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.
Originally dreamt up in 2008, Everline Future 50 entrant Crowdcube is now a household name in its field, and fast becoming one outside of it, thanks to disrupting the investment sector with crowdfunded campaigns that have extended as far as the Formula 1 Grand Prix space.
The Curve Group has proven to be a disruptive force amongst the recruitment industry with the Everline Future 50 company being described in the industry as “the most disruptive company seen in the recruitment outsourcing industry in the last 20 years".
Innoverne, founded by Julian Thomas in 2011, features in the Everline Future 50 this year. The business allows automotive brands to scale down capital investment in tools and equipment while delivering value for dealer groups and independent garages by enabling product-as-a-service. Seemingly discontent with taking seven startups to exit and generating over £200m of value creation, Innoverne’s leadership team seeks to decouple economic growth from raw material use across multiple sectors.
Five years ago, Everline Future 50's Big Sofa's founders looked into the future and predicted that video would become the next big communication platform within five to ten years. Five years later, Big Sofa is supporting the visual developments and services of household organisations including the UK government and British Airways, securing its place as one of the Everline Future 50.
UK Energy Partners was founded by former Isis Telecommunications Management creators Gething and Smith, the latter company having been sold to Vodafone in 2007. It was the recent trend for growing energy prices and a latent market demand for energy conservation that inspired the new Everline Future 50 business.