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Skyscanner, Zopa and Gousto feature in shortlist of UK's top enterprise talent

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25 September 2015

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The shortlist for the 2015 Growing Business Awards has been revealed, with leading businesses including UKFast, Tangle Teezer, CommuterClub and JustPark set to battle it out for industry accolades.

Created by Real Business, held in association with Lloyds Bank and supported by the CBI, the Growing Business Awards are now in their 17th year and celebrate the very best of British business – from Mirco Business of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year right up to Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company (Turnover £50m+).

This year, with sponsorship support from Bupa, Canon, Citroen, ECI, Lenovo and Webexpenses, the awards are set to be their biggest yet – hosted on 26 November at London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square.

For the three turnover bracket-orientated categories, there is representation from firms including: peer-to-peer lending platform Zopa; subscription food delivery service Gousto; supermarket food supplier Charlie Bingham’s; salary sacrifice business Tusker; and online flight booking system Skyscanner.

Businesses such as Ve Interactive, Blippar, Zoopla, Fever-Tree and Unruly have been recognised in the last five years, and then all gone on to become household names.

After issuing a call for submissions which brought in hundreds of nominations over the last few months, a shortlist has been drawn up that will be presented to the Growing Business Awards’ elite judging panel to select eventual winners.

The panel includes Guy Mucklow, CEO of PCA Predict, Will King, founder of King of Shaves, Richard Chapman, partner at ECI Partners and Busaba Eathai CEO Jason Myers. They will come together with their fellow judges on 8 October, when the leaders of shortlisted companies will put forward their cases to win.

Last year’s awards night saw Xtrac’s Peter Digby scoop Entrepreneur of the Year, First Utility win Growing Business of the Year (Large Company) and fast-growth technology firm Ve Interactive go home with Innovator of the Year.

A full list of this year’s shortlisted companies can be found below. Congratulations to every business which made it, and good luck on the night.

Visit the Growing Business Awards website to secure your place on 26 November

Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover less than £25m):

  • Zopa
  • Sign Solutions
  • Simply Waste Solutions 
  • New World Trading Company
  • Crimson & Co
  • Gousto

Growing Business of the Year: Mid-sized Company (Turnover £25m-£50m):

  • Motorclean
  • Explore Learning
  • Watchfinder
  • UKFast 
  • John Good Group
  • Charlie Bingham’s

Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company (Turnover £50m+):

  • Myprotein
  • Skyscanner
  • BJSS
  • Tusker
  • Gap Hire Solutions
  • City & Country

Entrepreneur of the Year:

  • John Treharne, The Gym Group
  • David Pollock, Chess Telecom
  • Gavin Johnstone, Hunter Healthcare
  • Debbie Edgar, Dragon Infrastructure 
  • Paul Wedgwood, Splash Damage

Export Champion of the Year:

  • Tangle Teezer
  • Clarke Energy
  • 2M Holdings
  • Ramsden International 
  • Tetronics International 

Innovator of the Year:

  • CommuterClub
  • ClearScore
  • Girl Meets Dress
  • Captify
  • Celaton
  • Kelly’s Storage

Retail Hero:

  • H&T Pawnbrokers
  • Wolf & Badger
  • Saltrock
  • LJ Fariburn & Sons

Digital Champion:

  • HouseSimple
  • PrivateFly
  • Eyetease
  • Qdos Holdings
  • Easel TV
  • Contact Group

B2B Business of the Year:

  • Adapt
  • NetPay Solutions
  • IT Lab
  • Optionis
  • Feefo
  • Evaluate

Young Company of the Year:

  • Kabbee
  • Outlook Publishing
  • LOVESPACE
  • truRating
  • Ormsby Street
  • Appear Here

Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

  • Jack Horton, Whites Technology Group
  • Rahi Daneshmand, Refresh Drinks
  • Husayn Kosai, Onfido
  • Joe Fogel, The VaioPak Group
  • Jodie Cook, JC Social Media

Micro Business of the Year:

  • Mobile Vet
  • Advance Change
  • Cascade Communications
  • Bristol Groundschool
  • Black Swan Analysis
  • Food Innovation Solutions

Employer of the Year:

  • Midland HR
  • Instinctif Partners
  • Greengage Environmental 
  • JustPark
  • Brandwatch
  • People Source