The 21st annual list, published in the newspaper on 3 December 2017, is for Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing sales.
NWTC, which currently employs 858 members of staff came in at number 56, slightly ahead of BrewDog, which was number 62.
The Sunday Times said about NWTC: “This upmarket pub chain runs 20 venues, including the Botanist, famed for its herb-based cocktails, and the Smuggler’s Cove, a pirate-themed bar in Liverpool boasting more than 150 types of rum.
“The Knutsford-based company was spun out from restaurant group Living Ventures in 2013, backed by private-equity firms LDC and Hill Capital Partners, and changed ownership again in June last year, when Graphite Capital acquired the company for £50m.
“Under chief executive Chris Hill, 37, the group’s sales grew to £40.1m this year. It has recently launched the Canal House in Birmingham.”
BrewDog, which has 650 employees, has featured in the Fast Track 100 for a record sixth year and was valued at £1bn in April this year.
Meanwhile, this wasn’t the first time the two companies had been featured in a highly acclaimed league table as in February this year both appeared on The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For 2017 list.
NWTC ranked in 10th place, BrewDog in 80th alongside Peach Pubs at 45th place and the Alchemist in 63rd place. Oakman Inns, which ranked 42nd in 2016, stormed into 8th place.
The list celebrated the best employers using measures such as staff engagement and training programmes, something all these employers have worked hard to improve and hone in the past year.