The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2018 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2018?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2018 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 2018 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1Midwinter SolutionsClinical trials supplierBurton-on-TrentFeb 18233.29%61,82320Its co-founders worked at Clinigen, which was No 1 on Fast Track in 2011 before it floated on AIM
2Crep ProtectFootwear accessories developerWest LondonFeb 18190.74%27,46529Sells its footwear protection and cleaning products in 52 countries around the world [* Latest sales]
3Revolution BeautyBeauty products retailerKentDec 17152.92%71,78894Has a range of cruelty-free beauty and cosmetic products starting at just £1
4MissomaOnline jewellery brandWest LondonMar 18148.26%5,97015Plans to use 3D printing to create crystals for future jewellery collections
5Mission MarsBar and restaurant operatorManchesterSep 18147.37%27,744531Raised £10.2m from BGF in July to fund the expansion of its Rudy's and Schloss hospitality brands [†* Latest sales]
6Warner EdwardsGin distillerNorthamptonshireDec 17142.58%6,05221Each bottle of its rhubarb gin contains one-third fresh rhubarb juice [* Latest sales]
7One Retail GroupConsumer products retailerNorthwest LondonDec 17141.53%13,97012Founder Joshua Stevens started his first business aged 13 [* Latest sales]
8AerFinAircraft and spares servicesCaerphillyDec 17140.68%70,22187Has spent more than £100m buying used aircraft, engines and spares worldwide
9AFC BournemouthFootball clubBournemouthJun 17138.23%136,456575Achieved a ninth place finish in the Premier League last year, its second season in the top flight
10ISO SpacesModular buildings designerTruroSep 18135.38%5,57529Constructed, fitted and finished 60 apartments made from shipping containers in 24 weeks for Ealing council [* Latest sales]
11Velocity OutletOnline electronics retailerCambridgeDec 17134.32%13,26922Names its speakers after natural landmarks such as Mount Snowdon [* Latest sales]
12GymsharkOnline sportswear retailerSolihullJul 18127.86%103,232202Its social media pages have a combined following of more than 7m and combined audience of 65m [* Latest sales]
13Cult BeautyOnline beauty retailerCentral LondonMay 18125.88%66,742108Has raised £1.8m funding from investors including the founders of Net-a-Porter and Lovefilm [* Latest sales]
14Ridgepoint HomesHousebuilder and developerHigh WycombeDec 17124.72%34,61921Is creating 135 family homes adjacent to the Grand Union Canal in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
15CField ConstructionBuilding and civil engineering contractorCentral LondonDec 17111.99%50,00939Built Field of Dreams educational centre for adults with Down’s syndrome in Cork
16INSTAsmileDental veneer retailerManchesterSep 18109.45%5,58045Placed side-by-side, the veneers it has made since 2012 would cover roughly four miles [* Latest sales]
17Mowgli Street FoodIndian restaurant chainLiverpoolJul 18106.05%8,066254Founder Nisha Katona spent 20 years working as a child protection barrister before opening her first restaurant [* Latest sales]
18Lusso StoneLuxury bathroom retailerMiddlesbroughSep 18105.41%7,96511Its baths, sinks and showers can be found in high-end hotels such as Claridge’s in Mayfair
19Brewhouse & KitchenMicrobrewery and pub operatorNorth LondonSep 17103.82%11,424281Most expensive own-brand pint is under £6 and 48% of its customers are female [† Latest sales]
20Oxford Summer CoursesEducational course providerOxfordSep 18103.80%8,11426Runs courses for overseas students across Cambridge, London, Stanford and Bangalore [* Latest sales]
21Charlotte Tilbury BeautyBeauty products retailerWest LondonDec 17102.11%100,653989Charlotte Tilbury was appointed an MBE at Buckingham Palace last month
22Eccleston HomesHousebuilderWarringtonOct 1799.01%13,33926Founder Kevin Marren sold his previous housebuilding venture to Bovis Homes for £26m
23Beat ConceptsBespoke uniform supplierCentral LondonSep 1798.36%11,38811Designed and supplied the eye-catching ultra-reflective jackets worn by Deliveroo riders [†* Latest sales]
24VaporizedVaping shop chainEdinburghDec 1796.65%22,677220In October it announced plans to open another 200 stores by 2021, bringing its total to over 300
25VeezuTaxi hire providerNewportDec 1795.62%25,929304Donates 1p to charity for every ride booked through its app
26HalalBookingSpecialist online travel agencyReadingDec 1790.01%10,13236More than 80% of its turnover is generated from bookings made by overseas customers [* Latest sales]
27Corinium Global IntelligenceConference organiserCirencesterMay 1887.35%5,55956All of its 56 employees across five continents work remotely [* Latest sales]
28Urban Pubs & BarsPub operatorWest LondonApr 1885.05%16,805241Co-founders sold their previous venture Realpubs to Greene King for £53m [* Latest sales]
29TFS HealthcareHealthcare recruitment consultancyCentral LondonMar 1884.92%38,621100Runs a “Nurse of the Month” feature on its website
30EnnismoreHotel developer and operatorCentral LondonDec 1784.12%17,38283Its portfolio includes six Hoxton-branded hotels, as well as the Gleneagles golf resort in Scotland
31Pallet-TrackLogistics providerWolverhamptonJan 1884.04%84,656166Says it can transport anything that fits on a pallet, including pianos, trees and fridges
32Wed2bWedding dress retailerMilton KeynesJul 1881.68%18,435418Its wedding dresses range in price from £99 to £699 [* Latest sales]
33ClearabeeWaste collection servicesBirminghamDec 1777.51%8,999146Purchased 10 acres of native woodland in the Scottish Borders to offset all of its CO2 emissions [* Latest sales]
34Pure RetirementSpecialist mortgage brokerLeedsDec 1777.17%21,05552Manages more than £600m in lifetime mortgage loans across the UK
35Beavertown BreweryCraft breweryNorth LondonMar 1877.16%12,74074It is the official craft beer supplier of the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium
36BoxparkRetail leisure developerBrightonApr 1875.77%8,40048Grime artist Stormzy launched his 2017 album Gang Signs and Prayer at Boxpark Croydon [* Latest sales]
37TravelUpTravel agencyBerkshireMar 1875.34%77,26374Its websites receive 20,000 visits a day, up 65% on last year
38Henley HomesProperty developerSouthwest LondonDec 1775.23%36,45817The Victorian hospital it is converting in Manchester was once used as the set of a horror film
39Flat IronSteak restaurant chainCentral LondonAug 1775.05%11,715220Customers regularly queue for up to two hours to secure a table at its no-reservation restaurants
40Cheevers HowardHigh-end construction contractorWest LondonMar 1873.07%25,93095One of its directors drove to the south of France to personally collect glass panels for a client [* Latest sales]
41Real Wrap Co.Food-to-go manufacturerBristolMar 1872.64%7,110105Supplied 15,000 sandwiches to 68 world leaders and their entourages at the G8 summit in 2013 [* Latest sales]
42Tropic SkincareBeauty products manufacturerCroydonJun 1872.51%22,475120Founder Susie Ma started selling cosmetic products at Greenwich Market aged 15 [* Latest sales]
43Five GuysBurger restaurant chainWest LondonDec 1772.38%121,9652086Says customers have more than 250,000 combinations to choose from when they order one of its burgers [* Latest sales]
44Corley + WoolleyFit-out contractorCentral LondonDec 1771.79%25,84927Fitted a bespoke oyster-shaped bar in the Rosebery tea rooms at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
45BraidwaterHousebuilderLondonderryMar 1871.75%24,10346Growth-capital firm BGF has invested twice in the past three years
46CussinsHousebuilderNorthumberlandSep 1870.89%33,06388The Duke of Northumberland owns a 35% stake in the business [* Latest sales]
47GrenadeSports nutrition brandSolihullDec 1770.55%33,82033Says its Carb Killa protein bars outsell single Mars bars in UK grocers [* Latest sales]
48CarFinance247Vehicle finance providerManchesterJun 1869.49%47,456423More than £35m of loans are completed every month via its website, it says [* Latest sales]
49Chi Chi LondonOnline fashion retailerEnfieldDec 1769.20%18,40744Its designs have been spotted on celebrities such as Love Island presenter Caroline Flack [†* Latest sales]
50Character.comBranded clothing retailerSwanseaJul 1768.84%12,24226Products range from Star Wars stormtrooper backpacks to Peppa Pig dressing gowns [* Latest sales]
51SkinnydipFashion accessories retailerNorthwest LondonDec 1768.70%15,60385Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Kylie Jenner have been spotted with its products [* Latest sales]
52Daisy GreenAussie cafe chainWest LondonApr 1866.49%5,819175British pop art icon Sir Peter Blake designed this chain’s floating bar on the Grand Union Canal in London [* Latest sales]
53Harrison BathroomsBathroom distributorWest YorkshireJun 1866.48%13,07658Sells 12,000 pieces of bathroom stock per week [* Latest sales]
54Total Management GroupEvents and travel agencyCentral LondonMar 1866.39%12,00239Over 20,000 people have attended its 180 events in 50 countries, including celebrities such as Eva Longoria [* Latest sales]
55EasirentCar rental providerLiverpoolNov 1764.35%31,171259Launched four US branches last year, all located at Florida airports [* Latest sales]
56ITD GlobalInternational courierManchesterApr 1863.70%18,10139It is integrated with delivery partners including Hermes, UPS and FedEx [* Latest sales]
57Xcede GroupSpecialist recruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1763.07%18,64054Has placed staff at the likes of Deliveroo, British Gas and Facebook [* Latest sales]
58mac-groupConstruction and fit-out contractorCo DownDec 1762.95%94,72483As a teenager, founder Paul McKenna worked as a joiner for £8 a day
59Welland PowerGenerator manufacturerLincolnshireMar 1859.40%23,04828Its diesel generators power schools, hospitals and police stations in China and Pakistan
60Matchroom SportSporting events promoterEssexJun 1858.60%137,20085This year its high-profile boxing matches have included Joshua v Povetkin, held at Wembley in September [* Latest sales]
61Shopper Media GroupMarketing agencyCentral LondonSep 1758.16%24,36284Co-founders started the firm with £1,000 savings
62The Office GroupShared workspace providerCentral LondonDec 1757.76%90,091241Its 31 flexible office spaces across London have features such as gyms, roof terraces and meditation rooms
63VentricaOutsourced contact centre operatorSouthend-on-SeaOct 1757.62%9,448354Provides online customer service for Jimmy Choo, New Look and Ugg Australia
64Red ArchAutomotive component manufacturerNorthamptonshireJul 1857.12%14,69075It evolved from the engineering arm of early racing car pioneer the Cooper Car Company
65HomeslicePizza restaurant chainWest LondonApr 1856.65%5,537145Co-founders Alan and Mark are the sons of the late Sir Terry Wogan [* Latest sales]
66SmyleCreative agencyHertfordMar 1856.27%26,94865Its projects have included the Ryder Cup opening ceremony in 2010, 2014 and 2018 [* Latest sales]
67Task Consumer ProductsLavatory paper manufacturerWolverhamptonDec 1756.16%29,24145Produces 60,000 tons of paper products a year at its 250,000 sq ft factory
68Send For HelpLone-worker protection providerSouthwest LondonMar 1855.97%12,803100Says it sells the world's smallest personal safety alarm
69END.Online menswear retailerNewcastleMar 1855.76%101,051316Launched its flagship store in London’s Soho in October
70Sustainable AdvantageEnergy and waste consultancySouthwest LondonApr 1855.63%5,76223Reduces energy and waste costs for customers such as Pret, Marriott and Transport for London
71BrewDogBreweryAberdeenshireDec 1755.59%111,551777Features in Fast Track 100 for a record seventh consecutive year and was valued at £1bn in April 2017
72ES BroadcastBroadcast equipment supplierWatfordJun 1855.10%21,40028Plans to open a US office as part of its North American expansion plans [* Latest sales]
73StaircraftHousing materials manufacturerWarwickshireDec 1754.92%35,8672661,500 houses a week are built using Staircraft products
74Highwood GroupConstruction contractor and developerHampshireFeb 1853.62%37,78842Is developing 750 homes at North Stoneham Park in Hampshire
75Elonex GroupAdvertising space leaserBirminghamDec 1751.83%6,71539Its advertising boards on London taxi rooftops deliver 10m impressions every fortnight, it says
76AYMESNutritional supplement developerHaywards HeathMar 1851.63%6,38423Says its entry into the market has saved the NHS £40m [* Latest sales]
77Prime GlobalMedical communications agencyCheshireDec 1751.61%17,163157Has offices in Manchester, London, New York, and San Francisco [†* Latest sales]
78Agon SystemsSecurity tagging manufacturerEast SussexSep 1850.58%6,55219Its client JD Sports recorded a 66% reduction in shoplifting in stores where its tags are used [* Latest sales]
79Around NoonFood-to-go manufacturerCo DownDec 1750.50%19,246235Acquired Slough-based Chef in a Box last year to strengthen its presence in the UK mainland [* Latest sales]
80Fizz CreationsNovelty items wholesalerWest SussexJan 1850.39%14,13844Started out as a way to make use of surplus warehouse space at another of the owners’ businesses [* Latest sales]
81naughtoneFurniture designer and manufacturerNorth YorkshireMay 1850.12%23,36240Its furniture can be found in the offices of Google, Twitter and LinkedIn [* Latest sales]
82Thakeham GroupHousebuilder and construction contractorWest SussexSep 1750.12%47,644130Has more than 200 new homes under construction across southeast England [* Latest sales]
83James and JamesEcommerce fulfilment providerNorthamptonDec 1750.07%8,936100The firm is named after co-founders James Hyde and James Strachan [* Latest sales]
84XL DisplaysExhibition equipment retailerPeterboroughSep 1749.29%5,47542Founder Joanne Bass started the business while on maternity leave after the birth of her first child [* Latest sales]
85C2eventsEvents agencyWakefieldDec 1749.07%6,90417Three-quarters of its events take place outside the UK [* Latest sales]
86Third BridgeResearch services providerCentral LondonDec 1748.56%71,461589Is named after a bridge in Botswana, the last before you reach uncharted territory
87ARB RecyclingCharity sector recyclerKentJun 1848.47%8,20074Its collection drivers cover the equivalent of four journeys to the moon and back each year [* Latest sales]
88Anthesis GroupSustainability consultancyCentral LondonDec 1748.15%13,755201Claims it helps 26% of FTSE100 meet their climate change goals
89EakinSpecialist printerCo ArmaghDec 1748.12%50,896319It aquired US licence plate manufacturer John R Wald last year as part of its overseas expansion plans
90VanaramaVehicle leasing brokerHemel HempsteadDec 1747.83%61,014197Founder came up with its catchy jingle after hearing the hymn Sing Hosanna at a wedding
91Honest BurgersBurger restaurant chainCentral LondonJan 1847.76%22,258476Produces 42,000 burger patties a week at its in-house butchers
92Plimsoll ProductionsTV show producerBristolAug 1847.61%19,458102Is producing a Bear Grylls-hosted documentary series Hostile Planet for the National Geographic Channel [* Latest sales]
93CinosAudiovisual systems installerSurreyOct 1747.37%10,29449Has delivered systems for command and control rooms in Singapore, America, the Middle East and the UK
94TRBLightweight materials manufacturerCambridgeshireDec 1746.64%16,637176Made the floors used in capsules on the London Eye and the chassis for Heathrow's driverless PODs
95Blackrock Expert ServicesDispute resolution consultancyCentral LondonOct 1746.57%29,70884Consulted on construction disputes involving London’s tallest building, the Shard [* Latest sales]
96JDXBusiness consultancyCentral LondonMar 1846.48%34,505547Co-founder set up financial consultancy DCG, which he expanded to 450 staff in four years
97Ocee InternationalFurniture manufacturerNorthamptonJun 1845.91%39,648190Its furniture can be found in offices and universities across Europe, America, China and Australia
98The LightCinema chainCentral LondonJul 1845.88%24,926375Each of its 10 cinemas sells locally brewed craft beer and its spirits and ice cream are also locally sourced [* Latest sales]
99Giggling SquidThai restaurant chainGuildfordMar 1845.77%23,714492Last March it found £20,000 of fine wine stashed in a secret cellar by previous owners of its Windsor site [* Latest sales]
100BioPhorumBiopharmaceutical forum organiserSheffieldDec 1745.53%5,18150Says more than half its staff have a masters degree, and a quarter have a PhD [* Latest sales]

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