The MT Top 100 is a league table of the biggest players in the road transport industry, compiled using the most recent set of accounts published at Companies House for each company. It ranks companies by turnover, growth in profit, growth in turnover, and return on sales.
Only third-party road transport operators are eligible for inclusion in the Top 100 – we do not include own-account operators, pallet networks or any logistics firm that does not hold an O-licence and operate its own fleet of vehicles.
Where possible, we strip out any revenue derived from non-transport activities such as vehicle maintenance, manufacturing or vehicle sales. The notes at the back of the Top 100 explain our thought process behind some of the trickier entries, so please refer to the notes as you read each year’s Top 100 report.
The Top 100 started in the 1980s as the Top 50: in 1986, the top 10 comprised NFC, United Transport International, Transport Development Group, P&O European Transport Services, Freightliners, Lex (Transport & Distribution), United Parcels, Wincanton Transport, Bayford & Co, and Mitchell Cotts Transportation (UK).
In 1995 it became the Top 100 and over the years has established itself as the road transport industry’s ‘who’s who’, with smaller operators vying to make it into the bottom echelons of the tables and the bigger boys battling it out for pole position every year.