For the fourth year, Real Business has scoured the UK business landscape and can now bring you 50 companies that are breaking down barriers, creating innovative products and – most importantly – disrupting previously stagnant industries. May we unveil the Everline Future 50 2015.
The Everline Future 50 2015 took place on 4 March, crowning the 50 of the UK's best and brightest businesses that have disrupted various sectors from augmented reality to cycling to finance to food. With so much innovation in one room, Real Business has combed through social media to recap the online chatter that resulted in #everlinefuture50 trending on Twitter.
Despite the rise of ecommerce, and perceived decline of the high street, a staggering 89 per cent of UK retail still occurs offline. Of this, 50 per cent of home and fashion items are researched online, and then purchased locally, in bricks and mortar shops. This has uniquely positioned Everline Future 50 mobile app StreetHub to help shoppers find products in independent home and fashion boutiques.
Trillion Fund, featured in this year's Everline Future 50 list, was founded in 2011 by Michael Stein and Phillip Riches to open up opportunities to profit from clean energy to everyone, through crowdfunding.
Sphere Fluidics is an Everline Future 50 company pioneering the development of new technology for single cell analysis. Cyto-Mine is the first machine of its kind and enables analysis of millions of single cells in novel biochips and isolation of rare variants which cause disease. This will also allow them to produce new medicines.
Whether it’s a busy bar/pub on a Friday night, a coffee shop on the way to the office, half time at a football match, interval at the theatre or a concert, we have all experienced the fight to get served – often several times a night. And Q App, featured in the Everline Future 50 this year, has set out to become our queuing nightmare solution.
Professional drummer Dominic Joseph found his calling when he decided to drop his sticks in favour of a move into advertising at Mediacorp, which is where he met his future co-founder Adam Ludwin. Together the pair built Everline Future 50 company Captify to disrupt the digital advertising market and claim a slice of the $40bn global display ad industry.
Uniplaces has booked over 350,000 nights of student accommodation by making it possible for students to book online without the hassle of doing viewings. By verifying properties and working with trusted accommodation providers we simplify the whole process, the Everline Future 50 company's motto, "No surprises!", certainly holds true.
Ve was founded in November 2009 and is spearheaded by the multi award-winning serial entrepreneur David Brown. Everline Future 50 member Ve has been a disruptive pioneer in the digital industry by being the first and only company so far to combine the disciplines of digital advertising, on-site behavioural messaging and email into a single solution.
CEO Alex Hamilton, formerly a partner at Latham & Watkins, was frustrated by his partners’ lack of commitment to innovation –so sent a "Jerry Maguire mission statement" to Latham’s executive committee, urging them to provide better value and client service through the use of technology. When his recommendations were ignored, Hamilton resigned in order to create Everline Future 50's Radiant Law..
Leaving a banking career of ten years behind, Soraya Bahrami set out to create Everline Future 50 company Toucan Fruit – using her knowledge of trade finance and Mauritian heritage to help with importing delicious exotics from her homeland.
WhoCanFixMyCar.com was originally founded by two car-mad buddies who, despite their love for all things four-wheeled, admitted not only ignorance but also trepidation when it came to getting their cars serviced or repaired. Thus WhoCanFixMyCar.com, one of Everline's Future 50 this year, was born.