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City A.M. has teamed up with Mishcon de Reya and other partners to identify 100 of the most exciting, fast-growing companies in the UK.
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City A.M. has teamed up with Mishcon de Reya and other partners to identify 100 of the most exciting, fast-growing companies in the UK.

These firms operate at a range of scales and across many sectors. All are in the process of making the leap to the next level in terms of revenue. This stage of a company’s life is rich in real-life drama, with risks of setbacks and sudden lows as well as high rewards for those who make it to the other side. Throughout 2016, we will track the challenges and the hopes of this brave and economically vital group via regular polls, round tables and events, sharing the collective portrait that emerges.

City A.M. and Mishcon de Reya were joined by experts from The Supper Club, Seven Hills and The Entrepreneurs Network to assemble this year’s Leap 100 list. This is neither a ranked index nor an exhaustive selection of the country’s fastest-growing companies. These are however the firms, big and small, that we believe are worth watching. They are not all household names, but their stories have the potential to become much better known in the next few years.

All the firms chosen have a recent history of rapid revenue growth and still show the ambition for more. We also looked for success in and commitment to achieving innovation, brand recognition and expansion into new markets. Respecting the human qualities that make a leap into the unknown possible, we sought firms with teams displaying leadership and tenacity on their journeys.

We launched The Leap 100 in 2015 to support a select group of some of the UK's most exciting, high growth companies. This year's list is yet again a dynamic group of companies to watch.
Nick Davis (Head of Corporate)

The Leap 100 companies

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FinTech Cloud based Software as a Service
Acturis is about transforming general insurance through its innovative cloud based Software as a Service platform, enabling different participants such as brokers and underwriters to operate efficiently at scale, to embrace automation and electronic trading, to improve their agility and to connect to other parties in the value chain.

www.acturis.com
  • Founder(s):
    Theo Duchen (pictured) and David McDonald
  • Year founded: 2001
  • HQ Location: London
Identity Solutions Technology
Adbrain is a leading data intelligence company that powers marketers and their partners to regain control of their customer relationships in today’s hyperconnected yet highly fragmented world. Working directly with Adbrain, or through the company’s partner network, which includes LiveRamp, The Trade Desk, Turn & Appnexus, marketers are able to target, measure and connect with their customers as they switch between multiple devices, channels and platforms, without infringing on privacy concerns. Adbrain is backed by Cisco Investments, Notion Capital and Octopus Ventures.

www.adbrain.com
  • Founder(s):
    Gareth Davies
  • Year founded: 2012
  • HQ Location: London and San Francisco
Personalised Digital Advertising
Affectv's proprietary technology empowers brands to engage more effectively with people by providing relevant personalised adverts to each person. SignalAds are real time intelligent messages that provide consumers with relevant product and brand information to help inform who they buy products and services from.

www.affectv.com
  • Founder(s):
    Glen Calvert
  • Year founded: 2011
  • HQ Location: London
Cloud Video Collaboration Platform
Aframe is the cloud platform for video collaboration. It reduces the complexity of working with high resolution, multi-format media by centralizing assets in the cloud and making it easy for teams to view, access and collaborate on content wherever they are. Aframe saves cost, drives business efficiencies and increases the revenue and returns on your content. Headquartered in London with operations in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, Aframe is trusted by broadcast, media and corporate organizations worldwide.

www.aframe.com
  • Founder(s):
    David Peto
  • Year founded: 2009
  • HQ Location: Soho, London
Man and Van Junk Removal
AnyJunk is a nationwide on-demand service for removing all types of waste.

www.anyjunk.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Jason Mohr
  • Year founded: 2004
  • HQ Location: London
Sales Acceleration Technology as a Service
Artesian is the world’s most powerful sales acceleration solution for B2B sellers; it gathers and tracks intelligence on customers and prospects from millions of online sources including corporate data, news, blogs, Twitter and LinkedIn. Artesian transforms this information to pinpoint commercially valuable insights for its users, giving them relevant reasons to engage with customers and prospects and win more deals. Artesian is used daily by 25,000 users across the UK and US. Customers range from American Express, Adobe, Barclays, Cisco, HP, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS, Towergate, and Willis.

www.artesian.co
  • Founder(s):
    Andrew Yates (pictured), Steve Borthwick and Mike Blackadder
  • Year founded: 2007
  • HQ Location: Winnersh
Private Company Share Exchange
Asset Match is an electronic on-line marketplace for private and unlisted company shares. It facilitates partial or full exits and equity release in these shares. The platform provides a liquidity facility for companies and their shareholders; entrepreneurs and early stage investors to buy and sell. Asset Match use periodic auctions which generate greater liquidity centred on bringing the participants together at a time and place. The platform is a low cost alternative for both the company and the investor participants. It is open, transparent, arms-length and fully FCA Regulated.

www.assetmatch.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Iain Baillie and Stuart Lucas
  • Year founded: 2011
  • HQ Location: London
Bespoke UK Supercar Manufacturer
BAC builds the Mono, a lightweight, ultra high performance single-seat luxury supercar that is sold around the world. It is designed created and built in the UK, and uses UK-based suppliers and parts wherever possible. It uses a high-strength carbon fibre composite based around a steel cell, designed to offer maximum protection.

www.bac-mono.com
  • Founder(s):
    Ian Briggs and Neill Briggs
  • Year founded: 2009
  • HQ Location: Liverpool
Off-grid Power for the Developing World
BBOXX is a dynamic young company that designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world. Currently the company operates a network of shops across Kenya and Rwanda, from which customers can purchase solar home systems and accessories on a monthly payment plan. The solar home systems are designed in BBOXX’s London office and manufactured in China. Since 2010, BBOXX has sold over 60,000 solar kits and impacted 300,000 lives across 40 countries.

www.bboxx.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Mansoor Hamayun, Laurent Van Houcke and Chris Baker-Brian
  • Year founded: 2010
  • HQ Location: Chiswick, London
A Multichannel Appointment Platform
BookingBug is the industry’s most advanced, most powerful and most versatile appointment and event booking platform. Their technology powers the real-time management of appointments made via online, mobile, in-store or call centre for enterprise clients in retail, financial services, the public sector and beyond, enabling fully-customized booking experiences that transform customer engagement and increase revenue. Their customers include John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, EE, Three UK, The Cooperative Bank, Yorkshire Building Society, The NHS, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and HM Treasury.

www.bookingbug.com
  • Founder(s):
    Glenn Shoosmith
  • Year founded: 2008
  • HQ Location: Farringdon, London
Performance Marketing
Brainlabs run performance marketing campaigns and build marketing technology for some of the UK's top online advertisers.

brainlabsdigital.com
  • Founder(s):
    Daniel Gilbert and Sophie Newton
  • Year founded: 2012
  • HQ Location: King's Cross, London
Connect Like-minded People
Car Throttle is home to over 5 million car fans that use it join popular discussions and follow communities that interest them. The brand is run by car lovers, media minds and technology visionaries. They are extremely active on social media and have popular pages on Facebook (4m), a thriving YouTube channel (1m) and a growing fanbase on Instagram (250k). Car Throttle’s investors include Passion Capital and the minds behind AOL, Skype, MailOnline and Facebook.

carthrottle.com
  • Founder(s):
    Adnan Ebrahim
  • Year founded: 2009
  • HQ Location: London
Global ATM Services Specialists
Award-winning Cennox is a UK success story. Since starting from humble beginnings in 2006, Cennox is now a Global Brand in ATM Services, providing products and services that are relied upon by the world’s largest Banks and Financial organisations. Now the largest Independent ATM Business in the United Kingdom, their services encompass all aspects of ATM servicing, from their installation, maintenance, parts supply and branding. Cennox also pushes the envelope in Research & Development, developing products that they design and manufacture in house.

www.cennox.com
  • Founder(s):
    Clive Nation
  • Year founded: 2006
  • HQ Location: Camberley, Surrey
Award-winning IT Service Provider
Comtact are an award-winning, Government approved service provider, supplying intelligent Wi-Fi and tracking, infrastructure monitoring, cyber security and communication solutions as a managed service. They support their mid-enterprise customers from their UK Tier 3 Network Operations Centre which operates 24x7x365. 2015 saw continued investment into the development and expansion of Comtact’s Network Operations Centre (NOC), growing their expert team and premises to deliver an “always-on” IT experience to today’s connected customer. This year the centre will be developed into a Security Operations Centre (SOC).

www.comtact.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Dominic List
  • Year founded: 2005
  • HQ Location: Weybridge, Surrey
Social Customer Service
Conversocial is a leading social customer engagement platform that enables enterprises to reach, respond and resolve customer issues over social channels including Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

www.conversocial.com
  • Founder(s):
    Joshua March
  • Year founded: 2010
  • HQ Location: London and New York
Hand-prepared Frozen Food
Since 1997, Cook has used the same ingredients and techniques one would at home so everything looks and tastes homemade. Freezing locks in flavour, cuts down waste and means no preservatives are required. They have 85 shops nationwide and supply more than 400 independent retailers (not the big supermarkets), and also deliver via www.cookfood.net. Cook is privately owned and plans to stay that way. They are one of the UK’s first certified B Corporations, part of a global movement committed to business as a force for good in society.

www.cookfood.net
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Edward Perry and Dale Penfold
  • Year founded: 1997
  • HQ Location: Sittingbourne, Kent
Comms Agency for Premium / Luxury Brands
Cream is a boutique media agency offering bespoke integrated media and marketing solutions to premium and luxury brands. Their mission is to help make every point of connection between the brand and its customers a remarkable and rewarding experience. They're one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the UK servicing a portfolio of clients that include Barbour, Pandora, Kurt Geiger, The Watch Gallery, Investec, William & Son, Hunter and Lacoste.

www.creamuk.com
  • Founder(s):
    Graham Painter
  • Year founded: 2003
  • HQ Location: London
Cyber Security
Darktrace is one of the world’s leading cyber threat defence companies. Its Enterprise Immune System technology detects previously unidentified threats in real time, powered by machine learning and mathematics developed by specialists from the University of Cambridge, which analyse the behaviour of every device, user and network within an organisation. Some of the world’s largest corporations rely on Darktrace’s self-learning appliance in sectors including energy and utilities, financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and transportation.

www.darktrace.com
  • Founder(s):
    Jack Stockdale, Dave Palmer, Nick Trim, Emily Orton, Poppy Gustafsson; (CEO Nicole Eagen pictured)
  • Year founded: 2013
  • HQ Location: Cambridge, UK and San Francisco, US
Architectural practice
Darling Associates are 70 architects from all over the world, bound together and drawn to the energy and vitality of London. They design all types of residential buildings, from large towers to luxury apartments and affordable housing. They also design offices, hotels, spas and more. Their work is primarily based in London and the South East, with international projects stretching from Moscow to Sydney.

www.darlingassociates.net
  • Founder(s):
    Chris Darling
  • Year founded: 2003
  • HQ Location: London
Information and Media Services
DataIQ is building a community of professionals from across business functions, in FTSE 100, large and mid-market organisations trying to find smarter and more intelligent ways of gathering, managing and utilising data to drive better business performance. They act as a bridge to help leading tech, agencies and service provides reach this unique and fast growing community.

www.dataiq.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Adrian Gregory
  • Year founded: 2015 (DQM GRC in 1996)
  • HQ Location: London
Furnishing Solutions Provider
David Phillips is the UK's largest specialist supplier of furniture and furnishing solutions to the property industry. They sell and rent to landlords, agents and developers, as well as student accommodation providers, local authorities and housing associations.

www.davidphillips.com
  • Founder(s):
    Phillip, David and Nick
  • Year founded: 1998
  • HQ Location: London
Global Corporate Technology Educators
Now with offices in London, New York and Sydney, Decoded was founded with a mission to demystify the technologies behind the screen. First famous for teaching anyone Code in a Day, their face-to-face and online learning experiences span code, data, cyber security, machine learning, lean methodologies and beyond.

www.decoded.com
  • Founder(s):
    Kathryn Parsons, Richard Peters and Steve Henry
  • Year founded: 2011
  • HQ Location: Silicon Roundabout, London
High-quality Food Delivery
Deliveroo is the on-demand delivery service for high-quality food from local restaurants. Its hyper-local approach allows customers to enjoy dishes from their favourite neighbourhood restaurants at home or at work, unlocking a range of new choices for people making their meal decisions. Deliveroo partners with high-quality restaurants that don’t typically offer delivery themselves. The restaurants can take advantage of their end-to-end technology, logistics platform and community of riders who pick up the food order at the restaurant, pack it carefully and deliver it in an average of 32 minutes after the order was placed.

www.deliveroo.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Will Shu
  • Year founded: 2013
  • HQ Location: London
Public Cloud Integration and Support
Dot Net Solutions was Microsoft’s UK FY15 Partner of the Year and enables enterprise customers to leverage the Public Cloud. Their Cloud Managed Platform provides a sure-step process to assess, migrate and manage IT environments in the Cloud. Their solutions encompass new, modern ways of collaborating, enterprise security and device management along with core IT provisioning and support. Dot Net Solutions is a next generation managed services provider, competing with traditional outsourcers and global system integrators, to provide a modern, agile approach to technology, with a heavy focus on business-driven solutions.

www.dotnetsolutions.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Dan Scarfe
  • Year founded: 2004
  • HQ Location: London
UK-based Business Intelligence Provider
DueDil is about intelligence: for every team, in every company, in every industry, that does business with other businesses.

www.duedil.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Damian Kimmelman and Justin Fitzpatrick
  • Year founded: 2011
  • HQ Location: London
Recruitment & Executive Search
Eames Consulting Group connects the financial and professional services sectors with the talent needed to succeed. With offices in London, Zurich, Singapore and Hong Kong, their services include retained and contingent search, contract and interim solutions. Occupying the mid-to-senior levels of the market, they work in close partnership with their clients to offer a variety of services directly suited to their specific business needs, including sourcing niche skills, finding talent in challenging geographies, handling senior or confidential assignments and detailed research and market mapping projects.

www.eamesconsulting.com
  • Founder(s):
    Matthew Eames
  • Year founded: 2002
  • HQ Location: London
Health, Wellness and Fitness
énergie is the UK’s market leading fitness club franchisor with a network spanning England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Latvia & Poland with 90 clubs open & in presales, a membership of over 110,000 & network turnover at c£26m. With 40 clubs due to open in 2016 alone, énergie is outpacing its rivals & looks set to continue to dominate the UK sector. The team has developed a robust, profitable and cash generative business which is highly scalable with a solid infrastructure capable of underpinning significant acceleration in both the domestic market and overseas.

www.energiegroup.com
  • Founder(s):
    Jan Spaticchia
  • Year founded: 2003
  • HQ Location: Buckinghamshire
Property Development and Investment
Fenton Whelan is a single point of contact for international or domestic investors seeking a value added strategy partner for London to deliver world class real estate investments.

www.fentonwhelan.com
  • Founder(s):
    Sanjay Sharma and James Van Den Heule
  • Year founded: 2010
  • HQ Location: London
Food & Beverages
Fever-Tree is a producer of premium drink mixers, founded by Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow in 2005. Based in South West London, Fever-Tree makes a variety of products including tonic water, ginger beer and lemonade.

www.fever-tree.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow
  • Year founded: 2005
  • HQ Location: London
Stockbroker and Financial Adviser
finnCap is the No. 1 Broker to AIM companies, and a top five adviser on the LSE. Its team has a strong track record in advising and raising capital, providing research and after market care for ambitious growth companies.

www.finncap.com
  • Founder(s):
    Sam Smith
  • Year founded: 2007
  • HQ Location: London
Retail
Gift Universe Group (formerly Menkind Group) is one of the UK’s leading and fastest growing operators in the gifts and gadgets industry. Opening its first store in 2002 in Uxbridge, it established its position in the niche gadget and gifting retail sector, organically growing the business through store openings and Ecommerce. In August 2015, Gift Universe Group acquired the retail business RED5 and the wholesaler, The Source and now have unrivalled reach into their market. Over the last five years the business has grown from £22m turnover to a forecast £60m for year end March 2016.

www.giftuniverse.com
  • Founder(s):
    Paul Kraftman
  • Year founded: 2001
  • HQ Location: Dorking, Surrey
Marketing and Analytics Software
GoSquared is the world's most powerful and intuitive software platform to acquire, convert and delight one's customers online.

gosquared.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Geoff Wagstaff, James Gill and James Taylor
  • Year founded: 2006
  • HQ Location: London
Engagement-focused Learning Technologies
Growth Engineering is the arch-enemy of dull online learning. They are a learning technologies company which focuses everything they do on the end user – the learner. The Academy LMS, their gamified, social online learning portal, and Genie, their game-based content authoring tool, create unprecedented levels of learner engagement. They've won a number of industry awards and were recently named Learning Provider of the Year at 2016’s Learning Awards. Growth Engineering wants to make every learning journey as easy, engaging, and rewarding as possible.

www.growthengineering.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Juliette Denny
  • Year founded: 2004
  • HQ Location: Windsor, Berkshire
Insurance Broking and Dispute / Redress
Hamilton Fraser is a modern and innovative insurance broker specialising in the private rented sector and aesthetic medicine sector and operator of government authorised dispute and complaint schemes throughout the UK.

www.hamiltonfraser.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Eddie Hooker (pictured) and Simon Fox
  • Year founded: 1996
  • HQ Location: Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
Creative Work Space Provider
Headspace provides flexible working space for a community of creative, tech and media businesses and entrepreneurs. They have beautifully designed offices, coworking spaces, meeting rooms and event spaces in two central London locations, with more to follow shortly. Their focus is on building a community of like-minded businesses who can enhance each other's businesses through collaboration.

www.headspacegroup.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Jonathan Rosenblatt
  • Year founded: 2013
  • HQ Location: Farringdon, London
Online Estate Agents
HouseSimple.com is an effective and inexpensive alternative to the traditional high street estate agent, whilst maintaining the highest standards of customer service. Established in 2007, HouseSimple.com offers a full estate agency service from valuation guidance, hosted viewings, negotiation and full management of the sale to completion. They use technology to increase the efficiency of the sale from start to finish, as well as giving home sellers more control over the entire sale process.

www.housesimple.com
  • Founder(s):
    Alex and Sophie Gosling
  • Year founded: 2007
  • HQ Location: Sudbury, Suffolk
UK-based SaaS Telematics
Isotrak is a leading provider of Telematics services to large fleets of heavy goods vehicles to improve their operational efficiency. Isotrak's web delivered solutions allow customers to improve fleet visibility whilst reducing vehicle, fuel and labour costs. The business has operations on 3 continents and works with 25% of the world's top 25 retailers. It also provides its services to most of the top post & parcel, transport & logistics and food manufacturing companies in the UK.

www.isotrak.com
  • Founder(s):
    Was an R&D department with NFT; Greville Coe is CEO
  • Year founded: 1999
  • HQ Location: Milton Keynes
Luxury Tailor-made Travel
Jacada Travel have a team of travel designers which create one of a kind, luxury trips to destinations all over the world to a discerning, international clientele. Their focus is on adding value through their expertise with a flair for character and the personal touch that one simply cannot get through online platforms.

www.jacadatravel.com
  • Founder(s):
    Alex Malcolm
  • Year founded: 2008
  • HQ Location: London
Global Financial Services Consulting Firm
JDX is a global company specialising in aligning cost-effective, flexible resourcing solutions to financial and insurance clients in the areas of change, remediation, legal, technology and advisory projects. With offices in London and New York, JDX is positioned to support their financial services clients and their insurance clients across multiple geographical locations.

www.jdxconsulting.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Tim Bethel and Jonathan Davies
  • Year founded: 2012
  • HQ Location: London
Foreign Exchange and Money Transfer
JNFX connect banks to regulated money service providers. They provide transaction and foreign exchange services, bridging the gap between supply & demand for the increasingly important global transfer requirements of international business.

www.jn-fx.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Nathan Eisenberg and Jonathan Green
  • Year founded: 2007
  • HQ Location: Canary Wharf, London
Award-winning Gourmet Popcorn
Joe & Seph's is a family business producing award-winning gourmet popcorn and caramel sauces, in over 40 innovative flavours. Their products are sold in some of the best premium retailers including Selfridges and Ocado, Cineworld and Empire cinemas, and numerous hotels and airlines, as well as exporting to over 17 countries internationally. Since launching in 2010, they have grown at over 200% year-on-year and amassed a total of 24 Great Taste Awards and a Grocer Gold Award. In 2015 their turnover was £2.6m, forecast to increase to £4.5m in 2016.

www.joeandsephs.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Joseph Sopher, Jackie Sopher and Adam Sopher
  • Year founded: 2010
  • HQ Location: London
UK-based Payroll / Accountancy
JSA Services Ltd provides Accounting, Umbrella and Payroll services to contractors/freelancers and temporary workers across a range of industry sectors and is a leading provider to the staffing/human capital sector. JSA is recognised as one of the leading (Top 5) and most innovative payroll and accountancy service providers in our sector.

www.jsagroup.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Andrew Goodman
  • Year founded: 1989
  • HQ Location: Watford
International Multi Channel Accessories Brand
Life organized: Knomo is a British brand of intelligent high quality bags and tech accessories that will inspire a new generation to do more and carry less. Knomo stands for KNOwledge and MObility and is designed for men and women living and working on the go and designed to make life easier. Knomo is sold into stores including Harrods, Nordstrom in over 40 countries and also sold online via Knomo.com. The business has offices in London, New York, Germany and Shanghai.

www.knomo.com
  • Founder(s):
    Howard Harrison and Benoit Ruscoe
  • Year founded: 2004
  • HQ Location: London
An Immersive Theatrical Experience
LaplandUK revisited and reimagined a Father Christmas visit in the UK. Over the past 9 years they have created a unique and innovative immersive 4 hour Christmas experience centred around families celebrating a child’s precious but fleeting belief in Father Christmas. They have been visited by over 300,000 people including royalty many times as well as Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and many more celebrities. LaplandUK have created an immersive event as its first demonstration of its values and brand. They are inspired by Cirque du Soleil who took a much loved, but tired, subject and reinvented it with quality, integrity and artistry and expanded around the world.

www.laplanduk.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Mike Battle and Alison Battle
  • Year founded: 2007
  • HQ Location: London (LaplandUK is staged annually on the Windsor Estate near Ascot)
Opticians & Hearing Care Provider
Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care is a family business owned and run, since 1928, employing over 250 people, within 34 stores in South East of England. It focuses on the highest levels of clinical care, within contemporary designed stores, using the latest diagnostic equipment and technology. They provide fashionable and high quality products that are built to last and are fitted via highly qualified opticians and audiologists. Its brand philosophy is For Life - they help people to see and to hear so they can live life as fully as possible.

www.leightons.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Henry Oscar Leighton; Ryan Leighton (pictured) is CEO and founder of hearing business
  • Year founded: 1928
  • HQ Location: Farnham
Online Marketplace for Property
LendInvest is a leader of FinTech and PropTech innovation, bringing online marketplace lending to property for the first time. Since 2013, LendInvest investors have lent over £610 million to property entrepreneurs building or redeveloping 2,250 properties. LendInvest received the UK FinTech sector’s largest ever Series A investment when Beijing Kunlun, a Chinese technology company invested £22 million in June 2015. The company then closed a £17 million Series B investment by Atomico in March 2016. Last year, the company became the only UK marketplace lender to report two years’ of profitability in its first two years of trading in 2015. LendInvest is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

www.lendinvest.com
  • Founder(s):
    Christian Faes (pictured) and Ian Thomas
  • Year founded: 2013
  • HQ Location: London
Investment Company
Leni Gas Cuba (LGC) was founded in March 2015 as the first specialist investment company in the world to focus on the country of Cuba. It listed on the ISDX Growth Market in November having raised a total of £4.725 million in order to implement its investment strategy. So far, investments have been made in five Cuba based companies, giving LGC a head start in one of the world’s most prospective national economies. Other sectors of interest are tourism, accommodation, infrastructure, transport, commercial and residential property, technology, communications, manufacturing, retail, services, leisure, agricultural and natural resources.

www.lenigascuba.com
  • Founder(s):
    David Lenigas
  • Year founded: 2015
  • HQ Location: London
Online Beauty Marketing Platform
The LiB Group brings engaged beauty customers and brands together. Beauty consumers have the opportunity to discover the right products for them at a fraction of the price, beautifully packaged and conveniently delivered to their homes. Through specific targeting, feedback and insight analysis, beauty brands reach the right consumers with the right products increasing long-term conversion into their brands.

www.libgroup.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Nort Janssen
  • Year founded: 2011
  • HQ Location: London
Watches and Instruments
Modern by design, intelligent by materials and complex by construction, these are the fundamental ingredients that define a Linde Werdelin timepiece. Defying convention and breaking the boundaries of what is possible, they have successfully established a distinctive, respected point of view in the art of fine watchmaking. Inspired by childhoods spent skiing and diving, in 2002 Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin formulated the idea: to create analogue, mechanical timepieces for telling time, and attachable, digital, electronic instruments for precision in skiing and diving.

LindeWerdelin.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Jorn Werdelin and Morten Linde
  • Year founded: 2002
  • HQ Location: London
Electronic FX Trading Technology
One of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies, LMAX Exchange the leading MTF for FX. Servicing brokers, funds, asset managers and banks, LMAX Exchange is leading the industry transformation to transparent, precise execution. With clients in over 90 countries, LMAX Exchange delivers neutral, level playing field for all market participants, regardless of status, size or activity levels. Based on proprietary, ultra-low latency technology, the LMAX Exchange open order is driven by streaming, no ‘Last Look’ limit order liquidity. LMAX Exchange - the emerging benchmark for global FX.

www.lmax.com
  • Founder(s):
    David Mercer
  • Year founded: 2007 (launched in 2010)
  • HQ Location: London
Research and Thought Leadership
Longitude Research helps companies to plan, research and produce high-quality content and thought leadership. They work predominantly in the B2B sector for professional services, financial services and technology companies, specifically in close collaboration with and as an extension of their clients' marketing teams. Their focus is on using research and content to deliver their commercial and marketing objectives.

www.longituderesearch.com
  • Founder(s):
    Rob Mitchell, James Watson and Gareth Lofthouse
  • Year founded: 2011
  • HQ Location: London
Technology and Storytelling startup
Lost My Name is a marvellously unusual, award winning startup that plays in the intersection between storytelling and technology. Its mission is to give every grownup creative superpowers, to make magical, meaningful connections with a child. It’s created both the best-selling and the most technologically advanced personalised picture books in the world. And has made over 1.4 million children gasp and giggle in 167 countries.

www.lostmy.name
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Tal Oron, Asi Sharabi, Pedro Serapicos and David Cadji-Newby
  • Year founded: 2012
  • HQ Location: Hackney, London
Naturally-smoked Food
Love Moorish is a producer of award-winning smoked humous and dips, created from traditional artisan methods in Dorset that has been making itself increasingly known, with stockists from Waitrose and Ocado to Budgens and even British Airways.

www.lovemoorish.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Julie Waddell
  • Year founded: 2012
  • HQ Location: Devon
Photonics Technology Company
M Squared designs and manufactures world-class lasers and advanced photonic systems. Its game-changing products are helping scientists push the boundaries of their scientific research whilst the M Squared Innovation Group actively collaborates with universities, institutions and industry around the world to develop and commercialise new light-based applications. The company has a worldwide customer base supported via a global network of representatives and local offices. M Squared has been featured in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100, Deloitte Technology Fast 50, Deloitte EMEA Fast 500 and Bloomberg Business Innovators 2016.

m2lasers.com
  • Founder(s):
    Dr. Graeme Malcolm OBE (pictured) and Dr. Gareth Maker
  • Year founded: 2006
  • HQ Location: Glasgow
Cash Flow Finance for Businesses
MarketInvoice is the world’s largest peer-to-peer business lender for cash flow finance. Businesses can access funds in 24 hours against outstanding invoices, licenses, contracts and subscriptions. Launched in 2011 and based in London and Manchester, MarketInvoice has helped hundreds of businesses overcome the lengthy payment terms of their customers. More than £650 million has been raised through the platform, with businesses using the funds to hire more staff, launch new products and pay their suppliers. The UK government – via the British Business Bank – has lent more than £50 million through MarkeInvoice since 2013, in a partnership agreed until 2018.

www.marketinvoice.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Anil Stocker and Ilya Kondrashov; Charles Delingpole (not pictured)
  • Year founded: 2011
  • HQ Location: Holborn, London
Global Executive Search
Marlin Hawk is a global leadership advisory and executive search firm that delivers the next generation of business leaders. They are game changers who challenge convention. They hunt wider, dig deeper and work smarter to find the few special candidates who make a real difference. Their pioneering approach helps companies secure the leaders they need to thrive in tomorrow’s business world. Their services include Executive Search, Interim Consulting, Partnership Programmes, Market Intelligence & Organisational Analysis, Talent Mapping & Pipelining and Leadership Assessment & Coaching.

www.marlinhawk.com
  • Founder(s):
    David Holloway (pictured) and Jonathan Hime
  • Year founded: 2003
  • HQ Location: London
Product, Design and Procurement
Matrix APA is product design and procurement partners with energy and imagination. They are experts in creating, sourcing, and delivering best performing products to meet the needs of retailers and brands worldwide.

www.matrixapa.com
  • Founder(s):
    Charlie Bradshaw
  • Year founded: 1996
  • HQ Location: London
Design Agency
MCCGLC imagine and create inspiring experiences to communicate ideas for global brands. Through architecture, graphic design, video and interactive technologies, they help their multinational clients bridge the physical and digital worlds by delivering events, exhibition stands, media and digital campaigns.

www.mccglc.com
  • Founder(s):
    Matteo Console Camprini
  • Year founded: 2005 (moved to London)
  • HQ Location: Old Street, London
Two Factor User Authentication
MIRACL is a leading cyber-security company creating next generation of protection to Web services and users by replacing outdated models. MIRACL's M-Pin application authenticates users through a protocol that does not store passwords, PINs or credentials of any kind, and that prevents the database server attacks that organisations face today. M-Pin has been selected by Experian to protect UK citizens using the GOV.UK Verify service from identity fraud and the associated costs that result from cybercriminals stealing and abusing passwords.

www.miracl.com
  • Founder(s):
    Brian Spector (pictured) and Dr. Michael Scott
  • Year founded: 2009
  • HQ Location: Shoreditch, London
Financial Comparison Site
money.co.uk is a free, independent comparison website helping consumers and businesses compare personal finance products and utilities. The site provides over 500 free guides packed with information that explains complicated financial matters in an easy to digest format. money.co.uk recently won the Tech Track 100 outstanding achievement award, was voted the 7th best small business to work in the UK and ranked the second fastest growing business in the Sunday Times Fast Track.

www.money.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Chris Morling
  • Year founded: 2008
  • HQ Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Filmmaking Reimagined
Movidiam is a professional creative network and project management application that enables brands, agencies and filmmakers to connect, collaborate and create remarkable films.

www.movidiam.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) George Olver and Alex Vero
  • Year founded: 2014
  • HQ Location: London
Serviced Office Provider
Orega's fully serviced offices are an affordable solution for working in desirable city centre locations. Their business centre portfolio stands at 14 prime sites throughout the UK and Europe. They pride themselves in providing their customers with the highest level of support services and professional environments. Orega are committed to offering exceptional facilities whether you are setting up a serviced office, booking a meeting room or using their Virtual Office packages. Their support and customer service teams will go above and beyond to ensure the Orega experience exceeds expectations.

www.orega.com
  • Founder(s):
    Zachary Douglas and Paul Finch
  • Year founded: 2000
  • HQ Location: London
Online Fresh Coffee Delivery
Pact Coffee makes it easy to get your hands on fresh roasted coffee, because fresh coffee tastes better. They ship their coffee within 7 days of roasting - grinding it at the last moment - to make it easier to drink fresh coffee everyday. With an account on pactcoffee.com and through their app you need never run out. And through their Direct Trade relationships with farmers, they pay a higher price than Fairtrade for better quality coffee, and encourage the farmers they work with to invest in coffee quality and their people.

www.pactcoffee.com
  • Founder(s):
    Stephen Rapoport
  • Year founded: 2012
  • HQ Location: Bermondsey, London
Regional Commercial Property Investment
Palace Capital plc is an AIM quoted conservatively geared property investment company focusing on the regions. They continue to build their income with selective acquisitions in quality locations, including those that are part of the Northern Powerhouse.

www.palacecapitalplc.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Stanley Davis and Neil Sinclair
  • Year founded: 2010
  • HQ Location: London
Online Fitness Aggregator
Life is busy and there are lots of things occupying our time without having to worry where to workout. At PayAsUGym they believe exercise should work for you and should be fun. They’ve broken down conventional barriers and offer people fitness freedom. PayAsUGym was born in 2011. Since then they’ve worked hard to unrestrict how, where and when their customers workout. They were the first fitness aggregator and they now give their 400k customers in the UK more choice, unique products and better prices than anyone else.

www.payasugym.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Jamie Ward and Neil Harmsworth
  • Year founded: 2011
  • HQ Location: London
Customer Experience Management
PCA Predict believes delivering an exceptional online experience is the key to attracting and retaining customers in a highly competitive market. However, to be successful you need tools which make the journey faster, smoother and easier for the customer as well as the ability to recognise when things are not going so well, so that you can support their journey with a different approach. PCA Predict’s mission is to help deliver exceptional online experiences by anticipating and reacting to changes in customer behaviour to turn poor experiences into good ones and make good ones even better.

www.pcapredict.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Guy Mucklow and Jamie Turner
  • Year founded: 2000
  • HQ Location: Worcester and NYC
Micro-specialist Staffing Group
Phaidon International is a global staffing group with 8 micro-specialist recruitment brands.

www.phaidoninternational.com
  • Founder(s):
    Adam Buck
  • Year founded: 2004
  • HQ Location: London
Transportation, Logistics and Fleet Management
Pie Mapping provide a transportation and logistics solution that every individual, organisation with a vehicle or fleet, can afford, that is easily use, offers flexibility to scale up & down that will drive operational cost visibility and efficiencies. Successful customer focused companies rely on their ability to deliver operational logistics excellence. The Pie platform is the scalable SAAS offering for any size of business with vehicles.

www.piemapping.com
  • Founder(s):
    Freddie Talberg (pictured) and Max Glaisher
  • Year founded: 2009
  • HQ Location: London
Online Business Finance Marketplace
Platform Black is an online business finance marketplace. UK businesses can take advantage of two main products to access working capital finance, including instant funding via single invoice trading and supply chain finance, which ensures faster payment to suppliers. Since launching in 2012, the business has grown rapidly providing over £117 million of funding through their online platform. Continuous investment in the development of the platform and their recently strengthened risk focussed management team, ensures that funders have greater assurance that they are making good funding decisions providing businesses with a strong source of working capital finance to help their businesses grow.

www.platformblack.com
  • Founder(s):
    Andrew Whelan and Caroline Langron, MD (pictured) joined in 2014
  • Year founded: 2012
  • HQ Location: Basingstoke
Monetise Mobile Games
Playmob is a marketplace for games, brands and charities to monetise through connecting to social good. They provide the platform for partners to source, set up and manage campaigns, resulting in first time spenders, higher engagement and virality and increasing life time value for games, brands and charities. Playmob’s platform does the heavy lifting, ensuring a greater ROI for each partner.

www.playmob.com
  • Founder(s):
    Jude Ower MBE
  • Year founded: 2011
  • HQ Location: London
Borderless Community Funding Platform
Prodigy Finance is a global community, connecting the world’s emerging talent with the capital it needs to thrive. Their international network of investors fund graduate loans for students, over 3,800 students and $160 million in loans accepted to date, from over 116 countries, through a borderless model that prizes potential over geography. They find and help fund talent all across the world, crossing the borders and barriers which traditional funding providers cannot.

www.prodigyfinance.com
  • Founder(s):
    Cameron Stevens (pictured), Miha Zerko and Ryan Stelle
  • Year founded: 2007
  • HQ Location: London
Residential Property Crowdfunding Platform
Property Partner uniquely combines residential property crowdfunding with a secondary exchange upon which investors can trade their holdings. The company allows anyone to invest in an individual property of their choice, with as little or as much they wish, so they can own a share, receive rental income, and realise capital gains if property prices rise. The letting and management of the properties is carried out on behalf of investors. Property Partner brings accessibility, simplicity and transparency to a residential property market that has traditionally had high barriers to entry.

propertypartner.co
  • Founder(s):
    Daniel Gandesha
  • Year founded: 2014 (launched 2015)
  • HQ Location: London
Reflective Vehicle Safety Markings
PVL UK helps save lives and generates brand awareness. They are the biggest supplier of reflective vehicle safety marking kits to the UK emergency services fleet, and supply corporate branding for commercial vehicle fleets throughout the UK. From their manufacturing plant in Sussex, they produce vehicle specific reflective kits and full colour printed “wraps” for fleets of any size. PVL UK export their reflective vehicle kits as well as their patented Mirage™ thermal marking material into mainland Europe, the Middle East and USA.

www.pvluk.com
  • Founder(s):
    Nick Broom
  • Year founded: 2000
  • HQ Location: Sussex
Exporter of British Groceries
Ramsden International is a wholesale exporter offering 23,000 British grocery items to over 550 customers in 130 countries worldwide. Customers range from small retailers to multi-national retailers and distributors. They pride themselves on being solely dedicated to the export market and they position themselves not just as a wholesaler but also as a service provider, offering customers a range of value-added services to make importing British groceries as easy as possible. This includes air freight, inkjetting and relabelling, documentation and compliance, translations, consolidations, logistics and freight management.

www.ramsden-international.com
  • Founder(s):
    Sean Ramsden
  • Year founded: 1970
  • HQ Location: Grimsby
The UK’s #1 Home Services Marketplace
Rated People is the UK’s #1 home services marketplace. It connects homeowners with skilled, available tradespeople in their area. Founded in 2005, the company offers a safer and more convenient way for homeowners to find local tradespeople than traditional directory methods. It also offers over 50,000 UK tradespeople the opportunity to grow their reputation and find quality work in their area. In 2015, Rated People saw 1 million jobs posted on the platform, with at least one job posted and serviced in every UK postcode. Rated People also offers a wealth of home tips, décor ideas and interviews with industry leaders on its blog and its ‘Ask an Expert’ forum.

www.ratedpeople.com
  • Founder(s):
    Andrew Skipwith and Celia Francis (CEO)
  • Year founded: 2005
  • HQ Location: London
Perfecting the Buying Experience
ResponseTap connects the online customer journey to the phone call to help marketers understand what makes people call, so they can better optimise their marketing. This data is also used to enhance the phone call experience by empowering the call centre agent with next best action information based on information gathered during the online customer journey. Together this allows a business to improve the end to end buying experience of the customer from first becoming aware of their products to actually buying over the phone.

www.responsetap.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Richard Hamnett and Ross Fobian
  • Year founded: 2008
  • HQ Location: Manchester
Business Results Through Digital
Results Through Digital is a group of businesses. EMS Internet is the original business, focussing on websites and web marketing, founded in 1999. Appitized is their bespoke mobile app development business. Then there is their bespoke web marketing business, EMS fifteen, and a mass market mobile app business, Appitized Business. Additionally they have RTD Labs that will be the core of services development. Their clients include a number of NHS Trusts, some well known brands like Reebok and Barry M, and large number of growing SMEs.

www.resultsthroughdigital.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Jamie Wilson
  • Year founded: 1999
  • HQ Location: Warrington, Cheshire
Supply Chain Management Professional Development
SCM World is the cross-industry learning community powered by the world's most influential supply chain practitioners. It exists to advance the profession of supply chain management - helping senior executives share best practice in order to shape the future of supply chain for consumers, for business and for the lasting benefit of society. Membership of the SCM World community provides access to predictive, ground-breaking research, world-leading events, cross-industry expertise, practitioner-driven content and exclusive peer-to-peer connections. Members of the community include Unilever, Nike, Caterpillar, Cisco, Nestle, Chevron, Dell, and General Mills.

www.scmworld.com
  • Founder(s):
    Oliver Sloane (pictured) and Jonathan Bennett
  • Year founded: 2009
  • HQ Location: London
Award-winning Mobile Gaming
Headquartered in London, Space Ape are a high performing team who aspire to make the highest quality and most successful games on your smartphone and tablet. Their first game, Samurai Siege was released in Oct 2013 to great success (14m installs and $30m in revenue to date) and their second game Rival Kingdoms, released in May this year received the Apple Editors' Choice award, has 5m installs to date and is generating $2m/month. They have an exciting pipeline in development, including the release of a major new Transformers mobile game in Spring 2016.

www.spaceapegames.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Simon Hade, John Earner and Toby Moore
  • Year founded: 2012
  • HQ Location: London
Cloud-based Ticketing Platform
Spektrix’s mission is to provide the arts with the tools to be successful, which they do through their cloud-based ticketing, marketing and fundraising platform. Their long-term ambition is to be the platform that powers entertainment ticketing worldwide. Spektrix works with over 250 organisations in the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada, and focus on working with them to help them grow and develop their audiences, increase their revenues, and run as efficiently as possible. In 2015, Spektrix processed £200 million of ticket sales through the system. Within 3 years, they expect to be selling over £1 billion of tickets through the system.

www.spektrix.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Matt Scarisbrick and Michael Nabarro
  • Year founded: 2007
  • HQ Location: London
Investor-led Equity Crowdfunding
SyndicateRoom is the only UK-based, investor-led equity crowdfunding platform. By allowing their members to co-invest alongside experienced angel investors in highly sophisticated opportunities, they get access to the same economic terms as the lead investors. SyndicateRoom was founded by Gonçalo de Vasconcelos and Tom Britton, and its own lead investors. Advisers include UK Business Angel of the Year Peter Cowley and super-angel Jonathan Milner. SyndicateRoom is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.

www.syndicateroom.com
  • Founder(s):
    (L-R) Gonçalo de Vasconcelos and Tom Britton
  • Year founded: 2013
  • HQ Location: Cambridge
Tailor-made Dog Food
Tails.com is tailor-made food blended to a dog’s unique nutritional and dietary needs. It is a completely new approach to dog food that was set up to change the lives of dogs and their owners for the better. Tails.com was developed with vets and nutritionists and uses technology to cut out the middleman (shops), analyse a dog’s condition and needs and provide tailor-made food for dogs that is as individual as they are. To celebrate man’s best friend it has just released 'FEED DIFFERENT', a film narrated by Sir Michael Gambon – best known as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter – starring 20 uniquely different dogs.

www.tails.com
  • Founder(s):
    Mark Holland, Steve Webster, Karen Freeman, Kat Linger, Paul Cooke, Joe Inglis, Graham Bosher, James Davidson (CEO)
  • Year founded: 2014
  • HQ Location: London
Trendy Homeware, Gifts and Party Accessories
Experts in fun and innovative partyware, people around the world are already celebrating with Talking Tables. Launching new collections seasonally with award winning products, Talking Tables can be found at the heart of special occasions. It’s time to get together!

www.talkingtables.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Clare Harris
  • Year founded: 1999
  • HQ Location: London
Video Games Services
The Catalis Group consists of three key areas: Curve Digital Publishing, the fast-growing independent games publisher on PC and console formats; Kuju Entertainment, one of the UK’s leading ‘work for hire’ video games development companies, which encompasses the Zoe Mode and Headstrong Games studios; Testronic Laboratories, the leading global provider of QA, compliance, and localization services for the entertainment industries, including film, television and video games.

www.catalisgroup.com
  • Founder(s):
    Dominic Wheatley
  • Year founded: 2000
  • HQ Location: Croydon
UK-based Commercial Cleaning
The Clean Space - a proud Living Wage Foundation recognised service provider - look after their cleaners, something a significant proportion of the cleaning industry fails to do. They train and manage their staff properly, pay them accurately and on time, give holiday, and respect them as individuals, because it’s the right thing to do. Additionally, keeping their cleaners happy and motivated means they do a better job for their clients. They are united in their mission to make The Clean Space the best, most-distinctive cleaning company in the UK.

www.thecleanspace.com
  • Founder(s):
    Charlie Mowat
  • Year founded: 2003
  • HQ Location: Vauxhall, London
International Content Company
The Moment is a Creative Content Company. They are passionate about creating amazing content with a real purpose that performs. Content that compels audiences to share, engage and start a conversation – right there and then in that very moment. That’s The Moment we live for. They understand the passions and interest of audiences. What are their needs and desires? As storytellers they then use their expertise in TV and video production, experiential and digital to create content that entertains, inspires, informs and engages audiences whenever and wherever they are.

www.wearethemoment.com
  • Founder(s):
    Mark Hawkins, CEO, following extraction out of Twofour (TV production group)
  • Year founded: 2014 (extracted from Twofour Group)
  • HQ Location: Holborn, London
Global Marine Interior Refurbishment Specialists
Trimline is a market leading marine interior refurbishment specialist. Their mission is to deliver quality interior refurbishments on time, on budget and to exceed every customer's expectations through innovation, superior project management and value driven partnerships. They start each job with fresh eyes, knowing that every project is different and has specific demand. They draw on their experience gained from over 50 years in the industry to find solutions for every project.

www.trimline.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Gary Oliver (left) and Michael Oliver (3rd from right); originally Reginald Oliver
  • Year founded: 1965
  • HQ Location: Southampton, Hampshire
Yoga, Pilates and Treatments in London
triyoga is London’s leading destination for yoga, Pilates and treatments. The company opened its first centre in Primrose Hill in 2000 and has grown to have four locations in Camden, Chelsea, Soho and Covent Garden. triyoga is recognised for working with leading teachers and therapists, both in London and from around the world. As centres of excellence, they provide the highest quality classes in beautiful, tranquil spaces complete with lifestyle shops and organic cafés. The yoga class schedule offers over 400 classes per week – in addition to inspiring and innovative workshops, courses and teacher training programmes – with a broad range of authentic yoga styles that makes the practice accessible for everyone, whatever their age, physical ability, experience or goals.

www.triyoga.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Jonathan Sattin
  • Year founded: 2000
  • HQ Location: Primrose Hill
Smart, Flexible Power Generation
UK Power Reserve is the leading independent developer and operator of flexible, smart and affordable power generation. Their company plays a critical role in the delivery of one of life’s most basic requirements - electricity. They participate in a variety of Energy Balancing Services and provide third-party aggregation and Demand Side Response (DSR) management and trading services. UK Power Reserve’s portfolio is the largest reserve power portfolio in the UK, and places the company amongst the largest independent reserve power providers in the EU.

www.ukpowerreserve.com
  • Founder(s):
    Tim Emrich (middle)
  • Year founded: 2010
  • HQ Location: Solihull
Silicon IP
UltraSoC addresses a crisis in SoC development: today’s billion-transistor chips are so complex it is almost impossible for the designers to predict or fully understand their operation.

www.ultrasoc.com
  • Founder(s):
    Professor Klaus MacDonald Meier is co founder and Chief Scientist. CEO Rupert Baines pictured
  • Year founded: 2009 (first funding)
  • HQ Location: Cambridge
Software for Criminal Justice
The Unilink Group comprises four operating companies and also offices in Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands in addition to the UK. The company is privately owned and focussed upon developing innovative technology for niche markets. Currently employing 60 staff Unilink is growing at around 20-30% per annum and has just won a significant contract in Australia to install across a complete state. The Unilink Group Board has Paul Mullins, Chair of ETF, as non-exec and Sir Martin Narey a non-Exec and former head of the National Offender Management Service.

www.unilink-software.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Francis Toye
  • Year founded: 1994
  • HQ Location: London
Vibe Inspire Better Education
Vibe is a team of teachers with a passion for Education and a positive attitude to life. As well as supporting schools by placing the best people to suit their needs, they support and inspire people to be better!

www.vibeteaching.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Paul Harris
  • Year founded: 2001
  • HQ Location: Ravenscourt Park, London
Electronic Cigarette Retailer & Wholesaler
The success of its move into electronic cigarettes in 2009 resulted in VIP focussing purely on that market from 2011. From a pure ecommerce sales channel, VIP expanded into retail kiosks and shops in the UK and has now over 100 outlets. Licensees operate another 68 retail outlets across the UK and Ireland. VIP can also be found in Asda and BP garages and smaller independent retailers. VIP employs 275 staff. VIP was acquired in 2014 by its US parent Electronic Cigarettes International Group Limited.

www.vipelectroniccigarette.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Miguel Corral (pictured) and David Levin (no longer with the company)
  • Year founded: 2004 (commenced selling in 2009)
  • HQ Location: Radcliffe, Manchester
Specialist International Recruitment
Vivid Resourcing was founded in 2008 by current Managing Director Charlie Walker (then 24). Initially focussing upon supplying interim contract workers in the Technology and Engineers sectors, Vivid grew to a turnover exceeding £30 million within only 7 years. Building on early successes in the domestic UK market, Vivid Resourcing has developed into one of the UK’s most prominent internationally-focussed recruiters. The business supplies workers into over 50 countries, placing workers in roles ranging from Biomass Engineers in Rwanda, through to Web Developers in Sweden. The company is Headquartered in Clerkenwell, with further locations in Manchester, Glasgow, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

www.vividresourcing.com
  • Founder(s):
    Charlie Walker
  • Year founded: 2008
  • HQ Location: Clerkenwell, London
Litigation Funding
Woodsford provides litigation and arbitration funding. Their clients are businesses with a strong case, but without the financial ability to pursue it, or well-resourced corporates who wish to hedge risk and mitigate the detrimental effect of lengthy disputes on cash flow. In return for investing in a case they receive an agreed share of the proceeds recovered. If the claim is lost they receive nothing. Their charges depend on a range of factors including the amount in dispute, the likelihood of success and the estimated duration of the claim.

www.woodsfordlitigationfunding.com
  • Founder(s):
    Yves Bonavero
  • Year founded: 2010
  • HQ Location: London
Computer Software
Founded in 1999, Workshare is changing the way organisations work together so they can create and share documents quickly and safely, and be more productive. A leading provider of systems that help document professionals manage drafts and manage deals - and help their companies manage file sharing risk - Workshare enables organisations in every industry to coordinate more seamlessly, safe in the knowledge that sensitive hidden data remains hidden. Workshare is headquartered in London, with offices across the United States, and Australia.

www.workshare.com
  • Founder(s):
    Anthony Foy (pictured) and Barrie Hadfield
  • Year founded: 1999
  • HQ Location: London
Wholesale Seafood Distribution & Restaurants
Wright Brothers are "sea to plate" specialists with operations covering aquaculture, wholesale distribution and restaurants. They currently operate mostly within London and are starting to scale nationally.

www.thewrightbrothers.co.uk
  • Founder(s):
    Ben Wright
  • Year founded: 2002
  • HQ Location: South Kensington, London
Entertainment on Tap
With a carefully curated list of events, perfectly tailored for impulsive city-dwellers, YPlan inspires people to live their city like never before. YPlan available on the web and as a free app on iOS and Android allows users to browse upcoming gigs, food tastings, theatre shows and gallery exhibitions, meaning they can book tickets to some of their city’s best attractions in just two taps. YPlan has enjoyed over 2,000,000 app downloads since launch and works with over 1,500 event partners.

www.yplanapp.com
  • Founder(s):
    Viktoras Jucikas (left) and Rytis Vitkauskas (right)
  • Year founded: 2012
  • HQ Location: London
Hospitality
Z Hotels has defined a new category of hotel built around affordabilty and compact luxury for short stays in town. They have created a compact bedroom that focuses on the main three features their guests expect: a fantastic bed, great in-room entertainment and well designed en suite shower room. All of their hotels offer prime locations at affordable prices.

www.thezhotels.com
  • Founder(s):
    Bev King, Rich Meehan, Jonathan Raymond, Jamie Goldstein
  • Year founded: 2011
  • HQ Location: London
Automates Market Research
ZappiStore generates insight through automation. Using technology to make industry-leading market research faster and more cost-effective. Enabling clients to get insights fuelling their business decisions in a matter of hours. Bringing consumers into the business process earlier and more often.

www.zappistore.com
  • Founder(s):
    Steve Phillips
  • Year founded: 2013
  • HQ Location: Camden, London