2018 Young Company of the Year finalistsRecognising the dynamic next generation of entrepreneurs. Founder: Owen Richards
Growth story: Air was launched in Exeter in 2016. From employing fewer than 15 people in year one, Air has now created over 50 local jobs and brought business to the South West, which otherwise would have been based in London. The company has grown its revenue by 357% in year two alone.
“We push ourselves to provide high-quality marketing assistance to our clients. Through this we hope that our efforts are transforming the way in which people view the telemarketing world, we understand it isn’t a ‘sexy’, ‘dream job’ but we want our staff to work in an enjoyable company which is thriving.” – Air Marketing GroupBevy is a ‘beverage butler’, an on-demand app that instantly delivers drinks and snacks in 30 to 60 minutes at affordable prices. Founders: Guy Kemball-Williams, Kevin Kovar, Marco Saio
Growth story: For the first nine months of its operations, Bevy tapped into 24 hour off-license inventories across London, using 32 retailer partners. The company quickly realised that this made them dependent on the stock variety they can offer, as well as limiting its fees. The business quickly pivoted to store all products in a central supply warehouse, opening up over 100 brand partnerships, as well as partnerships with London’s largest restaurant delivery providers including. Bevy has seen 367% revenue growth in its first two years alone and has grown its workforce from one to 25 in three years.
“We have built a service which is unlike any other in the UK. We have built a simple, easy to use, scalable and accessible on mobile and web. (We’re) backed by owned central supply warehousing as well as retailers, whilst managing an instant logistics network so that products reach your door as fast as possible. We seek to implement this in other cities and leverage this hybrid model that no other on-demand company is currently doing in the UK, or as far as we can tell, globally.”
Founder: Matt Ovenden
Growth story: Borrow a Boat saw the chance to impact a £50bn global yacht charter market by bringing the sharing economy to the market, with a web and app platform. Borrow a Boat currently lists over 13,000 boats in 60 countries and is making boating more flexible and accessible. Following their recent crowdfunding round on Crowdcube which saw Borrow a Boat secure 700 investors and raise £470k in equity investment in just over one month.
“We are the first and only British peer-to-peer boat charter marketplace in the UK. We offer more flexible durations of bookings, and short notice bookings via mobile app which enables you to book a boat near to you in any of 60 countries worldwide, providing unprecedented access to boating.”Flash Pack Flash Pack is a lifestyle travel company specialising in adventure trips for so travellers in their 30s and 40s. Founders: Lee Thompson and Radha Vyas
Growth story: Flash Pack is solving a problem for a global niche of solo, mostly single professionals who struggle to find someone to travel with. Since its launch in 2014, Flash Pack has seen 400% YoY growth and are predominantly self-funded, profitable and cash-flow positive.
“We have reimagined the group travel experience by curating unique adventures exclusively for solo travellers in their 30s and 40s – an emerging consumer force overlooked by the industry. 68% of our customers have never experienced group travel before, so we’re not just stealing market share but opening up the market to a new audience.”Home Made is a hybrid ‘challenger’ real estate agency that offers 60%-90% lower fees than high street rivals. Founder: Stephen Davies
Growth story: The company is growing by 25% month-on-month and has just secured venture capital funding to scale the business further.
“We offer a customer-centric solution to a huge problem – for both tenants and landlords – and benefit from high customer advocacy. We are the only disruptor in this sector to offer a viable profitable model, with compromising high growth rates since our inception. Our management team brings multiple skills from other sectors to help disrupt the letting agencies sector…(and) we were GBA finalists last year – this time we think we can win.”Mindful Chef Mindful Chef gives consumers weekly recipe cards and pre-proportioned fresh meat, fish and produce sustainably sourced from independent UK farms.
Founders: Myles Hopper, Giles Humphries, and Rob Grieg-Gran
Growth story: With 14-full time employees, Mindful Chef has shipped over one million meals to over 20,000 customers and is forecasting £10m turnover this year. Mindful Chef is proud to recently be certified B Corp, meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
“With its strong values around the suppliers it works with, the ingredients it uses and its impact on the environment – it hopes to create a social movement in the category and encourage its peers to be more mindful in business too.”Founders: Alexander Hatvany and Jake O’Keeffe
Growth story: Pembroke works with a small group of qualified teachers, education and artificial intelligence (AI) experts and full-time professional tutors. The company has grown by 71% in its first two years alone.
“We’re investing company profits in the future of education through our AI-driven learning platform, Atom Learning, which launched in September 2018 in partnership with a leading London prep school. Atom Learning will help to create a more equal education system for Key Stage 2 level students.”Founders: Jonathan Rayner, Sonia Rayner, Matthew Rowen, and Rebecca Rowen
Growth story: Rayner Rowen Construction Limited (RRCL) was founded with the lofty aim to change the way the construction industry works. Since its launch in 2017, the company has already seen over 1085% revenue growth, and has grown the team from 5 to 22 employees.
“RRCL is proud of the impact our client-focused approach has had in the North West demonstrated by our strong client portfolio, client referrals and reviews, and executed contracts. We know that people make the difference, not companies, and we are committed to the personal development and success of every employee.”[article id=”122839″ title=”Growing Business Awards”]
2017 Young Company of the Year finalists
Inspiring entrepreneurs and companies feature in Amazon Growing Business Awards shortlist The 2017 edition of the Amazon Growing Business Awards will see the likes of CV-Library, webexpenses, Flight Club Darts and Revolut vie for accolades, with the awards shortlist featuring an abundance of talent.
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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