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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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StoriiCare

StoriicareSector: Care
Date founded: 2016
Founders: Cameron Graham
Location: Glasgow
Number of staff: 12

The idea for StoriiCare came when Graham was in hospital with kidney failure. He saw that another patient, an older man struggling with his memory, was much calmer when his granddaughter visited him and they looked through photographs of his life. However, he was surprised to learn that there was no go-to product to help carers with life story and reminiscence work in a care setting.

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The StoriiCare product allows staff to access profiles filled with content uploaded by family for reminiscence therapy. Staff can also complete forms on the platform more quickly than they can write them on paper, saving a significant amount of time which is better spent with residents.

Stuart Delivery

StuartSector: Delivery
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Clément Benoit, Benjamin Chemla
Location: London
Number of staff: 90

Stuart is a deliveries business serving retailers, restaurants, major brands and SMEs. The Stuart platform operates on a simple API which connects businesses with local couriers.

The service can be white-labelled. Customers include Marks & Spencer, The Kooples, Zalando, Burger King, KFC, Carreffour and Daylesford. The business is able to deliver goods on behalf of its customers in as little as 30 minutes, or schedule them up to 30 days in advance.

Delivery options can significantly influence consumers. Stuart Delivery believes that in five years’ time instant delivery and returns will be mainstream, and it hopes to be leading the pack.

Switchee

SwitcheeSector: Smart tech/ Housing
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Adam Fudakowski, Ian Napier, Russ Macmillan, Ed Warrick
Location: London
Number of staff: 8

Switchee has created a smart thermostat for large landlords which uses occupancy-learning technology to control residents’ heating, reducing domestic energy bills and fighting fuel poverty. Unlike its main competitors, Switchee operates without WiFi.

Its landlord customers are typically managers of 10,000-100,000 homes. These customers can also aggregate the sensory data collected by smart thermostats to access previously unavailable insight into asset bases worth potentially billions of pounds.

Vision Technologies

Vision Technologies Sector: Healthcare
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Piotr Imielski, Elodie Draperi, Stan Karpenko
Location: Birmingham
Number of staff: 7

Vision Technologies’ GiveVision SightPlus product is a wearable technology that aims to increase quality of life, independence and mobility for people living with sight loss.

SightPlus claims to enable partially sighted people to see again by combining real-time video augmentation software (Machine Vision) with heads up display technology (AR) to enhance patient’s remaining vision, which is particularly beneficial to those suffering from conditions such Age Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy.

The company believes that by 2025 the sight-prosthetic system will completely solve the problem of sight loss for macular conditions.

Wagonex

WagonexSector: Automotive
Date founded: 2016
Founders: Toby Kernon
Location: London
Number of staff: 10

The concept behind Wagonex is that people no longer need to own cars. It believes that the car industry has functioned the same way for too long and is on the cusp of a paradigm shift away from ownership, and it hopes to be a leading voice promoting user-ship and Cars as a Service.

Car dealerships are seeing falls in retail sales and profits driven only by upselling additional products. This model is unsustainable in the long-term. Wagonex is pushing for the membership model to sit alongside current options of buying, leasing and PCP agreements and feel that it will overtake and ultimately remove the current options.

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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