Scaling a business often requires significant change, and for many firms that means employing new technologies. As it pays to know what works before you start investing, Real Business partnered with Microsoft to find examples of companies that embraced digital to solve issues such as supply chain management.
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Welcome to our dedicated Microsoft 30 Digital Champions hub, where we'll be displaying some great examples of businesses embracing digital to solve issues such as customer acquisition, productivity and supply chain management.
UK SMB director at Microsoft
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Watchfinder co-founder Lloyd Amsdon is of the belief that success is about recognising an opportunity when it knocks on your door – and given that the company had a record-breaking year in 2015 with an annual turnover of £55.5m, we’d say he’s done exactly that.
Bringing together suppliers such as five-star hotels and remote farmers is a tough task for events business Chillisauce, which is why founder and CEO James Baddiley is investing in technology and digital tools to make the process smoother and customer experience more memorable.
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Showing once again that British businesses are particularly adept at producing luxury goods in high demand, Josephine Home is our latest Digital Champion.
Alongside Microsoft, Real Business has trekked the business landscape and swatted away tech-based startups to discover the often unsung community of small enterprises leveraging digital means to compete with bigger players – and MADE-BY is our latest find.
Acknowledging the changing attitudes of Brits when it comes to healthier lifestyle, t plus is delivering vitamin-rich teas to stores including Tesco, which it hopes will lead to it becoming the number one challenger brand in hot drinks in the UK.
For Steph Douglas, becoming a mother inspired her to create Don't Buy Her Flowers – a gift package service that encourages customers to treat mums to anything but a bouquet.
Founded in 2003 by Mark Flanagan, who remains managing director of the business, Shieldyourself has garnered itself a reputation for exceptional quality standards – something that was reflected in its attainment of a Commendation for Excellence in 2014. We quizzed Flanagan about how the use of software and apps has enabled the company to beat away the competition.