The best creative industries companies in the UK

The Amazon Growing Business Awards take place next month, but before the big night arrives, here’s an examination of the best creative industries companies to make the shortlist.

On 29 November, the Amazon Growing Business Awards will be held for the 19th time. It will see one company win a new category for this outing, the Creative Industries Business of the Year.

The award was introduced to celebrate innovation and excellence in creative industries businesses, including fashion, advertising, design, film, TV, publishing, music and art.

Below, explaining in 100 words why they deserve to win the Creative Industries Business of the Year title, are our five contenders:


Bulletproof began in 1998 with two college friends frustrated with existing agencies. Today we’re 130 strong across London, New York and Singapore, delivering strategic brand design for clients including Coca-Cola, Heineken and Mondelēz.

Our tribal culture and intelligently naive approach sets us apart from other agencies, enabling us to deliver real commercial success for our clients while growing our own business at an impressive rate.

But we never let our growth cloud what’s truly important, fiercely protecting a company culture that puts the growth of our staff first, and committing our time and talents to local and global causes. 

Coffee & TV 

Coffee & TV is only five years old but it has established a world class portfolio of work, and a creative, problem-solving culture which transcends through to clients, encouraging them to continually come back. 

The company has also managed to carve a niche as a high-end content producer and run the business cost effectively with a unique scaling model, so it can put every possible pound (or dollar, or yuan) of the clients’ budget on the screen. 


As a business we have grown by 4,000 per cent in terms of the following KPIs: 

200m+ player interactions in ten months
100m+ video plays (film content, such as trailers) in ten months
4m+ unique users
550,000+ average unique users per month

Additionally, we have numerous commercial agreements such as Andes Films (Disney, Universal Pictures, Sony, Paramount), Metro International, Picturehouse and many more exclusive agreements signed.

We’re a Wayra cohort (Telefonica) – one of only 15 startups out of 1,000 accepted into their 2017 programme – and Real Business Future 50 Winner 2017, and have an international presence, all of which was delivered with two staff.

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Shopper Media Group 

Our company is founded on an unshakable desire for growth. In the last four years, we’ve built our team three-fold to deliver on our mission to transform “shopper media”.

Through doing so, we enable brands to grow and retailers to become more profitable, which in turn, helps us grow YoY in an industry where many others struggle (SMG turnover growth of four times and increase in profits 16 times since 2014).

Constantly investing in our people and innovative tools help us to remain market leaders in the category, maintain our unique proposition and reach out to more brands, retailers and media owners. 

Tiffany Rose

Tiffany Rose is a model example of a creative business flying the flag for British innovation in the fiercely competitive global fashion industry. The business identified and dominated a profitable niche domestically and then scaled internationally: the brand has now shipped to over 120 countries worldwide and is a respected global leader in its specialist field. 

While its design aesthetic is often imitated by industry giants, it has maintained its leadership of the sector through constant technical innovation and an unwavering commitment to providing truly world-class service – no matter in which language.

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Zen Terrelonge

Zen Terrelonge is the former deputy editor of Real Business. His areas of interest included media, innovation, technology and the digital sector.

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