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28 May 2019

Charles Russell Speechlys sponsors “Disruptor to Watch” award at The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 awards dinner

On Thursday 16 May, the founders and directors of Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales were recognised at the 22nd annual Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 awards. As part of the firm’s sponsorship of the FastTrack 100, Partner Malcolm MacDougall presented the “Disruptor to Watch” award to chief financial officer Nick Bishop of Graphcore. The chip developer aims to harness the advances being made in machine learning and AI.

The Fast Track 100 annual conference and awards dinner celebrates the best of British entrepreneurship, bringing together the founders and directors of the UK’s private companies with the fastest-growing sales. This year, the event was held at Mill End House in Oxfordshire, hosted by Holly Branson. At the conference, panellists and speakers discussed the differences between Gen Z and Millennials as consumers and employees, including co-founders and directors from GenZGuru, global platform Verve, BrewDog, with Sir Richard Branson then taking part in a Q&A. The conference concluded with a presentation by guest speaker Stephen Attenborough, commercial director at Virgin Galactic, which is on track to become the world’s first passenger-carrying commercial spaceline.

Commenting on the sponsorship with the Fast Track 100, Malcolm MacDougall said: "We are delighted to be sponsoring the FastTrack 100. We think this is a brilliant event, with the top hundred high-growth companies in the UK all in the same room, sharing their respective success stories. We want to work with these exciting businesses as they help to grow the British economy" .

Read more about our sponsorship here, and our experience in working with Fast Track high-growth companies, past and present, here.