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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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Headstart App

Headstart Sector: Recruitment
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Nicholas Shekerdemian, Jeremy Hindle
Location: London
Number of staff: 14

Headstart is a recruitment app which uses a series of contextual and predictive algorithms to assess candidate suitability. It can provide recruiters with a ranked list of prospective candidates who meet the requirements and would be a good cultural fit for each role posted.

The process aims to be highly inclusive, and focuses on broadening the pool of candidates who enter the recruiting funnel in a bid to help clients find high quality, high potential candidates from under-represented backgrounds.

The app is used by employers such as Vodafone, RBS and BP.

hibob

HibobSector: HR
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Ronni Zehavi, Andy Bellass, Amit Knanni, Israel David
Location: London
Number of staff: 50

Hibob is a software-as-a-services (SaaS) platform designed for businesses with around 20-500 employees to prevent admin overload and help retain staff.

Bob handles HR admin (people directory, booking holidays, reporting, etc), company culture and benefits (pensions auto-enrolment, insurance, etc).

Bob aims to bring about change by moving business from ubiquitous spreadsheets to a world of online admin efficiency, and by changing HRTech from outdated old backroom software to platforms that live at the heart of a business, and that all employees use.

HomeTouch

HomeTouchSector: Healthcare
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Dr Jamie Wilson
Location: London
Number of staff: 20

HomeTouch is an online service for finding home care that intelligently matches customers with vetted carers. The platform matches appropriate carers with specific customers based on a matchmaking functionality, which allows for customers to choose specialised skills and personality traits for their loved ones.

HomeTouch is backed by a range of healthcare and marketplace investors (including Passion Capital and 500 Startups) and is now active nationwide.

The private healthcare sector in the UK is worth more than £1.729bn as of 2015.

ibookedin.com

ibookedinSector: Events
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Gee Mann, Kiran Mann
Location: London
Number of staff: 14

Ibookedin.com is a fully integrated online booking software programme for meetings and events planners, enabling them to search, select and book venue space.

According to ibookedin.com, whilst the hotel room comparison and booking market is somewhat mature with many players, the venue comparison and booking market is in its infancy with only a few offerings in UK and Europe.

By launching nationally with an aggressive marketing campaign and a platform which brings added benefit to both users and venue operators with a range of event planning tools and statistical analysis respectively, the business intends to build a brand which become synonymous with venue comparison and booking platforms such that it can maximise its defence against competitive reaction with new entrants.

Inkpact

InkpactSector: Marketing
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Charlotte Pearce, Andrew Martin
Location: London
Number of staff: 9

Inkpact is a community of writers that pen notes and letters to customers on behalf of big businesses. The platform enables thousands of personalised messages to be written and help make an impact with the people who matter most to the company.

The business covers thank you notes, apologies and event invites and claims to have a 100 per cent open rate.

With more and more email campaigns being sent, Inkpact aims to provide a unique way to make sure messages get to the intended recipient.

Read on to find out which other inspiring firms have made the 2017 Future 50 listing of disruptive UK companies

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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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