A fast track decade: analysing 10 years of high performance

A fast track decade: analysing 10 years of high performance
Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Delta Economics
Publisher
Delta Economics
Date of publication
1 July 2011
Subject(s)
Small business & enterprise: the practicalities of running a small business and the theory of entrepreneurship, Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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Since 1996, the Times Fast track 100 has published an annual supplement that focuses on small and medium sized businesses that have excelled in their first phase of commercial growth. All businesses featured in the Fast Track have experienced rapid growth and also demonstrate high levels of competency in their specific market sectors or professional disciplines. Using this sample as the basis for further analysis, SAP commissioned a review of Fast Track company performance over the past 10 years to answer two questions: What happens to really successful start-ups over time, and what makes already successful businesses exceptional. In essence what makes the best of the best? The research required that all businesses noted in the Fast Track 100 from 2000 – 2009 were investigated against publicly available financial information from 2010/11 to evaluate their growth history. Some 750 records have been tracked to deliver a unique insight into mid-size Britain’s corporate A-List. From this starting point, the top 20 businesses (by growth to 2010/11) in each year were looked at in detail to evaluate how well they demonstrated excellence against a set of company attributes, such as innovation, management and flexibility.

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