Growing Business Awards 2012: Full shortlists

Job-generating, innovative, international, ambitious and, critically, growing… Who said Britain’s economy is in the doldrums? Across all categories, the shortlists for the 2012 Growing Business Awards, hosted by Real Business and the CBI, and held in association with Lloyds Bank, are among the strongest in the awards’ 14-year history. We will be profiling all candidates in detail in the coming weeks. For now, enjoy these champions of the UK economy:

Company of the Year – Mid-Sized

  • Brainjuicer – global market research innovator
  • Brand Learning – transforming marketing around the world
  • Cupid – the world’s match-maker
  • Gritit – creator of a new sector, winter risk management
  • UK Fast – IT hosting, on a serious scale
  • Tracsis – transforming transport
Company of the Year – Larger Firms

  • 99p Stores – a mega-retailer on the rise
  • Halewood – champion of the north-west, and drinks industry giant
  • Opus Energy – challenging the big energy businesses
  • The Fragrance Shop – an incredible story of retail turnaround
  • Wonga – the new face of financial services
  • World First – a global foreign exchange leader
Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Julie Deane, The Cambridge Satchel Company – building a colourful new global brand
  • Lawrence Jones, UK Fast – north-west IT superstar
  • Mark Pearson, MyVoucherCodes.co.uk – bringing discounts to the world
  • Adrian Pike, Anesco – super-energetic entrepreneur
  • Christian McBride, Genuine Solutions – young, ambitious, serious about mobile
  • Colin Stevens, Better Bathrooms – the new force in the bathroom
Innovator of the Year

  • First Mile – bringing recycling to business
  • Ink – connecting the world’s travellers
  • Innovate Services – changing Britain’s school food
  • MarketInvoice – a new way of thinking about finance
  • Mind Gym – serving the largest firms with original management thinking
Young Company of the Year

  • Anesco
  • Climate Cars
  • MVF Global
  • Redx Pharma
  • Six Degrees Group
Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • David Barker, 4D Data Centres
  • Callum Bush, MediaDevil
  • Chris Li, Luxury for Less
  • Jude Ower, Playmob
  • Suleman Sacranie, 99p Shopper
  • Charlie Walker, Vivid Resourcing
Export Champion

  • Alaric Systems
  • Fever-Tree
  • JacTravel
  • Microlease
  • MTL Group
  • Tyrrells Potato Crisps
“Made in Britain”

  • i2O Water
  • Bowman Power Group
  • EA Technology
  • Global Personals
  • Trunki
Digital Champion

  • Crowdcube
  • Everyclick
  • Funding Circle
  • Made.com
  • Nucleus Financial
  • Shutl
Local Hero
The winner of the Local Hero award will be announced at the Growing Business Awards ceremony, hosted by Steve Cram, on November 27, 2012, at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square. To find out more about the Growing Business Awards, in association with Lloyds Bank, and in partnership with Lloyds Private Banking, Land Rover, Cass Business School, Visa, Spring Law, McLaren, Bdaily, visit our awards website.

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