Fast Track’s founder and CEO Hamish Stevenson talks about the ambitious entrepreneurs his company researches and their key priorities to succeed in a new economy.
Fast Track was founded in 1997 by CEO Hamish Stevenson with The Sunday Times as media partner.
He secured sponsorship from Sir Richard Branson for his research fellowship in entrepreneurship at Oxford University, where he completed his doctorate and remains an associate fellow. With the help of lots of people, entrepreneurs and sponsors, Fast Track has developed into the thriving network it is today.
The first Fast Track 100 league table of the fastest-growing sales featured ARM Holdings with sales of just £17m, which recently sold to SoftBank for £24.4bn. Their other private company league tables rank the UK’s fastest-growing tech firms, companies with the fastest-growing sales, profits and international sales; and they also rank the leading mid-market companies and those with the biggest sales.
Over 20 years, more than 4,500 companies have featured on the league tables. They represent half of the UK’s c2,000 private companies with operating profits of over £3m, and almost all private companies with profits over £20m or sales over £250m.
In this video, Hamish considers what should be done for these ambitious businesses in the new economy.
Hamish recently wrote an article about the history of Fast Track and what has happened to some of the companies that have featured on the first league tables.
BDO is a proud sponsor of three of the seven league tables: Fast Track 100, Profit Track 100 and Tech Track 100. The sponsorship of these programmes is a mark of our commitment to promote and celebrate the success of the UK’s mid-sized companies who we believe are the engine room for growth. A number of the companies featured in the tracks are already household brands and have had success in both domestic and overseas markets while others are undergoing accelerated growth aspire to reach similar levels of success as their peers on the league tables.