The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2016 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2016?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2016 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 2016 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1GymsharkOnline activewear retailerWorcestershireJul 16193.27%12,84153Its 18 “athletic ambassadors” have 20m followers on social media [* Latest sales]
2LoveholidaysOnline travel agencyCentral LondonOct 15183.90%14,548223Investors include co-founder Brent Hoberman and Better Capital founder Jon Moulton
3Chemist-4-U.comOnline pharmacyLancashireSep 15172.66%16,94048Is one of Royal Mail's largest customers in the northwest, sending up to 16,000 parcels a day [* Latest sales]
4Heck! FoodGourmet sausage producerNorth YorkshireJul 16170.13%11,22864Named after a line in the 1983 movie Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise [* Latest sales]
5Carfinance247Vehicle finance providerManchesterJun 16161.01%25,027320Says £25m worth of loans are completed each month through its website [* Latest sales]
6AerFinAircraft and spares servicesSouth WalesDec 15158.34%15,33240Customers include airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France and Philippine Airlines [† Latest sales]
7AcroAircraft seat manufacturerCrawleyDec 15156.55%33,408108Manufactures 3,000 seats a month for more than 30 clients [* Latest sales]
8ESM PowerElectrical engineerScunthorpeApr 16146.43%12,43341Sponsors Scunthorpe Rugby Club, where its managing director used to play [* Latest sales]
9GreenTech DistributionMobile phone recycler and distributorHigh WycombeFeb 16143.84%64,24625Provides an in-house repair service in more than 40 Samsung stores across Europe
10EnnismoreHospitality developer and operatorCentral LondonDec 15141.64%10,51139Spending £500m to roll out its Hoxton hotel brand internationally
11Globe LocumsHealthcare recruitment consultancyCentral LondonMay 16140.92%29,56044More than 70% of its candidates come from outside the UK [* Latest sales]
12Pink BoutiqueOnline fashion retailerNewcastle upon TyneFeb 16138.84%7,70944Ships 2,000 garments a day from its warehouse in Newcastle [* Latest sales]
13Transflex Vehicle RentalVehicle rental providerStockton-on-TeesDec 15134.39%11,50431Has grown from 50 vehicles five years ago to a fleet of 3,300
14TropicSkincare manufacturerCroydonJun 16131.32%7,54155In its Surrey “beauty kitchen”, “chefs” create natural products sold by 5,000 ambassadors [* Latest sales]
15Wool WarehouseOnline yarn retailerLeamington SpaMay 16127.94%5,09740Its largest customer group is made up of 24- to 30-year-olds [* Latest sales]
16Victorian PlumbingOnline bathroom retailerMerseysideSep 15116.63%42,264111Was originally set up as a sideline to provide income for the founder's father
17Athena PTSElectrical engineerCumbriaJul 16115.47%6,76052Won £3m of new contracts in January alone [* Latest sales]
18Green Frog ConnectUtilities connections providerBirminghamMar 16114.21%20,55710Its connections at solar farms and power stations provide reserve power to the National Grid
19Honest BurgersBurger restaurant operatorCentral LondonJan 16110.69%10,148203Has expanded to 16 restaurants across London, including in Peckham, Tooting and Camden [† Latest sales]
20Lindy BopVintage fashion designerManchesterOct 15108.83%10,05454Its vintage-inspired womenswear is especially popular in Scandinavia
21A-2 SeaSubsea telecoms supplierHampshireSep 15106.43%8,32817Has worked on projects in countries such as Colombia, Panama, Iraq and Taiwan [* Latest sales]
22JDXBusiness consultancyCentral LondonMar 16105.16%14,778207Co-founder set up financial consultancy DCG, which he expanded to 450 staff in four years
23Enra GroupSpecialist loan providerBorehamwoodDec 15101.72%30,92860Its West One Loans subsidiary lent almost £400m in 2015
24GtechAppliance manufacturerWorcestershireNov 1595.97%65,98381Has sold more than 22m domestic appliances in 19 countries
25PureGymGym operatorLeedsDec 1595.22%125,201960Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy joined as an investor and adviser last year
26HYPE.Fashion retailerLeicesterApr 1694.44%14,98151Fans of the HYPE. brand include the American rappers Jay-Z and 50 Cent [* Latest sales]
27The City Pub CompanyPub operatorCentral LondonDec 1592.27%20,312283Differentiates itself from other chain pubs by allowing its managers to choose suppliers [* Latest sales]
28Northvale ConstructionConstruction contractorNorthwest LondonMar 1691.97%10,39824Recently completed two separate £2m school projects in London [* Latest sales]
29Evolution MoneySecured loans providerManchesterDec 1590.11%10,994102Its head of credit risk was “Dr Stats” on Strictly Come Dancing
30Day WebsterHealthcare recruitment consultancyNortheast LondonMar 1689.59%89,672175Its founders started the business with £122,000 of savings [* Latest sales]
31Pixel InspirationDigital signage agencyAltrinchamDec 1589.40%6,70360Its screens for Argos can advertise umbrellas when it is raining and barbecues when it is hot
32New World Trading CompanyPub and restaurant operatorCheshireMar 1688.97%30,186600Won a Guinness World Record for largest gin-tasting event, with 796 participants in 9 venues
334mostCredit risk analytics consultancyCentral LondonSep 1688.41%12,07599Founder Mark Sisson began his career selling mainframe computers to banks [* Latest sales]
34AndusiaWaste exporterHertfordMar 1687.95%17,44711Exports 300,000 tons of waste each year
35Mobile Phones DirectOnline mobile phone retailerBerkshireMar 1685.15%79,25396Sells the latest mobile phone handsets from manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, and Sony [* Latest sales]
36BTL PropertyResidential design and build contractorSouthwest LondonApr 1682.48%11,8223525% of its staff served in the military [* Latest sales]
37Torchlight GroupCounter threat adviserSwindonJun 1679.27%10,12828Works with governments, corporations and private clients on complex security challenges [* Latest sales]
38BULK POWDERSSports nutrition brandColchesterDec 1578.49%15,34575Originally an import business, it now exports to 12 countries [* Latest sales]
39Professor PuzzlePuzzle retailerSouthwest LondonJun 1676.87%8,00234Founder started the business in 1999, aged 23 and with only £250 [* Latest sales]
40TomorrowDesigner brands wholesalerEast LondonDec 1576.52%17,15541Promotes new fashion brands at its 20,000 sq ft showroom in Paris during fashion weeks [* Latest sales]
41AlphaSightsBusiness information providerCentral LondonDec 1573.60%48,617269Clients include nine of the top 10 global private equity firms
42High Street TVTV shopping channelHarrogateDec 1572.15%74,640112Top-selling products are the NutriBullet blender and the XHose expanding hosepipe
43SkinnydipFashion accessories retailerNorthwest LondonDec 1570.97%6,63750Its fast fashion website attracts more than a million visitors a month [* Latest sales]
44ShowcaseFurniture dealerEssexMar 1670.27%24,26234Has worked on events such as the World Retail Congress in Dubai [* Latest sales]
45Net World SportsOnline sports goods retailerWrexhamSep 1669.93%11,86762Sells 100,000 football goals a year around the world [* Latest sales]
46Alliance SurgicalHealthcare providerBirminghamMar 1669.93%14,76660Has treated 25,000 patients in 2016, including the England football team and Team GB Olympians
47Send For HelpLone-worker protection providerSouthwest LondonMar 1669.69%6,10154Its personal security devices protect more than 100,000 lone workers
48HotchaChinese takeawayBristolMar 1669.56%6,261160Has built an infrastructure network to support up to 100 outlets nationwide [* Latest sales]
49The Office GroupShared workspace providerCentral LondonDec 1567.74%43,160143Its 1.1m sq ft of office space is home to the likes of Facebook, Coca-Cola and Dropbox
50Lily’s KitchenPet food manufacturerNorthwest LondonMar 1666.94%14,54048Named after the founder's border terrier [* Latest sales]
51LSE Retail GroupOnline lighting retailerManchesterDec 1566.67%14,18161Fulfilled more than 750,000 customer orders so far in 2016
52M&M ContractorsInfrastructure services providerBelfastOct 1566.09%11,83046Installed a 4,600km subsea fibre-optic cable between the UK and the US [* Latest sales]
53Aquinna HomesHousebuilderBuckinghamshireDec 1564.23%18,83317Focusing on high specification, its houses are among the most expensive in town
54RHAHeadphone designerGlasgowMar 1664.10%6,16442Apple sells this company's headphones through its stores and website [* Latest sales]
55ShinerSports goods distributorBristolApr 1663.63%38,22691Runs its own skateboard and skating news channel online [* Latest sales]
56Inside Ideas GroupMarketing services providerCentral LondonJun 1663.51%65,626700Its customers include BMW, Adidas, Starbucks and Virgin Media [* Latest sales]
57Giggling SquidRestaurant operatorGuildfordMar 1663.46%11,840280Its first restaurant was in the basement of a fisherman's cottage in Brighton
58Hadrian TechnologyCCTV systems providerSunderlandJul 1663.30%5,03511Its cameras help guard treasures loaned to South Shields Museum by the British Museum [* Latest sales]
59Readie ConstructionConstruction contractorRomfordMar 1663.28%91,57981Its website allows users to view live webcams of its current projects [* Latest sales]
60Opus Professional Services GroupIT recruitment consultancyBristolDec 1562.27%39,736142Staff benefits include the complimentary use of a Tuscan villa [* Latest sales]
61LintbellsPet nutritional supplements makerHertfordshireDec 1562.09%7,20441Works with UK universities to develop its pet supplements, which are sold in 15 countries [* Latest sales]
62Your World Recruitment GroupHealthcare recruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1561.79%98,232174Places more than 2,300 healthcare staff a day
63PureHealthy food chainCentral LondonDec 1561.70%10,037193Whitbread bought a 49% stake in the business for £6.8m in May
64BrewDogBreweryAberdeenshireDec 1561.32%44,730403Has 53,000 investors worldwide after a crowdfunding appeal to support US expansion
65Diamond LogisticsLogistics services providerGuildfordMay 1660.50%6,49616Transported 650 tons of goods a month in 2016 [* Latest sales]
66Aptus UtilitiesUtilities connections providerBoltonMar 1660.49%19,848138In July it connected 400 homes in Merseyside to the gas, electricity and water mains
67MissguidedFashion retailerManchesterMar 1659.75%117,336349Its new four-storey HQ in Manchester features a light tunnel to help staff take better selfies [* Latest sales]
68Xercise4LessGym operatorLeedsJul 1659.73%28,753600Offers its members 200 free workout classes per month [* Latest sales]
69RFS GroupManagement consultancySwindonDec 1559.36%39,60150Its new office features a breakout area designed as an Alpine ski lodge
70Bill’s RestaurantsRestaurant operatorCentral LondonAug 1658.90%110,5472,909Sources its own-label products from independent suppliers [* Latest sales]
71G&PQuality management consultancyBirminghamDec 1558.56%47,6031,223Launched operations in China in 2014 when Jaguar Land Rover started manufacturing there [* Latest sales]
72Prospero GroupRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonJun 1658.36%23,48697Sources teachers for UK schools from English-speaking countries around the world
73Audley RetirementRetirement village operatorStainesDec 1558.16%43,500301Its luxury retirement homes sell for an average of £500,000
74GrenadeSports nutrition developerCoventryDec 1558.14%8,56316American special forces are among this sports nutrition company's customers [* Latest sales]
75Boss CabinsCabin manufacturerLincolnshireMar 1657.68%25,22487Heimdall, its new lighting tower company, is named after the Norse god of light [* Latest sales]
76Home Grown HotelsBoutique hotel operatorHampshireDec 1557.38%14,208298Its menu can change daily, depending on what the “kitchen gardener” suggests
77Lioncourt HomesHousebuilder and developerWorcestershireMar 1657.36%40,52454Its management team has more than 100 years' experience in the housebuilding industry
78AnescoEnergy efficiency consultancyReadingMar 1657.08%213,670111Says it was the first British firm to install a commercial-scale battery charged by solar power
79MaylimExternal works contractorCentral LondonDec 1556.90%26,55231Sourced two cannon for Arsenal's Emirates stadium as part of external works and landscaping
80END.Online menswear retailerNewcastle upon TyneMar 1656.86%37,931146Half of its sales are generated overseas including in France and Germany
81JB StructuresBuilding contractorWatfordMar 1656.51%22,71714Its high profile projects include working with Arsenal FC to develop the club's training facilities
82Lundy ProjectsSpecialist railway constructorStockportSep 1556.27%25,61823Its robot-powered steelwork facility operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week
83WatchfinderPre-owned watch retailerKentMar 1655.49%60,777108Sells a watch every 30 minutes, worth an average of £5,000 each [* Latest sales]
84MorganstoneConstruction contractorSouth WalesMar 1655.22%18,795110Is a supplier on the £850m South West Wales Framework for public sector development
85Radnor House GroupIndependent schools operatorSouthwest LondonAug 1554.88%7,234112Runs a mini Dragons' Den for Year 9 students who may be budding entrepreneurs
86Service Care SolutionsRecruitment consultancyPrestonMar 1654.64%35,63473Founder set up the company in his back bedroom in 2005
87Third BridgeResearch services providerCentral LondonDec 1554.63%32,252306Third Bridge is named after a bridge in Botswana, the last before reaching uncharted territory
88InstantprintOnline printerRotherhamApr 1654.41%19,898198Prints 450,000 business cards a day, using 9,000 sheets of A2 card
89Rosa’s Thai CaféThai restaurant chainCentral LondonMar 1653.87%5,502140Rosa's was the name of the former greasy spoon cafe on the site of its first restaurant [* Latest sales]
90Panther WarehousingLogistics services providerNorthamptonDec 1553.40%27,372250Managing director Colin McCarthy used to play as a striker for Nottingham Forest FC travel agentWorcestershireNov 1553.18%36,328179Its community-focused website allows first-time cruise passengers to find tips and join forums
92CennoxBanking automation services providerSurreyDec 1552.24%30,987466Supplies some of the largest global banks with cash machines
93LoafFurniture retailerCentral LondonMar 1651.14%26,901100Launched a range of sofas in August in collaboration with John Lewis
94T.O.M. Vehicle RentalCommercial vehicle hireNorth LanarkshireMar 1650.67%213,231575Will supply 7,500 rentals a year to Scottish Power under a recent deal [* Latest sales]
95World FirstInternational payments providerCentral LondonDec 1550.48%61,562362Processed more than £10bn of currency transactions worldwide last year [† Latest sales]
96LoungersCafé and bar operatorBristolApr 1649.99%68,4751,793Opened 15 new Lounges and six Cosy Clubs in the past year [* Latest sales]
97Pet BrandsPet accessory manufacturerWest YorkshireJan 1649.94%10,27142Its festive pet products include Christmas stockings for dogs and cats [* Latest sales]
98MAATS TechMarine engineering consultancyWinchesterSep 1549.84%38,71135Is working with Swiss company ABB on the world’s most advanced cable-laying vessel
99Engage PartnersRecruitment consultancyWatfordDec 1549.66%32,404118Its "iday" recruitment events enable schools to meet hundreds of job candidates in one day
100Tangle TeezerHair products supplierSouth LondonMar 1649.63%28,56542Famous fans of its detangling hair brush include Victoria Beckham and Cara Delevingne [* Latest sales]

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