PERTHSHIRE-based potato supplier Branston has hit the big time, breaking into the Sunday Times/Grant Thornton 'Top Track 250' league table, which ranks Britain’s fastest growing companies in order of sales.

Branston is now rubbing shoulders with household names such as Aston Martin, Waterstones and David Lloyd Leisure, placed 233 in the table, following sales of £123.2 million last year.

“We’ve experienced double-digit percentage growth in the last year, and that’s down to our fantastic team,” said James Truscott, managing director at Branston.

“We’ve made substantial investments at our sites in Lincoln, Perth and Illminster and as a result we’ve improved the quality of products and services available to our customers.”

Over the last 18 months the company has invested more than £11 million in new machinery as well as opening a dedicated peeling facility to expand its range of products.

“We’ve focused on better, more efficient handling and reducing waste, making the most of every part of the crop,” continued Mr Truscott.

“We’ve also continued to forge closer relationships with our customers and to invest in insight to better understand consumer behaviour. This enables us to develop market-led strategies to innovate and grow their categories. It’s down to the dedication and expertise in the team that such impressive growth has been possible and why we’ve entered this prestigious league table for the first time.”