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50 of the most disruptive British businesses in 2015

38 min read

05 March 2015

Former editor

For the fourth year, Real Business has scoured the UK business landscape and can now bring you 50 companies that are breaking down barriers, creating innovative products and – most importantly – disrupting previously stagnant industries. May we unveil the Everline Future 50 2015.

From financial technology heavyweights such as Funding Circle and TransferWise to online travel big-hitters Secret Escapes and HouseTrip, the Everline Future 50 has a proven track record of being ahead of the curve and identifying the promising businesses that may one day go on to become household names.

The submissions we had for our 2015 outing were no less amazing than in previous years. Beginning our call for submissions at the start of October, we then gathered the best on offer and asked winners from last year to pick this year’s cohort. Who better to identify disruptive businesses than disrupters themselves?

Unveiled in the technology startup hub of Old Street at LSO St Lukes church, the Everline Future 50 was brought together by comedian and rapper Chris Turner through an equally progressive and innovative approach.

This year’s Everline Future 50 also marked the first time we created special awards to recognise six particularly strong business in the list. The companies then joined us on stage for a panel discussion, examining how each created a disruptive concept and went about building it out.

Russell Gould, COO at Orange Money (trading as Everline and Ezbob), said: “The quality of entries to this year’s Future 50 has once again been outstanding. The innovation, growth, ideas and opportunities these businesses represent is truly inspirational. As a judge it was extremely difficult to decide on the winners.

“As well as celebrating the success of the 50 winners, this year we were delighted to introduce special awards for those businesses who have really stood out among our disruptors.”

Disruptor of the Year Award: CommuterClub

Friend to Business Award: Chaser

Environment and Sustainability Award: Flow Energy

Household Name of the Future Award: Payasugym

Profit Potential Award: Ve Interactive

Social Impact Award: Cause4

Below we’ve provided a snapshot of the 50, but full profiles of each are available by clicking through on the link at the end of each.

Name: 50cycles

Industry/sector: Retail

Date founded: 2003

Founder: Scott and Tim Snaith

Location: Loughborough

Disruptive idea

Originating when two brothers began importing electric bikes from Japan to sell in the UK, 50cycles has gone on to carve out a dominant position in the market. Not content with selling other makers’ products, 50cycles is now developing its own range of electric bikes which will be marketed and sold using a combination of retail destinations, ecommerce and franchises. If all goes to plan, it will produce the world’s first UK-manufactured electronic bike.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 50cycles profile.

Name: Big Sofa

Industry/sector: Technology

Date founded: 2009

Founder: Simon Lidington and Matt Lynch

Location: London

Disruptive idea

After two years of rapid growth, the Big Sofa business has become a global leader in video management/analytics by partnering with big brands such as Unilever, Barclays and the UK government. Helping others overcome the pre-conception that video is cumbersome, Big Sofa’s offering has already been taken to the notoriously difficult US market and the team has set an ambitious target of being a £100m business.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Big Sofa profile.

Name: Brand Gathering

Industry/sector: Services

Date founded: 2013

Founder: Christina Richardson and Vitaly Yakovlev

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Gaining access to new customers quickly at the start of a small company’s life can be hard work. Enter Brand Gathering. As the brainchild of Christina Richardson and Vitaly Yakovlev, it has already clocked up thousands of active members since launching in 2013 – all using its intuitive online tools and by partnering with others to boost sales. Morphsuits, Micro Scooters and A Suit that Fits are all members.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Brand Gathering profile.

Name: Cahootsy

Industry/sector: Retail

Date founded: 2014

Founder: Tarika and Paul Marshall

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Empowering consumers is the aim of the game for Cahootsy. Its platform provides a way for them to request the deals they want, after which retailers crowdsource marketing and provide those offers in return for word of mouth promotion. Describing itself as a reverse Groupon concept, Cahootsy is re-inventing retail marketing by allowing retailers and shoppers to collaborate directly and has 30 partners including M&S and The Body Shop.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Cahootsy profile.

Name: Captify

Industry/sector: Technology

Date founded: 2011

Founder: Dominic Joseph and Adam Ludwin

Location: London

Disruptive idea

London-based Captify was set up in the summer of July 2011 by entrepreneurial duo Dominic Joseph and Adam Ludwin to provide vital services to the search targeting ad tech industry. Backed by a heavyweight advisory board, Captify is disrupting by cutting out all wastage, poor targeting and inefficient media buying that was dogging the industry. With global display advertising worth $40bn, the two have a big market to tackle.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Captify profile.

Name: Cause4

Industry/sector: Charity

Date founded: 2009

Founder: Michelle Wright

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Michelle Wright established Cause4 because she knew, in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, that the charity sector would have to innovate because of government cuts and reductions in funding. Her disruptive approach was to set up a social business working with charities, philanthropists and social enterprises to develop strategies and new programmes scaling fundraising. Some £38m has been raised through the platform so far.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Cause4 profile.

Name: Chaser

Industry/sector: Finance

Date founded: 2013

Founder: David Tuck and Mark Woodbridge

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Late payments are the scourge of small and medium-sized businesses across the UK, but not for much longer. Chaser is helping solve cash flow problems by providing a new software platform for chasing unpaid invoices. All chasers sent against the relevant invoice are logged, as are the replies that come in. Chaser says it reduces debtor days by an average of 26 days, which for a £1m turnover business means a cash flow boost of £71,000.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Chaser profile.

Name: Clifton Asset Management

Industry/sector: Finance

Date founded: 2011

Founder: Adam Tavener and Neil Greenway

Location: Bristol

Disruptive idea

The rise in alternative finance has been impossible to ignore, but Clifton Asset Management is using a well-established pool of capital to create an innovative new route. Its Pension Led Funding service provides a way for business owners to grow by utilising their pension pot. Pension funds are transferred to a new self-invested pension vehicle for the director, allowing for the pension to complete a loan to the company.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Clifton Asset Management profile.

Name: CommuterClub

Industry/sector: Services

Date founded: 2014

Founder: Petko Plachkov and Imran Gulamhuiseinwala

Location: London

Disruptive idea

This year’s biggest disruptor, CommuterClub, is reinventing the way UK commuters buy public transport tickets by making them more affordable and convenient. By paying in monthly instalments, users are able to achieve annual savings of around £200. Since launching in the summer of 2014, CommuterClub has lent in excess of £1.5m to London travellers using financial support from peer-to-peer finance platform RateSetter.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 CommuterClub profile.

Name: Crowdcube

Industry/sector: Finance

Date founded: 2011

Founder: Darren Westlake and Luke Lang

Location: Exeter

Disruptive idea

As one of the early movers in the crowdfunding space, equity platform Crowdcube has helped former Future 50 companies such as JustPark raise valuable growth funds. Supported itself by the crowd and VC firm Balderton Capital, Crowdcube has now helped finance 200 businesses with over £60m. In February of 2014 it launched its own venture fund, after which it also lifted the lid on a mini-bond product – meaning an offering in the world of debt.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Crowdcube profile.

Name: Flow Energy

Industry/sector: Technology

Date founded: 2013

Founder: Tony Stiff

Location: Ipswich

Disruptive idea

Another of our special award winners, Flow Energy is an energy business with a big difference – it combines normal home energy supply with microgeneration technology. Its Flow boiler uses gas to heat a home and also generate low cost, low carbon electricity simultaneously. The boiler produces savings of £500 a year through the electricity generated and a dedicated Feed in Tariff. For every 500,000 Flow boilers installed, an entire power station can be turned off – now that’s a disruptive presence.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Flow Energy profile.

Name: Genius PPT

Industry/sector: Technology

Date founded: 2009

Founder: John Thomson

Location: Glasgow

Disruptive idea

Revolutionising the call centre side of business process outsourcing, Genius works on the premise that you only pay for what you use. Its pay-as-you-go technology has no contract, no installation costs, no training costs and zero capex. Whereas previously businesses were stuck with the licence each had signed up to, with no ability to scale down, Genius is competing against the major vendors and contributing to a massive shift in approach.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Genius PPT profile.

Name: Geonomics

Industry/sector: Technology

Date founded: 2011

Founder: James and Henry Oakes

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Disrupting another archaic industry that has long been averse to change, Geonomics is shaking up the lottery space. Worth more than the gaming, music and film industries combined, less than five per cent is transacted online. Geonomics works on the premise of winning big on a geographic location. Charged with investment, and aided by the former CTO of Betfair, the brothers behind the company have their targets set on a $1bn business.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Geonomics profile.

Name: Golfscape

Industry/sector: Technology

Date founded: 2013

Founder: Raghad Mukhaimer and Michael Galasso

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Taking advantage of the huge popularity of golf, golfscape is changing the approach to sorting out a tee time by taking the process online. Set up as a marketplace to connect the inventory of golf courses around the world in real-time, each golf course has a profile page. The booking engine is now available in 47 countries and is cutting out the legacy travel agents and tour operators which had been responsible for most or all bookings at some courses.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Golfscape profile.

Name: Gooey

Industry/sector: Technology

Date founded: 2014

Founder: Rachel Verghis

Location: London

Disruptive idea

The smartphone accessories market is big business. The Gooey cover has the added benefit of allowing people to stick their phone to a smooth or glossy surface. Founder Rachel Verghis wanted to find a way to hold a phone or tablet whilst doing other things, and now sells her products in 23 countries. Brand collaboration with Lancôme and Calvin Klein has followed suit, meaning Gooey’s disruptive approach is being taken seriously.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Gooey profile.

Name: Hosted Desktop UK

Industry/sector: Technology

Date founded: 2010

Founder: Adam Chetnik

Location: Exeter

Disruptive idea

While remote working is nothing new, Hosted Desktop UK’s offering combines the cost efficiency of a multi-tenanted system with a dedicated system to make sure clients have bespoke configurations to meet needs and requirements. Recent growth of its services has been clocked at 65 per cent, with global expansion earmarked as a way for this figure to be improved upon.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Hosted Desktop UK profile.

Name: Innoverne

Industry/sector: Technology

Date founded: 2011

Founder: Julian Thomas

Location: Reading

Disruptive idea

With 100 per cent of automotive dealers and independent garages using special tools in any one week, and less than 0.1 per cent able to afford such tools, Innoverne’s product-as-a-service platform meets demand with access. The business sees future growth being achieved by tackling the retail, manufacturing, hire, health & telecare and electrical sectors.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Innoverne profile.

Name: JobsTheWord

Industry/sector: Recruitment

Date founded: 2011

Founder: Lee Harding, Will Crandle and Keith Jones

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Adopting a big data-first approach to the task of matching the right candidates with good businesses, JobsTheWord has utilised its founders’ extensive knowledge of the recruitment sector. Partnering with startups and big brands such as American Express and Samsung, the business has access to over 10 million rich profiles. Its use of big data and analytics differentiates it from other offerings and provides a disruptive edge.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 JobsTheWord profile.

Name: Kuato Studios

Industry/sector: Technology

Date founded: 2011

Founder: Mark Horneff and David Miller

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Operating under the philosophy of “learnification”, Kuato Studios is a business centred on the application of powerful game mechanics to specific learning skills. Through a mix of teachers, developers and visionaries, Kuato Studios is getting involved in the UK education space and its game has been used in over one million coding sessions by school children across the world to date.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Kuato Studios profile.

Name: Landbay

Industry/sector: Finance

Date founded: 2014

Founder: John Goodall and Gray Stern

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Another of our peer-to-peer Future 50 members, Landbay opens users up to the residential buy-to-let market by providing borrowers with a fast and rational approach to mortgage applications. Its system then selects the most reliable borrowers possible. Truly at the bleeding edge of property innovation, the business hopes to take advantage of the planned move to include peer-to-peer funding in ISAs and SIPPs – as well as changes to annuities.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Landbay profile.

Name: Latimer Group

Industry/sector: Advertising

Date founded: 2010

Founders: Matthew Hay and Jack Woodcraft

Location: London

Disruptive idea

In a new approach to advertising and the ongoing digital battle, Latimer Group aligns with young people to produce cutting edge media content and campaigns. Powered by its network of over 30,000 young creatives, Latimer Group has produced campaigns for Nike and Unicef. Co-creation is proving a lucrative space for the business. A clear example of a company disrupting the world of advertising, Latimer Group has got the attention of some big brands.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Latimer Group profile.

Name: MendIT

Industry/sector: IT repairs

Date founded: 2011

Founder: Steve Ackers

Location: Lancashire

Disruptive idea

Tablets, smartphones and laptops have all become a major part of our lifestyle – much to the advantage of MendIT. Shaking up a well-established industry, MendIT turns a messy and time-consuming repair process on its head by providing a pain-free operation for IT resellers and end users. The concept involves providing a range of warranty and repair products, offered at point of sale, powered by specialist in-house repair engineers.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 MendIT profile.

Name: miDrive

Industry/sector: Driving lessons

Date founded: 2013

Founder: Scott Taylor

Location: Kent

Disruptive idea

Anyone who has been through the process of trying to pass their driving test will appreciate what miDrive is currently doing. Its mission is to reduce the stress of the 750,000 people who learn to drive in the UK each year by helping them find qualified driving instructors, as well as providing cost savings. Its system opens users up to a library of useful articles and videos and includes a way of tracking the learning-to-drive experience.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 miDrive profile.

Name: Mubaloo

Industry/sector: Mobile app consultancy

Date founded: 2009

Founder: Mark Mason

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Apps are a great tool for businesses to grow, but useless if you don’t know the right way to go about creating them. Mubaloo is a mobile consultant making this process a little easier and has now created over 200 apps for brands such as BP, DHL and William Hill. Its 2014 launch of MiBeacons means it can now help businesses deliver contextually relevant information to the right place at the right time though the use of bluetooth low energy beacon technology.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Mubaloo profile.

Name: My Parcel Delivery

Industry/sector: Delivery

Date founded: 2010

Founder: David Grimes

Location: Manchester

Disruptive idea

This disruptive idea traces its roots to when founder David Grimes became frustrated with the two unattractive options of sending parcels: sit in a line and wait at the post office or pay through the nose of expensive couriers. His My Parcel Delivery business now makes sending parcels simple and sends 500,000 parcels a year on behalf of 100,000 customers via 14 different couriers to over 200 countries.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 My Parcel Delivery profile.

Read on to discover the next 25

Name: PayasUgym

Industry/sector: Fitness

Date founded: 2011

Founders: Jamie Ward and Neil Harmsworth

Location: London

Disruptive idea

As the winner of our inaugural Household Name of the Future Award, PayasUgym really does have the potential to change the way in which we engage with gym memberships and exercise. With thousands of gyms available in the UK, and only a few hundred that were looking to tie people down to lengthy contracts, the business provides short-term pre-paid access to gyms. Through its app and online presence, it is part of the marketplace phenomenon currently dominating many global sectors.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 PayasUgym profile.

Name: PAYG Cars

Industry/sector: Car hire

Date founded: 2009

Founder: Clive Bridgeman

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Simply put, PAYG Cars is like pay-as-you-go mobile phones. By providing new cars with no lease, loans, credit check, debt or financial risk, customers can access 28-day revolving contracts. The business arranges fleet ownership spread over multiple dealers, meaning the capital cost is shared. Looking forward to the end of 2018, PAYG Cars expects to be running a fleet of 23,000 cars in the UK and more than 100,000 globally.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 PAYG Cars profile.

Name: Q App

Industry/sector: Entertainment

Date founded: 2013

Founders: Serge Taborin and Tim Bichara

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Helping you get a bottle of champagne at the opera or pie and pint at the football, Q App is completely revolutionising the way in which we go about buying food or drink at an entertainment venue. Based on the fact that poor service or long wait times drive customers away, the business enables customers to browse a full menu, place their order and then pay though a smartphone – and is being used by the Royal Albert Hall and Queens’ tennis tournament.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Q App profile.

Name: Radiant Law

Industry/sector: Law

Date founded: 2011

Founders: Alex Hamilton, Andrew Giverin and Jason McQuillen

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Unsurprisingly, Radiant Law founder Alex Hamilton was frustrated by the lack of innovation he was seeing at his old law firm – and decided to do something about it. His company concept centres on providing a “toolbox of skills, technology and processes” to provide deep legal expertise. Recently opening a Cape Town office, Radiant Law is causing shockwaves in the legal world.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Radiant Law profile.

Name: RealityMine

Industry/sector: Mobile behaviour analytics

Date founded: 2012

Founder: Garry Partington

Location: Manchester

Disruptive idea

If anyone knows about creating a disruptive presence it’s RealityMine founder Garry Partington. Having been part of the team who developed the first smartphone, his business is now helping companies better understand consumer behaviour. Gaining insights on an ocean of some nine billion connected devices, it will be gathering data as well as protecting consumers’ privacy.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 RealityMine profile.

Name: Red WigWam

Industry/sector: Recruitment

Date founded: 2014

Managing Director: Scott Logie

Location: Liverpool

Disruptive idea

The growing number of short-term workers in the UK is providing Red WigWam with a clever way of disrupting. Using algorithms to connect these kind of workers with the right business, the initial inspiration dates back to struggling to find short-term workers during the London Olympic Games of 2012. Seeing itself more in line with online dating thanrecruitment sites, it has had 6,000 registrations.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Red WigWam profile.

Name: Shopwave

Industry/sector: Omni-channel retail

Date founded: 2013

Founders: Ben Brown and Julian Polzella

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Created out of the shadow of MarkcoMedia, Shopwave is Britain’s only retail management system providing a way for an iPad to form the core of an automated retail business. Shopwave is taking advantage of a trend in omni-channel retail, where brands or retailers give customers a seamless experience across all channels – whether they are online or offline.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Shopwave profile.

Name: Sonovate

Industry/sector: Recruitment

Date founded: 2012

Founders: Richard Prime and Damon Chapple

Location: London

Disruptive idea

The cash flow problem originating from agencies having to pay contract workers before they themselves are paid is driving the innovation going on at Sonovate. It is the first company to take on the banks by providing recruitment agencies with an alternative – one that is specifically suited to their needs. With £4m from an angel investor and a £10m debt facility, it’s charged for growth.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Sonovate profile.

Name: Sphere Fluidics

Industry/sector: Bio-engineering

Date founded: 2010

Founders: Chris Abell and Wilhelm Huck

Location: Cambridge

Disruptive idea

The company, commercialising lab-on-a-chip and picodroplet technology developed at Cambridge University, has created unique products for use in single cell analysis and characterisation and also provides collaborative R&D services in this area.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Sphere Fluidics profile.

Name: StreetHub

Industry/sector: Retail

Date founded: 2013

Founders: Mandeep Singh, Maxim Berglund and Alex Loizou

Location: Shoreditch

Disruptive idea

We all like independent retailers, now StreetHub has developed a way for us to find them more easily. Lacking the scale and resources that large retailers have, independents are now using StreetHub to provide customers with information such as live stock status, click-and-collect and delivery. It works with 350 shops and 12,000 products and is supported by venture capital firms Octopus Investments and Index Ventures.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 StreetHub profile.

Name: The Curve Group

Industry/sector: Outsourcing

Date founded: 2004

Founders: Della Wolfe and Jeanette Ramsden

Location: Northamptonshire

Disruptive idea

Described as the most disruptive company seen in the recruitment outsourcing industry in the last 20 years, The Curve Group is split into five divisions. Growing quickly from 15 staff in 2010 to 70 at the end of 2014, the business says it is taking a stand on ethics, quality and innovation.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 The Curve Group profile.

Name: The Happiness Index

Industry/sector: Data analysis

Date founded: 2014

Founders: Tony Latter, Chris Hyland and Matt Phelan

Location: London

Disruptive idea

It was the success of a project run while operating previous business 4Ps Marketing that led to the foundation of a standalone The Happiness Index. The index benchmarks client and staff sentiment, allowing for monitoring and action. Proving that this kind of analysis, using analytics, can affect the bottom line of a business, its team would like to build a company with a £20m valuation in five years.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 The Happiness Index profile.

Name: The Little Smoked Food Company

Industry/sector: Food

Date founded: 2012

Founder: Julie Waddell

Location: Devon

Disruptive idea

Already armed with a passion for food, Julie Waddell found her products stocked on the shelves of Waitrose before she knew it. Knocking own-label and bland supermarket products away with a new approach involving smoking. Now flying as high as British Airways flights, The Little Smoked Company is making waves in an established category and is growing at over 200 per cent a year.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 The Little Smoked Food Company profile.

Name: The Telecoms Team

Industry/sector: Telecoms

Date founded: 2010

Founder: Matt Atkinson

Location: Hertfordshire

Disruptive idea

With the telecoms industry thriving off of complex contracts, tariffs and billing, Utilize Communications is turning this on its head by providing customers with an objective and different way to buy services. It purchases a wholesale tariff and then charges a monthly management fee based on the size of the telecoms estate.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 The Telecoms Team profile.

Name: Toucan Fruit

Industry/sector: Exporting

Date founded: 2012

Founder: Soraya Bahrami

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Toucan is successfully introducing fruit to the British market previously never before seen. Like the first time the humble banana arrived in the UK in the late 1880s, retailers such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols are taking note of what Toucan Fruits are able to bring to these shores. The business has essentially created a market for some rare fruits that faced extinction.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Toucan Fruit profile.

Name: Trillion Fund

Industry/sector: Energy and finance

Date founded: 2012

Founder: Michael Stein and Philip Riches

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Operating in the congested peer-to-peer finance market, Trillion is differentiating itself by taking on the energy big hitters. It exists to decentralise energy and democratise finance by engaging with the crowd and now has a community of 14,000 lenders and investors. Headed up by Britishairways.com founder Julia Groves, the disruption has only started.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Trillion Fund profile.

Name: truRating

Industry/sector: Reviews

Date founded: 2013

Founder: Georgina Nelson

Location: London

Disruptive idea

By removing out the need to hand over details and fill out complicated forms to get customer feedback, truRating has come up with a way to get buyers more engaged with the process. Stats show that 97 per cent of consumers will rate now, after which its truAnalytics service uses big data to provide further insight. All ratings are then aggregated to fuel a consumer recommendations website.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 truRating profile.

Name: Twizoo

Industry/sector: Food

Date founded: 2014

Founder: Madeline Parra and John Talbott

Location: London

Disruptive idea

With less than one per cent of unique visitors to TripAdvisor or Yelp actually posting a review, Twizoo’s founders realised that many more people were tweeting about their experiences. Its users, operating the service through a smartphone app, can use the crowd to discover great restaurants, bars and other experiences nearby in London.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Twizoo profile.

Name: UK Energy Partners

Industry/sector: Construction

Date founded: 2011

Founder: Neil Gething and Neil Smith

Location: London

Disruptive idea

There was no company providing turnkey solutions to enable private and public sector organisations to painlessly invest in energy efficiency measures. This fact, alongside the general trend of increasing energy prices, was motivation for UK Energy Partners. 

UK Energy Partners have quickly become the go-to energy efficiency provider within the education sector, having completed over 200 upgrade schemes within over 130 schools and colleges over the last three years. UK Energy Partners have also developed a multi-award-winning building design for schools – Schoolhaus.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 UK Energy Partners profile.

Name: Uniplaces

Industry/sector: House rental

Date founded: 2013

Founder: Marino Kostelec, Miguel Santo Amaro and Ben Grech

Location: London

Disruptive idea

A whole raft of services have been created to make both domestic and international students’ life a little bit easier ahead of starting a term – and Uniplaces has found its own niche. Having helped book 350,000 nights of student accommodation, the business is aiding a poorly-served market segment and has raised £2.2m of external investment to help do so.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Uniplaces profile.

Name: Urban Massage

Industry/sector: Beauty

Date founded: 2014

Founder: Jack Tang and Giles Williams

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Ever wanted to have the quality of a spa treatment in your home? Urban Massage providing just that through its app and website presence, finding therapists with the shortest travel routes to a potential customer. Bookings recently grew by 83 per cent and the business now has a dedicated social media following. Its disruptive idea will now be taken further by rolling out into new cities.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Urban Massage profile.

Name: Ve Interactive

Industry/sector: Analytics

Date founded: 2009

Founder: David Brown

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Headed up by serial entrepreneur David Brown, Ve Interactive is fast becoming one of the poster children for the UK digital space. Another of our Future 50 class which has created its own market, the business educates the digital marketplace on where the key areas of online attrition are. It is disrupting the traditional online performance metrics status quo.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Ve Interactive profile.

Name: WhoCanFixMyCar.com

Industry/sector: Car repair

Date founded: 2012

Founder: Ian Griffiths and Alistair Preston

Location: Tyne and Wear

Disruptive idea

We’ve all had a seemingly dodgy quote from a garage, but WhoCanFixMyCar.com provides a way for these companies to compete for business. Previous users review garages, giving consumers more insight, and over 50,000 drivers have used the service so far. Recently launched were whocanfixmyvan.com and whocanfixmyfleet.com, and that’s just the start of the “whocan” branding.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 WhoCanFixMyCar profile.

Name: Zappar

Industry/sector: Augmented reality

Date founded: 2011

Founder: Simon Taylor, Caspar Thykier and and Connell Gauld

Location: London

Disruptive idea

Zappar’s mission is to provide the most immersive experiences for the new digital playing field emerging across handheld devices and wearables. With augmented reality previously only the play thing of big brands, the business is helping bring the technology to smaller companies. Content rich experiences can now be created, fusing location, video and phones.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 Zappar profile.

Name: ZeroLight

Industry/sector: Virtual reality

Date founded: 2014

Founder: Darren Jobling

Location: Tyne and Wear

Disruptive idea

ZeroLight’s technology powers 3D visualisation solutions that allow the world’s largest brands to showcase products in more innovative ways. By creating the world’s first viable real-time 3D virtual showroom service, ZeroLight has created a new vertical in which it is the world leader – commercial real-time 3D applications.

Read the full 2015 Everline Future 50 ZeroLight profile.