Hays Travel and Alpharooms have been named among the UK’s fastest growing companies in the 2008 Real Business/LDC Hot 100 league table.

The survey, which has been running for more than ten years, tracks the fastest growing firms over the past four years.

Sheffield’s online hotel booking agency Alpharooms was the highest ranked travel business in 20th place, following an average 121% growth each year. The agency has grown from a one-man operation in 1998 to a £5.5m turnover business handling over 150,000 bookings a year.

Hays Travel was in 72nd place with a growth of 67% year on year. The travel agency group has already pledged to open 30 new agencies in the East Midlands this year.

Turkey specialist Goldtrail Travel also made number 61 on the list, with a 76% annual growth. Tour operators Audley Travel Group and Holidays4U also make an appearance.

Sponsor LCD managing director Grant Berry said: ” This success is a testament to the diversity and resilience of the UK economy, providing clear evidence that our entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.”

Click here to see the full Hot 100 league table.