According to the league table, which is published annually by the Sunday Times, sales at AES have grown by 145% year on year, increasing from £373,000 ($583,000, €436,000) in 2008 to £5.5m in 2011. A blurb on the Fast Track website says this growth has primarily been driven by “retirees headed for Spain and Brussels-bound Nato diplomats”.
AES’s placing makes it the only financial advisory and wealth management company to make the league table in 2011 and the highest ranked financial services company overall.
Sam Instone, founder and chief executive of AES, said: “It has always been AES’s mission to bring positive change to international financial services, introducing standards where none existed, placing AES decades ahead of our competitors.
“It demonstrates that taking a radically different approach to the rest of the industry, being highly professional, 100% transparent and focused on improving both consumer and adviser outcomes is the recipe for long term successful growth.”
Originally founded in 2003, AES relocated its headquarters to London in 2007 and has since opened offices around the world, including in Europe the Middle East and Latin America.