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Young Company of the Year 2012: The shortlist

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Anesco Limited

Fast-growing Aldermaston-based energy efficiency company Anesco is making its name in a sector that desperately needs ambitious and game-changing young businesses. It took Anesco only a few months to start managing some of the UK’s largest and most complex energy efficiency projects – achieving £21m revenue in its first full year’s trading.

Their work includes powering up Premier Inn’s first Eco hotel by designing and installing a rooftop solar PV system; creating a loft insulation programme for Slough Borough Council and Preston City Council, which are expected to help more than 4,000 families.

It’s not easy to become a market leader within a year. Anesco is an impressive example of a young company that’s brought knowledge and experience in new and emerging technologies to its market, and achieved impressive results.

Climate Cars

Climate Cars entered the taxi market with a unique proposition: environmentally friendly, low-emission hybrid vehicles, with the highest standards of service, including leather seats, complimentary newspapers and Belu mineral water.

The London-based car service is one of the fastest-growing companies in its sector and on track for about £3m turnover this year – not bad for a business formed in 2007 by then 23-year-old Nicko Williamson.

Williamson’s team has carved out a niche in a high-growth market. Carbon-conscious businesses in London are eager to lessen their environmental impact, and have embraced Climate Cars. The environmentally friendly alternative for London’s taxi users is available at no cost premium over its competitors, cleverly using an iPhone app to aid convenience. Not many young businesses can offer a green option at the same (or even better) service, quality and cost.

As for the future, Climate Cars sees itself expanding its reach in London and, quite possibly, even overseas.

MVF Global

Quick to adapt, innovative and growing phenomenally fast, MVF Global is a young company to watch. Formed in 2009 by CEO Titus Sharpe, MVF Global is a market-leading global customer acquisition platform that covers sectors such as solar energy, education and clean tech from Europe to China, Brazil and Russia.

“Let’s take our multi-national clients global,” is the business’s growth strategy, boosted by a multilingual team and superb global business development. The implementation of this strategy has enabled MVF to double its turnover. What’s next on the MVF agenda? Acquisitions, setting up an office overseas and raising more funds are just some of the options.

Redx Pharma

Early-stage drug development company Redx Pharma was launched in 2010. This engine for the pharmaceutical industry adapts existing medicines to create new treatments across a range of therapeutic areas, including cancer and diabetes – work that is already resulting in benefits for both patients and the industry.

Redx Pharma isn’t just a successful business, it’s also a true challenger in the pharmaceutical industry. Traditional drug research fundamentally focuses on the structures outside the core of a compound, while Redx Pharma changes the pharmacophore.

Their success is underpinnned by significant private sector investment. Redx Pharma also prides itself on being the only UK biotech company to receive backing from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.

The ingenuity of Dr Neil Murray, the scientist-entrepreneurs behind Redx Pharma, has driven the business through a remarkable two years. It’s now a thriving young company with serious ambitions for growth and boosting the Liverpool economy.

Six Degrees Group

In little over a year, Six Degrees Group has assembled one of the UK’s strongest data network, datacentre, cloud and IP telephony platforms, doubled its value, grown to £55m revenue and £15m EBITDA, with international expansion already under way.

Alastair Mills founded Six Degrees Group in 2011, after securing £40m in venture capital, grasping the opportunity, as cloud computing was just gaining popularity, to create a pure-play infrastructure provider to mid-market and small businesses.

With 200 employees and some 3,000 customers, Mills is leading a young company on a rocket-speed journey. The business own its own infrastructure, with a network that carries about one-third of the UK’s internet traffic every day. Watch them grow!

The winners of the 2012 Growing Business Awards, hosted by Real Business and the CBI, will be announced at the fabulous awards ceremony, hosted by Steve Cram, on November 27, 2012, at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square.

To find out more about the Growing Business Awards, in association with Lloyds Bank, and in partnership with Lloyds Private Banking, Land Rover, Cavendish, Cass Business School, Visa, Spring Law, McLaren, Bdaily, visit our awards website.

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