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50 of the most disruptive British businesses in 2015

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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.

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