2018 Consumer Business of the YearRecognising outstanding growing businesses in the consumer sector.
Founders: Helena and Simon HillsView this post on Instagram
Growth story: A husband-and-wife duo started TrueStart to prove a point; that you can build a brand that makes people embrace their wild side without compromising on ethics. In just two years TrueStart has grown into a profitable, global brand that is present in 21 countries and available in over 1,000 retailers and wholesalers across the UK.
“TrueStart is taking on some of the world’s most established brands, from Nescafe and Starbucks to Red Bull, by being sugar free, vegan free and having zero calories. We’re addressing growing consumer concerns over high-sugar found in energy drinks.” – TrueStartPetko Plachkov and Imran Gulamhuseinwala
Growth story: CommuterClub allows Brits to purchase annual season tickets in affordable monthly payments while keeping the discounts of longer duration tickets. The inspiration for the company came in 2012, when the founders noticed the cheapest travel was only available to those able and willing to spend thousands.
“CommuterClub is reinventing traditional credit. Enabled by crowd-funded peer-to-peer lending, and the growth of digital goods, CommuterClub offers low cost and transparent payment plans to consumers. With interest rates of just 5.6%, CommuterClub represents a step change compared to traditional unsecured lenders such as credit cards.” – CommuterClub
- Pharmacy2U founder Daniel Lee.
Growth story: Over the past 12 months, Pharmacy2U has grown its customers by 212%, with 32,000 new patients registering a month on average. During this period of high growth, the company secured a £40 million round of investment to help it continue to innovate, improve the patient experience and further develop the technology.
“The benefits of using Pharmacy2U are two-fold; saving patients time and money travelling, queuing and waiting at GPs and pharmacies, and also helping to save GPs hours of paperwork each week, which ultimately represents better value to the NHS.“ – Pharmacy2U
Founders: John Vincent, Henry Dimbleby and Allegra McEvedyView this post on Instagram
Happy #WorldVeganDay. Over a third of our menu is now loveable by vegans. 🌱 Lentil Masala is the ultimate LEON dahling. What’s your favourite? Take a look on our website- we even have “I’m vegan” filter #vegan #veganmenu #vegancurry #veganfries #vegancake yes that chocolately looking Peanut Butter Jelly Brownie is the work of @rubysoflondon ❤
Growth story: LEON was set up in 2004 to make it easier for everyone to eat well. There are currently over 45 stores, with plans to open many more across the world. Its international expansion is largely driven by franchise partnerships, with the business committed to finding partners who share its culture and values.
“At LEON we believe that food should taste good, do you good, and be kind to the planet. We use fresh, whole ingredients and are drawn to the flavours and natural goodness of the Mediterranean diet. It’s full of plants, herbs, spices, good fats from olive oil, seeds and nuts and well-sourced meat.” – LEONSteve Moore and Paul Barham
Growth story: Fight Club Darts was born out of a desire for more memorable and exciting nights out and inspired by a bold Guinness World Record attempt – visiting 28 countries and five continents over nine months in a fire engine. This challenge became a big scale project, turning into two UK venues which have welcomed more than 600,000 guests, throwing over 45 million darts.
“As well as challenging the industry with unique, patented technology, I’ve challenged the way a business should be built and run. Despite having little experience in the sector, I’ve found and forged relationships with impressive and passionate people who have the knowledge, ideas and experience that I don’t.” – Steve MooreOTTY Sleep is an online mattress-in-a-box retailer. Founder: Michal Szlas
Growth story: Founded in 2016, OTTY has a mission to become the world’s leading sleep brand. Its inspiration came off the back of an unsuccessful search for a mattress that came without a high price or false marketing claims. The company has met huge growth in the past 12 months, with an estimated 400% growth in turnover.
“The company offers a 100-night trial on all mattresses. The customer can sleep on their mattress like they would any other, and If after 100 nights the sleeper isn’t finding the mattress beneficial, they can get in touch with the customer service team, who will arrange collection and offer a free refund. OTTY also works with Enabled Works – a warehouse which is run by and solely employs people with disabilities.” – OTTYSally Preston
Growth story: Kiddylicious began in a dining room in West London in 2009, and is now a global, tasty snacks and meals brand for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. The company has grown substantially, transforming the baby snacking category and delivering 90% of the UK category growth.
“We were founded upon a commitment to ‘Amazing Taste’ and on leading health and nutrition credentials and have continued to adhere to these values. Kiddylicious has the most diverse product portfolio of snacks in the category and our range continues to grow as we put an emphasis on innovation, introducing new on-trend products every year.” – Sally Preston
Founder: Sharon DalyView this post on Instagram
2 very happy shop customers. These 2 were keen to tell us what they wanted from the menu! If you are local, our shop is open from 10-4pm every Saturday. We carry our full range, dogs are welcome. Scales available too. 36 basepoint, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO7 7TH #paleoridgeraw #healthydogs #happydog #labradorretriever #doglover #rawfeedersofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #doglover #rawfeddogsofinstagram #feedraw #shopping
Growth story: In 2014, Daly spotted a gap in the pet food market. There were few brands offering a nutritionally balanced alternative to kibble or canned, processed foods – a revelation that was spurred on by a lack of healthy options for her own sick dog. That’s how Paleo Ridge Raw was born. The brand gained particular traction through social media channels and has garnered a significant following ever since.
“The company has a clear short and long-term vision. Much of this vision revolves around the original idea of the creation and sale of a healthier diet for dogs. This intentional use of the original idea is deeply important, to gather and drive forwards like-minded people with the ultimate goal of seeing this alternative healthy diet available for dogs across the globe.” – Sharon Daly[article id=”122839″ title=”Growing Business Awards”]
2017 Consumer Business of the Year finalistsAmazon Growing Business Awards is headlined by Amazon and sponsored by Santander, Bridges Fund Management and ECI Partners. It is supported by CBI, the Department of International Trade and Real Business. This year, the awards partnered with Beanstalk, a charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one literacy support to children aged 3 to 13. Interested in attending the Amazon Growing Business Awards?
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