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Growth story: From humble beginnings in 1990 as Computer Parts International Limited and later under the guidance and ownership of Acal plc, the company has grown to become a supplier of inventory management solutions and technical services. It has innovated in the development of its inventory-as-a-service (IaaS) offering, which has been the catalyst for customer numbers increasing by 85%.
“In the traditional model, resellers and IT companies have been forced to purchase enormous inventories of hardware to ensure customers are protected, despite not knowing what spares and new parts they might need. With our IaaS solution, costs are set monthly at a flat rate, and services can easily be scaled.” – Agilitas
Growth story: Founded in 2014, Alcove is a small tech company based in London that helps older and disabled adults remain safe using the internet of things. The company crashed through its first £1 million sales within 18 months – and aims to build sales capacity and fine-tune its insurtech proposition in the next 12 months.
“Our mission is to dismantle the existing telecare market, which is dominated by stigmatising hardwired pull cords and big red buttons that lack interoperability and provide little (if any) data. Alcove is the only system aggregator who has created a complete IoT ecosystem to replace fixed line telecare.” – Alcove
>JustParkCircling the neighbourhood for a parking space contributes 30% to city congestion – a statistic JustPark wants to decrease. Founder: Anthony Eskinazi
Growth story: Founded in 2006, JustPark hopes to decrease C02 emissions by highlighting open car spaces. It does so through an app, which was built upon collected sensor data. Innovative features such as predictive availability have improved retention and drive growth from word of mouth, which it attributes over 50% of new sign-ups to.
“Using machine learning algorithms and sensor data, JustPark have built a pioneering, industry-first system for predicting the future availability of individual parking bays – in collaboration with Westminster City Council.” – JustPark
Growth story: Over the last 12 months, Matrix Booking has set its sights on helping companies work smartly. Through its software, employees can book meeting rooms and desks any time from anywhere. It provides users with the ability to view and book resources across their entire global estate from a single device – and benefits from the research and development efforts of Keytree Labs.
“With over 100,000 employees using the software in the public sector alone, Matrix Booking is a key component in maximising workplace management efficiency. A pure SaaS resource booking system, open and secure, Matrix Booking is highly flexible, offers solutions for individual organisations, multi-tenant infrastructures and collaboration networks.” – Matrix Booking
Growth story: Ubiqutek – branded as RootWave – is in the process of pioneering the use of electricity to kill weeds. Having been awarded £1.4 million in UK and EU grants, the company aims to develop agricultural solutions for cereal, vegetables and fruits and is currently integrating its technology into several agricultural machinery companies.
“The weed control industry is dominated by herbicides, which accounts for the majority of the $31 billion market. This industry is under significant pressure becauseweeds are becoming increasing resistant to herbicides, andregulators are banning their use. Our technology is sustainable and organic using electricity to kill weeds.” – Rootwave
Growth story: The Vizolution suite of omni-channel products was born from a problem affecting complex remote journeys, which typically suffered from high costs and high customer drop-off rates. Today, it is used by 30 global enterprises from the financial services, telecoms and utilities industries, with its patented SaaS solutions typically delivering over 40% increase in sales conversions and 50% reduction in transaction times.
“While other technology providers may provide a single-trick solution to solve problems within a journey, e.g. signing contracts or verifying identity electronically, Vizolution is unique as it offers a truly end-to-end platform that streamlines a journey from the first purchase or service enquiry, through to resolution.” – Vizolution
Growth story: ZapGo was founded in 2013 with technology from the University of Oxford in the UK, with the vision to produce much better batteries for the modern world. The company has raised $20 million to date and is raising a further $30 million to produce the next generation of patented technology.
“The goal is mobile phones that charge in seconds, cordless appliances like cleaners, drills and hair straighteners that perform as if they were plugged in – and electric vehicles that charge in the same time it takes to fill a tank with fuel today. We are also enabling the national grid to cope with the increasing demands of fast charging electric vehicles.” – ZapGo[article id=”122839″ title=”Growing Business Awards”]
2017 Innovator of the Year finalists
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