Profit Track Ones to Watch

The Profit Track Ones to Watch represents the best of the rest of the companies whose profit growth falls just short of the main league table, but who have shown good profit growth in the past and are set to grow rapidly in the future. All shortlisted companies are visited by the Fast Track research team and assessed for inclusion.

Company HQ Location Year end Profits £000 Sales £000 Staff Founded
Crockett & JonesLuxury shoe maker Northampton Feb 17 4,822 29,376 399 1879
Harrogate Water BrandsBottled water producer Harrogate Mar 17 2,219 15,875 65 2002
HypnosBed manufacturer Buckinghamshire Jun 17 3,635 64,304 487 1904
LabLogicScientific technology developer Sheffield Jun 17 2,323 14,560 70 1980
NeptuneFurniture manufacturer Swindon Sep 17 3,113 47,396 410 1996
NutopiaTelevision producer Central London Mar 17 2,416 21,676 50 2009
Recycling LivesWaste management provider Preston Sep 17 4,660 46,452 238 2008
Road TechLogistics technology developer Hertfordshire Apr 17 4,866 10,512 64 1984
Russell FinexIndustrial sieve and filter maker Middlesex Jan 17 4,286 34,868 338 1934
Wendy Wu ToursTour operator Central London Dec 17 *2,860 *30,500 60 1998

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Chairman of the judges

David Buttress, UK co-founder & former CEO, Just Eat; partner at 83North VC

David is an entrepreneur and angel investor who launched online takeaway ordering service Just Eat in the UK in 2006. It featured on our Tech Track 100 in 2011 with sales of just £18.8m; and David led the business from 2013 to 2017, overseeing several major UK and international acquisitions, such as Hungryhouse in the UK, and its £1.5bn IPO in 2014.

Just Eat is now valued at c.£5.3bn. David stepped down from the board last year. In 2014, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Investor Allstars Awards.

He is a partner at VC firm 83North, which invested in merchant services firm iZettle, sold to PayPal in 2018 for $2.2bn.

David is an angel investor in start-ups, including homecare services firm Cera, which raised $17m in Series A in 2018.