73%15,70552Stocks 9,000 beauty lines, ranging from exfoliators and skin peels to false eye lashes
79Naked WinesOnline wine retailerNorwichDec 1352.36%38,67080Its 220,000 ‘angel’ investors receive discounts of up to 50% on retail prices
80ChildrensalonChildrenswear retailerChildrensalonChildrenswear retailerTunbridge WellsDec 1352.32%20,06893Stocks children’s clothes from more than 270 brands, including Dior, Gucci and Burberry
81StaffgroupRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1352.01%42,48899Works in more than 40 countries with customers such as Intel and Chevron
82SovexConveyor belt manufacturerWirralDec 1351.75%20,417149Its conveyor belts are used by postal companies to move parcels
83NascoConsumer goods distributorWest LondonDec 1351.33%22,29945Offers foreign language labelling on the products it exports for customers
84BDB Design BuildCar showroom builderSheffieldMar 1450.56%24,10619Has built more than 100 car dealerships [* Latest sales]
85Abra WholesaleConsumer products wholesalerNorth LondonMar 1450.35%34,92750Planning to expand across East Africa, the Middle East and Far East [* Latest sales]
86Zigma Ground SolutionsTemporary roadway providerStanstedMar 1449.95%11,00515Every year it provides a temporary track during a Ferrari display for Children in Need [* Latest sales]
87LA Micro UKIT resellerWindsorApr 1449.83%9,72219Has 5,000 business and public sector customers worldwide [* Latest sales]
88Express EngineeringPrecision engineerGatesheadMar 1449.75%37,792251It services oil and gas clients such as GE Oil & Gas, Aker and Cameron [*† Latest sales]
89Original BTCLighting manufacturerOxfordshireOct 1349.59%8,19146Its lights illuminate Gordon Ramsay's Maze restaurant in London [* Latest sales]
90GemporiaHome shopping jewellery retailerWorcestershireMar 1449.38%99,564579The co-founders starred in an ITV documentary about the business, shown in September [* Latest sales]
91Clubhouse GolfGolf retailerManchesterSep 1349.23%7,80749Its 25,000 sq ft warehouse stocks 4,500 product lines [* Latest sales]
92Nurture LandscapesLandscape maintenanceSurreyMar 1448.29%11,984231Sells honey from its beehives at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus to raise money for charity
93Distinction DoorsDoor distributorBarnsleyDec 1347.83%33,34649Is expanding overseas, sending a delivery to its first customer in India in September
94CNGCommercial gas supplierHarrogateApr 1447.62%196,55474Aims to more than double its share of the commercial gas market to 10% within 10 years [* Latest sales]
95Glide UtilitiesUtility payment services providerBirminghamSep 1447.20%13,00063Has raised more than £1m from angel investors since it was founded in 2006 [* Latest sales]
96Tandom Metallurgical GroupMetal processorCheshireAug 1347.18%58,21166Investment in new equipment means it can now produce more than 700 tons of alloy a week
97Vibrant Energy MattersEnergy services providerCaerphillyDec 1346.99%7,201158Has supplied more than 1m Energy Performance Certificates since it was founded in 2008
98LoungersCafé and bar operatorBristolApr 1445.61%33,731880Operates 53 informal café bars and restaurant bars across England and Wales [* Latest sales]
99Corbin & KingRestaurant and hotel operatorCentral LondonMar 1445.45%35,402674In October it opened its first hotel, the Beaumont in Mayfair [* Latest sales]
100SportsShoes.comSports goods retailerWest YorkshireFeb 1444.57%33,475101Sells running shoes and clothing to customers in 100 countries

* Supplied by Company  † Annualised figure

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