2018 Digital Business of the Year finalistsRecognising UK digital businesses who are changing their markets.
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Growth story: While predominantly established as a mobile phone recycling comparison site, the company’s growth is also down to its advisory arm. Compare and Recycle provides data to both businesses and consumeres to make informed decisions when it comes to trading in or buying a mobile phone.
“There are a couple competitors on the web, but none that exhibit the same level of commitment of holding recyclers accountable, providing value-added business intelligence to the merchants listed on our site, and communicating accurate, real trend data to our website users for a more informed decision across the board.” – Compare and Recycle
Growth story: Lantum was created with the sole mission of saving £1 billion for the NHS. It is now being used across 2,000 GP practices, clinics and hospital departments across the UK, as well as by over 4,000 clinicians. So far it has saved the NHS nearly £10 million and has enabled over 4.2 million appointments.
“The NHS is the fifth largest employer in the world and the way people are allocated into shifts is completely broken. Rather than tackling a small piece of the problem, Lantum is attempting to solve the whole issue end to end.” – Lantum
Growth story: Established in 1998, Norwich-based company Liftshare is only twee weeks older than Google and has been using its experience to support and grow carpooling across Europe. The company has big 2020 goals, one of them being to take 1 billion miles off UK roads.
“As a mission-driven social enterprise, we help solve transport poverty with fewer cars, creating happier travellers. The licensing model of our SaaS products means that our work with over 700 large UK organisations enables us to provide free-to-access mobility for everyone in the UK.” – Liftshare
Growth story: Funding Options is an online comparison marketplace for SME finance. Each year it delivers over £100 million to SMEs, from over 50 different active lenders. The company is growing exponentially, with revenue up 250% this year and 300% the year before.
“For decades, funding has remained an intractable challenge for small businesses. Our online technology helps small businesses to access the right lender, bringing the same levels of ease and speed previously only available to consumers. We help the small walk tall, and we’re having a real impact.” – Funding Options
Growth story: Established in 2001, Cybertill was built to provide a real-time single view of stock, sales and customers across all touchpoints. The company employs less than 100 people, yet its software platform serves over 700 general retail, charity, and visitor attractions globally and helps process over 64 million transactions a year. One of its software solutions is a streamlined Gift Aid process.
“Historically, the donor Gift Aid registration process was lengthy, required a lot of admin, and the charity needed to store paperwork in case of an audit. Cybertill developed a cloud software solution which streamlined the process, making donor sign up and data storage digital, secure, simple, and HMRC compliant.” – Cybertill
Growth story:Banking app Tide combines traditional banking services with automated business management software. Less than a year after launching, Tide’s member community sits at over 40,000 customers who have transacted more than £2 billion through their accounts.
“Small businesses have been underserved by traditional high-street banks, and are bogged down by admin. It can take weeks to process an application for a new current account, and as a result 52% of SMEs say banks are ‘just not business-friendly’. With Tide, owners are given a sort code and account number in as little as five minutes.” – Tide
Growth story: Launching the online company as a teenager in 1999, Younis grew SingleMuslim.com from a startup to an established, digital company. This year, UK registrations surpassed 1 million members. It estimated a staggering 52% market penetration and has led to over 50,000 marriages.
“SingleMuslim leverages the power of the digital age to lead a cultural shift that has made ripples across the globe and by doing so became a household name for an entire faith community, demonstrating that the digital space really can be a level playing field for all.” – SingleMuslim.com
Growth story: Founded in 2004, Timico’s success stems from both organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Today, it supports the IT needs of over 15,000 clients from three UK-based locations.
“Rather than simply reselling network connections and managing them, Timico is creating its own products and services through the development of its own intellectual property. It has achieved this through a range of activities, including the automation of manual repeatable tasks through the use of digital innovations such as chat bots.” – Timico[article id=”122839″ title=”Growing Business Awards”]
2017 Digital 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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