2018 Micro Business of the Year finalists
Founder: Sarah John Growth story: A craft brewery based in Swansea, South Wales, the Boss Brewing name references the absence of female brewers in the craft sector. Founder Sarah John created the business with her partner Roy Alkin to change perceptions around women in brewing. The company has secured listings with some of the UK’s largest national pub chains and achieved 248% turnover growth in the last three years.
“As a micro company, not only are we bucking the industry trend with our turnover placing us in the top 20% in terms of commercial success, but we are bucking a second trend by inspirationally achieving this with a female leader in a male environment. All the while, we have not borrowed a single penny.”Andy Stubbs Growth story: Castle Hill Fire Protection is a contractor based in East Anglia that specialises in the installation of passive fire protection products and systems for major construction and refurbishment projects throughout the UK. The company achieved 145% turnover growth in the last three years.
“Since Grenfell, the fire protection industry has been transformed with contractors being more aware and fire-safety being paramount. We knew prior to the disaster that this industry would become much more important and clients would understand the importance of fire safety.”Ibi Thomson Growth story: A network of 6,000 independent business consultants providing the scale of a major consulting firm, Issoria has retained the speed, agility and low cost base of an SME. Issoria’s long-term ambition is to have served half of the world’s largest companies by 2030. The company has achieved 178% revenue growth in two years.
“Our customer focused value proposition design process has seen us beat the established elite in the market to secure an impressive list of corporate customers.”
“With all the pressures that have affected retail over the last few years causing many independent and national retailers to contract or close completely, we have worked hard to provide a real point of difference and reasons to visit our store including working with our suppliers and local artists to produce exclusive, locally-themed merchandise.”
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Founders: Anthony and Rupert Langley-Smith Growth story: Proviz produces a range of high visibility and reflective cycling clothing and accessories to cater for all levels of cyclist, whether it’s riding to work, family bike rides or performance cyclists. The founders have achieved 93% revenue growth in the last three years.
“Proviz has evolved as a brand and business in an ever-changing retail environment and constantly stayed ahead of new competitors constantly coming in. We have achieved this by bringing out new innovative products each year, listening to our customers, embracing technology, working with a great team and having good relationships with suppliers.”
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Founder: Adam and Chloe Pollard Growth story: Launched from a kitchen table in 2012, The Willoughby Book Club is a growing team of 10 permanent employees based from its Leicester office. The business has partnered with over 20 stockists across the world and major high street retailers. The founders have achieved 180% revenue growth in the last three years. Examples of partnership businesses
“We’ve successfully entered the market by creating an innovative and unique proposition, shifting the focus from ‘self’ purchasing to a ‘gift’ oriented service. Since our arrival, the book subscription market has continued to gain momentum, with Willoughby at the forefront.”GDPR-ready, cloud-based software designed for healthcare and wellbeing professionals. Founder: Bob Bond Growth story: WriteUpp Offers “everything you need” to run a private healthcare practice, including client records, diary, secure messaging and card payments. The company has registered 209% revenue growth in the last three years.
“With over a thousand clinics in 20 countries using WriteUpp we’ve delivered cost-effective, highly reliable, cloud-based software to sole clinicians and small healthcare practices that are tapping into the fast growing health and wellbeing market.”[article id=”122839″ title=”Growing Business Awards”]
2017 Micro Business of the Year finalists
AM Bid ServicesAM Bid Services has grown into a £0.5m turnover business in just three years, creating seven new jobs in the process. It launched a clear business plan from the outset and has surpassed its targets to date, demonstrating success and proven scalability. Its methodology is applicable to customers of all sizes and experience levels, successfully achieving clear business growth for small companies whose continuation depend on retaining key contracts, to beating FTSE 100 organisations by producing superior bids and solutions. The business has always stayed grounded and will continue to support its staff and help the wider community.
Emma HellierI have been running my own business since I was 18 years old and my entrepreneurial spirit ensures that I never rest on my laurels. I embrace change and I’m not afraid to step out of my comfort zone to propel my business forward. My EHBlowdry Club has secured my bottom line, enabled me to employ more staff and driven new clients in the door. I use my position in the community to help others. The future looks bright for Emma Hellier as we are now looking for property number two. debated the conflict of interest issue. We predict that many of the big players will start to follow suit.Amazon Growing Business Awards is sponsored by Santander, Bridges Fund Management and ECI Partners. It is supported by CBI, the Department of International Trade and Real Business. This year, the awards partnered with Beanstalk, a charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one literacy support to children aged 3 to 13.
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