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The 50 most disruptive UK companies in 2017: The Future 50

Each year Real Business brings you 50 disruptive UK companies ignoring the status quo – and 2017's list is overflowing with inspiring startup entrepreneurs.
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Wealthify

WealthifySector: Finance
Date founded: 2016
Founders: Richard Theo, Michelle Pearce, Richard Avery-Wright
Location: Cardiff
Number of staff: 13

Conceived as a low-cost alternative to traditional investing, Wealthify is an online investment service open to anyone who wants start investing, regardless of income or experience.

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The business aims to democratise investing and turn one million savers into investors over the next decade. Currently, many people are put off by not being able to afford it or thinking it is too risky – Wealthify aims to change that.

It takes customers less than 10 minutes to become an investor, via PC, tablet or mobile. To build their plan, they decide how much they want to invest and how long for.

Wild Fizz Kombucha

Wild Fizz KombuchaSector: Food and drink
Date founded: 2016
Founders: Gina Geoghegan, Luke Montgomery-Smith
Location: London
Number of staff: 2

Wild Fizz Kombucha is a raw sparkling tea with live cultures, healthy enzymes, minerals and vitamins. It was created after one of the founders was looking for a product like it in the UK to help reduce the symptoms of IBS, and when she couldn’t find one she decided to make her own.

The business believes that cultured drinks are part of a growing trend of conscious eating and drinking. The brand hopes to spread the word on the healing properties of cultured drinks “one bottle of booch at a time”.

WiredScore

WiredScoreSector: Real estate
Date founded: 2013
Founders: Arie Barendrecht
Location: London
Number of staff: 23

WiredScore has dedicated itself to finding a way to help business owners assess the broadband connectivity of buildings so that when they come to choose an office they can be sure it meets the correct tech requirements.

Wired Certification is a benchmark for commercial property connectivity. It aims to help landlords and developers understand their digital infrastructure better and how well it meets tenants’ needs. It also helps them market the positive investments they’ve made to potential tenants.

WiredScore works with over 60 prominent UK landlords, including: Blackstone, British Land, and Derwent London, to provide greater clarity into their properties’ digital infrastructure.

Yomdel

YomdelSector: Managed live chat
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Andy Soloman
Location: West Sussex
Number of staff: 90

Yomdel is a specialist live chat service for SMEs that focuses on the digital customer experience. Its 24/7 fully managed live chat service engages with people when they visit websites, and around 50 per cent of chats happen outside business hours.

Live chat is becoming an increasingly popular online communication channel. Detailed knowledge banks give chat operators critical information, while carefully constructed key operator questions act as a strategic engagement pathway to ensure clients get the results they crave.

Currently the business is going strong in the property sector, and is expanding across finance, automotive, and franchising industries.

ZoneFox

ZonefoxSector: Tech
Date founded: 2010
Founders: Jamie Graves
Location: Edinburgh
Number of staff: 36

ZoneFox is a specialist in cyber security. Its ZoneFox User Entity Behaviour Analytics (UEBA) platform enables organisations to harness the power of machine learning and endpoint threat detection to protect sensitive data from cybersecurity threats.

ZoneFox analyses historical and real time user behaviour around organisation’s sensitive data and IP, spots any abnormalities and instantly raises an alert. IT and Security teams can then immediately take the appropriate action.

The platform focuses on detecting insider threats, targeted attacks and other cyber risks.

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Letitia Booty

Letitia Booty is a special projects journalist for Real Business. She has a BA in english literature from the University of East Anglia, and since graduating she has written for a variety of trade titles. Most recently, she was a reporter at SME magazine.

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