2023's 100 fastest-growing private companies, revealed. Data powered by Beauhurst.


Earlier this week, the much-awaited Sunday Times Hundred ranking was revealed to the public. As the exclusive data partner behind the project, we can show you how some of the research behind this list was conducted.

At Beauhurst, we track every private company in the UK and identify those businesses that are innovating and growing. The scaleups we track on the platform must meet certain criteria, such as having an annualised average growth rate of at least 10% or 20% in turnover over three accounting years.

Of those companies that made the list, even the 100th company achieved a growth rate of nearly 50%, which qualifies as hyper-growth and surpasses the standard scale-up category. To jump to a full list of these innovative companies, click here.

The methodology

Each company that features on the ranking has to meet the following criteria:

For companies that met these criteria, a three-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) was calculated using sales turnover. Companies were ranked based on the CAGR.

To collate the entire ranking, The Sunday Times also collected data from Companies House filings and directly from companies themselves. 

The Data Behind The Sunday Times 100

Top 5 fastest-growing private companies 

This is just a sneak peek; click here for the full list of the UK’s fastest-growing companies. 


Join Talent 

Founded: 2018
Location: London
Sector: Recruitment
Annual sales growth over 3 years: 304%


Join Talent provides recruitment and employee onboarding services.



Founded: 2015
Location: Manchester
Sector: Sportswear
Annual sales growth over 3 years: 286%


Castore designs sportswear which it sells online and in a number of clothing shops internationally.  


Bayford Group

Founded: 1919
Location: Leeds
Sector: Energy, property and hospitality
Annual sales growth over 3 years: 268%


Bayford Group owns several companies in the oil and gas, property, pollution prevention, and children’s toys sectors.



Founded: 2019
Location: London
Sector: E-commerce
Annual sales growth over 3 years: 263%


TRIP manufactures a range of CBD drinks. 


Au Vodka 

Founded: 2015
Location: Swansea
Sector: E-commerce
Annual sales growth over 3 years: 237%


Au Vodka manufactures and sells a range of vodka.

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