Eatibbles focuses on trying to create quality gluten-free products that can't be distinguished from their gluten-containing alternatives,products that all the family can enjoy regardless of whether they have coeliac disease or not. Coeliac disease is a condition where the patient is unable to tolerate a protein called gluten, which is found in many day-to-day products like breads, cereals and cakes. Many gluten-free products currently available are quite tough to eat and not of the same quality as their gluten-containing alternatives. In the future, Eatibbles will branch into a range of food products that address a number of different food intolerances and allergies, allowing those who suffer from these conditions to enjoy the foods that many of us take for granted. They will develop food products that promote health and prevent disease and illness,covering a range of issues including the immune system, bone strength, and heart health.
Jordan Bourke's Guilt Free Gourmet brownies are luxurious and indulgent, yet totally guilt-free. Made with naturally healthy alternatives to refined sugar, wheat, and dairy, they are just as decadent and delicious as any other brownie you might taste, but far better for you. Currently selling to private clients, Jordan is now looking to bring his brownies to independent food stores in the UK, starting out in London. As a chef and author of 'The Guilt Free Gourmet', (currently no. 32 in the top 100 bestselling cookbooks on Amazon) he makes sure that flavour is not compromised for health. Instead he uses his experience as a chef to seamlessly bring together health and flavour,so the customer never feels as though they are missing out.
Club Cardio is the only workout fusing exercise with easy-to-follow dance moves in a nightclub setting, combating the social discomfort people often recall in an intimidating gym class.
Club Cardio is the first concept of its kind in the UK, bringing exercise to a non-judgmental setting and changing people’s mindset and attitude to keeping fit. With upbeat tunes, laser lights, no mirrors and a motivating cardio instructor engaging the crowd from the stage, people can experience a more exciting way to keep fit. The concept allows nightclubs to broaden their range of entertainment in order to monetise their off-peak hours and build up weekend traffic, and encourages people to attend fun and exciting cardio classes.more info
Pure Pet Food offers a pioneering approach to the premium dog food market. The business manufactures a dehydrated dog food which preserves its ingredients without the need for the harsh cooking processes involved in the production of commercial dry and wet foods, creating a food product with the same nutrients and goodness found in raw and homemade foods. As dog owners become more educated on what is actually in commercial foods and how they are made, many are turning to raw and home-cooked meals due to a lack of commercial options. Pure Pet Food takes away the inconvenience, health risks, and costs that raw feeding and home-cooking can bring, whilst providing a healthier alternative.
Twists Pasta Bar is the first fast food offering to encourage healthy eating. The business is a gourmet sandwich bar that specialises in made-to-order sandwiches, salads and a new range of hot pastas. The main menu line offers customers the chance to create individual meals (some under 300 calories) made fresh in front of them, with no artificial flavours, additives or preservatives. The current line offers gourmet piegata breads, Italian Tascar-Caesar breads, whole wheat pasta shapes, and personalised salads.
Direct Mechanics provides a transparent, convenient and low-cost vehicle servicing alternative to answer to the 14-30 million motorists who feel ripped off by mechanics and feel that servicing is too inconvenient, citing difficulties finding a good garage and arranging transport to and from the garage. Direct Mechanics’ fully qualified mechanics can service your car in the safety and security of your favourite shopping centre whilst you shop, or at your home or place of work. All work includes a 12 month warranty on parts and labour.
Flavourly packs up the best award-winning food products from niche, independent producers throughout the UK into a ‘Flavour Box’ and sends them to your door for a monthly cost of £20. The Flavour Box contains a carefully selected range of 8-12 award-winning, great tasting and unique products. The business also offers small food producers the chance to get their products directly into the hands of targeted food loving consumers and trade owners. With thousands of these small food producers looking to extend their reach, the Flavour Boxes will always deliver new, unique and exciting luxury and convenience items each month.
Techwin uses an innovative technology, called augmented reality, which enables handheld devices such as mobile phones and tablets to pick up three dimensional images of characters from children’s reading books. This technology helps to improve the early reader’s interest in reading by bringing books to life. The books will bein print and electronic formats and will include augmented reality images embedded in the pages. Readers will need to download a simple scanning app, scan the pages in the book with their smart phone or other mobile device to link to 3D augmented reality animations, images, sounds, videos and stop-frame animations that will amaze the children but also help them learn to read.
Watkanidoo is a website that supports young people who want to work. It gets them to ask “What Can I Do?”, and then go out and find small paid jobs in their local areas helping friends, family and neighbours – people nearby who have jobs that need doing. The Watkanidoo Track Record System means that every job done – no matter how big or small – gets recognised as work experience on the user’s online profile and customers can leave feedback for jobs they’ve had done. The business will also offer a reward scheme which will offer small work experience placements at participating companies to the Watkanidoo user who amasses the most impressive Track Record each month.
The Loft is a pop-up, flatpack, department store that allows a collective of independent artists and designers to showcase and sell their work together within a prime location in the city centre, through occupying prominent and vacant city centre retail units on a rent free basis. The whole design and layout is based on a grid format allowing for equally divided and distributed areas of the store.
Cast Iron Kitchen is a brand new mobile food service that serves steaks cooked to order with a selection of sauces inspired by different cultures. The business plans to build a mobile stove on a push bike and have a bike ready for conversion into a gas fired cast iron griddle pan complete with preparation and service areas. Offering something new and sustainable to the burgeoning street food scene in London, they are pedal powered, as opposed to running a truck to and from venues. The current menu consists of Nekked: Aberdeen Angus rump steak served with tomato and lettuce, Tokyo: Rump steakserved with Teppanyaki sauce, sesame seeds and spring onion, New Orleans: Aberdeen Angus rump steak, Criolla salsa, chimmichurri sauce, and Philly: Aberdeen Angus rump steak, provolone cheese and onion jam.
Mooshie is a new kind of gourmet street food which showcases various types of wild mushrooms in the form of three main dishes: a signature burger, a wrap, and a ciabatta. The product is full of flavours and natural ingredients and is enhanced by a range of original sauces that complement the selection. As the business grows, Mooshie will introduce new dishes that fit with the concept and will use the seasonality aspect of exotic mushrooms to change the selection and flavours. The business will use innovative practices in product selection, choosing ethical suppliers and healthy ingredients.
Incredibli removes the hassle of collecting payments from a large group of people. Organising something that involves collecting money is a time consuming process; it is difficult to communicate with the people who are due to pay, people often don’t pay on time,and there is even a possibility of being left out of pocket. Incredibli solves this problem with an easy to use group funding platform that allows you to create a campaign with all the details of what you are organising. You then invite friends via social media and email to contribute to the campaign and can easily track who has paid, how much they have paid and how far off the target you are. At the completion of the campaign the funds are released to the organiser.
LAV Enterprises is a business focused on producing premium beverage products for the ready to drink market. LAVIMO is the first of many brands under the LAV Enterprises umbrella, creating non-alcoholic drinks that blend simple and fresher ingredients together to produce a unique and refreshing taste experience. LAVIMO is a fruit and herbal flavoured drink aimed at the health conscious consumer, and will be supplied to retailers with the shared values of offering fresher and healthier options within the beverage market.
Ereadis aims to allow writers to publish and promote their work and give readers access the best undiscovered creative writing on the web. Writers can publish, edit,and sell their work, share it with friends, and discover new and exciting writing. Moreover, they can access exclusive information, resources, and forums,and participate in writing contests. Readers will easily find stories of interest thanks to intelligent recommendations, which consider user profiles,readings, usage, and context. Users will be able to create reading lists,bookmark pages, and receive content updates from their favourite writers.Publishing and reading will be open to anyone and community moderators, reader ratings, and automated plagiarism and quality assurance tools will guarantee quality.
Zenzero Events brings together business principles and the creativity of street arts to provide original,tailor-made, creative, and interactive event entertainment. The business has a network of performers from a multitude of different backgrounds including dancers,actors, street artists, stilt walkers, jugglers, magicians, fire performers,aerial artists, gymnasts, human statues, and more. The client can work closely with the creative director on the costume design and character development or pick from a selection of the most popular acts. Zenzero Events ignites the spark of creativity that gives an occasion the ‘wow’ factor, transforming a celebration into an unforgettable memory.
First Year In is a new consultancy that helps SMEs to speed up cultural shifts and so boost the performance of their new staff. In this context, a cultural shift is ‘a necessary change in patterns of thinking, acting and communicating in order to adapt successfully to a new context.’ All new hires go through this process, and the faster they adapt, the more value they add. Research suggests that not supporting this process equates to a loss of £12k per employee, and so the company offers cultural shift training workshops and ongoing coaching support for this growing market.
Mindpipe Wedding Stationery designs and prints uniquely personalised wedding stationery. Couples are increasingly trying to add personal touches to their wedding preparations and celebrations, and using an easy to follow online order form they can send a picture of themselves and choose from a range of options including dresses,suits, hairstyles, and environments. The company then makes the characters look like the couple getting married, adding extra levels of customisation to the characters to make, for example, a baker with a flour-covered apron or a golfer with his five iron. Once the characters have been finalised and approved, the design is applied to any of the pieces of stationery that the couple have ordered, from invitations to orders of service.
Swogo is a free online service which helps people make a purchase decision like an expert, on the web or on the go, in just 60 seconds. They ask consumers a short series of easy-to-understand questions about their desired product or service and the proprietary algorithm translates the answers into technical specifications and features,backed up by user and expert reviews. Swogo is able to recommend the best product for the user's needs and will be starting out by recommending laptops in the UK before branching into the US. What calculators do for maths, Swogo wants to do for purchases.
Kaché imports the rarest coffee beans from the Caribbean and produces one of the best coffees in the world, in Britain. A coffee brand that encapsulates refinement in every cup, the company promotes ethical trade with a beyond fair-trade approach and has secured an exclusive partnership with the Guadeloupe coffee cooperative. Brought to Guadeloupe over 400 years ago, Guadeloupe Bonifieur coffee remains untouched and unchanged – no graft or modification has been carried out and no other coffee variety has entered the island, which means this coffee is the same as it was in 1726 when Gabriel de Clieu brought it from Louis XIV Jardin des Plantes.
Petite Maman specialises in selling A and B cup nursing bras. On a mission to make sure that petite women feel great about their nursing lingerie, the business offers a complete range of bras to help new mums with a smaller bust breastfeed their babies in comfort and style. The business wants to see an end to women having to make do in ill-fitting and badly designed nursing wear, and they stock a range of carefully chosen complimentary products to help women become the Yummy Mummies they were born to be.
DrDecaff Caffeine Replacement Tablets allow an individual to quit caffeine without experiencing harsh withdrawal symptoms. Caffeine is the world's most widely abused drug and withdrawal symptoms are often similar to flu symptoms. Studies show that caffeine is more addictive than heroine and many people report that it is harder to quit caffeine than to quit smoking. DrDecaff’s method is based on tried, tested and proven-to-work science. The natural health food supplements help to restore chemical balance in the brain, boosting energy levels and leading to a production of natural, feel-good chemicals.
Venue Shark provides an online platform that allows people to search for a venue for asocial event through an efficient search function and make enquiries all on the same website. Bars, clubs, and function suites will be included, and the website is completely free for the venue. Each venue will get a page with photos, info on their venue, and an enquiry form for the customer to get more information and book the party. Exclusive packages will be on offer, where an event management service will bring together various things to save the customer time, for example, a venue, photographer and club entry, as well as sponsorship for the venues to increase their visibility.
SmartLawn is a hybrid company that focuses on providing domestic garden solutions using emerging technologies including the Internet of Things, Big Data and Cloud Computing. The business aims to engage, ignite and empower a new generation of gardeners by providing beautifully designed yet simple and joyous smart objects for the domestic garden. SmartLawn is an electronic, programmable, and learning smart object which uses many different methods to help optimise a domestic lawn care and conditioning regime. The product will be initially available for domestic lawns with the potential for expansion into a variety of sectors,including the Agriculture and Sport Environment sectors.
Ruth Weaver offers professional herbal treatment which can support individuals with a wide range of conditions. The treatment involves an initial consultation whereby a thorough case history is taken and holistic health is explored. A therapeutic analysis of the patient is made and bespoke herbal medicines are prescribed alongside lifestyle and dietary advice. Increasing awareness of herbal medicine and its profound ability to improve health with no side effects means herbal medicine is now an increasingly popular form of healthcare. In the future, Ruth plans to use her knowledge as an herbalist to create a medicinal plant conservation and education centre for the growing and seed banking of rare and endangered medicinal plants from the UK and around the world.
Gupcakes are delicious cakes which come in a variety of colours, flavours, sizes, and shapes. The motto of the business is: ‘Art you can eat!’ The business will initially aim to deliver cupcakes to corporate offices, with plans to expand nationally. The business’ signature rainbow cupcake is currently a finalist in the Cake and Bake Show 2012, and the business is already generating interest from celebrities and chefs alike.
Remote Island Travel will offer packaged but flexible holidays to remote islands, first around Britain (including the Alderney, Lundy and Fair Isle) and then to France (Houat and Hoëdic amongst others), Italy and Greece. Unlike bespoke companies, they offer comparatively affordable breaks to remote locations for more than just 'the 1%'. The business will be customer-driven; while a package of flights, accommodation and transfers will be offered, customers will be also able to choose from a range of accommodation grade bands and classes through direct contact with the organiser. Car hire and other options will be offered as part of the package.
Rusty Can Ltd. was formed to capitalise on the festival waterproof clothing market, combining current and forecasted fashion trends with innovative, functional and practical waterproof clothing for music festivals under the brand name ‘bödybag’. A bödybag is an all-in-one waterproof suit that can be tightly packed away into a bum bag, perfect for music festivals. Bödybags will keep a consumer dry from head to toe in comfort, whilst being stylish and fashionable. It is also lightweight, easy to clean, easy to wear, breathable, easy to pack, reusable, and identifiable.
Staff Guardian is the only remote worker protection systemthat offers real-time staff tracking combined with accurate mileage and timerecords. Staff Guardian's GPS device sends the employee’s location accuratelyevery ten seconds and is the only lone worker safety solution with an automatedSOS alerting system, meaning the employees are protected when working remotely.Staff Guardian provides the most comprehensive solution for businesses thatmanage remote staff. Safety, assistance and management are integrated into oneefficient system which helps businesses become more cost and operation-efficient.Staff Guardian is completely cloud based so there is no extra IT infrastructurerequirements.
Flighire is a revolutionary new business which hires out aBoeing 737NG aircraft flight simulator. The business will cater for experienceflights, test flights, professional flights, small parties, and celebrations aswell as teambuilding and coordination days. They are also planning on introducinga nervous flyer program which would allow concerned flyers the opportunity tocome and learn more about the plane’s systems and get more comfortable with theidea of flying. The business proposes to offer a variety of experience packagesranging from 15 minute taster flights to full 90-minute packages which includea briefing, soft drinks, and memorabilia, on top of the thrill and excitementof being the pilot in command!
Syncro Education is attempting to innovate the private after-schooleducation sector by making it possible for anybody living in the UK to find anacademic tutor, and start working within seven days. Not only do they aim tomake finding a tutor easy, but they also aim to bring down the cost, andprovide ongoing world class service. Allthe tutors achieved an A* in their tutoring subject in high school and college,giving them domain expertise, and they are the perfect mentors for youngerstudents who aim to be in the same position as the tutors in a few years.
Big J’s Kitchen is a new, exciting brand that producesauthentic affordable luxury condiments, seasonings and foods from London'sBlack community – what the business has named ‘London's Soul Food’. They are aninnovative and pioneering brand that brings a cool quality to a market that previouslyhasn't allowed quality products to be associated with fun or ‘cool’ brandings. Theirfirst two products are Luxury BBQ and Jerk BBQ sauces.
GloGos are safety products designed to enhance thevisibility of cyclists when indicating a change of direction in the dark. By utilisingtwo reflective chevrons, GloGos alert drivers and other cyclists to anyupcoming change of direction. The product is waterproof, compact, uses noelectricity and therefore requires no complex wiring or batteries. They can beworn with any style of fashion at any time of the year. GloGos are easy to puton and take off as they have an elastic strapping system. GloGos also have thefeature of terminal ends so the strapping will not come through the laderlockadjustment system. When not cycling, they are easily stowed away, resulting inno alteration to the choice of garment of the rider.
Choclateas is a beverage company concentrating specificallyon tea-based drinks. The drinks will be a mix of the finest loose leaf teasfrom around the world, pure organic cocoa and organic, fair-trade darkchocolate. The company is aiming to offer an alternative to sinful drinks suchas hot chocolates and calorie-laden lattés with a much more satisfying, sophisticated and healthier option.
Pindown is a website through which individuals can plan daysout with friends, family or colleagues in a convenient and accessible way. Thisnew tech start-up asks members to create groups, highlight their availability ona visual calendar and then decide a day that is convenient for everyone to goout. They are then able to click through to see date-specific events,activities, vouchers and sales for businesses in their local area. Once theydecide to attend one of these events or use one of the vouchers, it thentransfers to their own personal calendar that they can use to plan their owndiary.
The West Africa Milling Company aims to be the premier riceproduction and distribution company in West Africa. Starting in Sierra Leone, theywill buy unprocessed rice from local smallholder farmers, and produce highquality white rice for retail distribution regionally and for the Europeanmarkets. Connecting farmers in rural areas with the best markets, andprocessing their produce to a high standard, allows the business to achieve agood price for their rice, thus enabling them to pass a higher margin to thefarmers.
MomentousMe is a daily deals site for exciting and exceptional experiences/activities, combined with a social network element to help users complete their list of things to do before they die (‘bucket list’). MomentousMe enables people to access these exceptional experiences at reduced rates. From market research carried out the business discovered 70% of people surveyed believe that exceptional and momentous experiences/activities are too expensive, therefore inaccessible. MomentousMe aims to fill this gap in the market.
Mei Mei’s Street Cart is an Oriental street food stall selling China’s version of the French crepe known as ‘Jian Bing’. The Jian Bing is savoury, and is served with eggs, spring onions, coriander, and chilli sauces. The cart will satisfy the demand for this rare delicacy sought by ex-pats and tourists, as well as the demand for new, exciting, exotic cuisines. The Street Cart will also provide a fresh alternative to the run of the mill food stalls seen in many food markets and festivals in the UK, and become a part of the recent upsurge in street food markets in the UK. The Street Cart will sell three different varieties of Jian Bing, including some suitable for vegetarians, and use only fresh, locally sourced produce and meats. This is a key part of the business – buying local and sustainable produce wherever the Street Cart is set up.
Creative Simplicity is a business with core competences and expertise in innovative mobile app design and development with the aim to commercialise in year one through their first mobile app solution for the retail sector. The business is currently developing GiftApp, a unique mobile application for Android and Apple mobile devices which allows customers to purchase gift cards via their mobile device and send them to the recipient’s mobile device in a few quick and easy steps. GiftApp saves people time by not having to leave home or spend hours on the Internet trying to find gifts. GiftApp is also free, which means no delivery costs or transaction costs.
The TeenTJ website allows teens to discover temporary jobs that are available in their local area. The business incorporates a number of USPs. It allows teens to view what jobs are on offer with minimum fuss and zero cost in addition to providing them with CV help and a direct mailing list, so they can be notified when a job becomes available. TeenTJ also offers businesses the ability to advertise their vacancies directly to teenagers, at a much cheaper cost, as well as a CV filtering service.
Footie Arena Limited is a five-a-side football centre located in Liverpool city centre on the top level of a multi-story car park. There will be five five-a-side artificial turf football pitches enclosed by side and roof fencing with floodlights. The business offers people the opportunity to play five-a-side football in an extremely convenient location. Customers can pay to play five-a-side football by either hiring out one or more of the pitches or by competing in a league or cup competition with a qualified referee.
The Backscratchers is the resource sharing and project collaboration website for the creative and entrepreneurial community. The website is for established and emerging professionals working within art, advertising, architecture, crafts, design, fashion, film, music, publishing, radio, software and TV who are interested in networking across disciplines and finding like-minded collaborators. No money is exchanged on the site. Instead, resources are the currency and members use them to connect and create with each other. It's simply 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours', or as The Backscratchers see it, 'you help me with my project, I'll help you with yours.'
Miss Kaan will be focusing on the growing 'modest fashion' market. Current high street labels do not offer elegant and modest clothing and are thus alienating a large section of society. Miss Kaan will be an innovative fashion label that will give the latest fashion trends a modest twist. Miss Kaan aims to provide an Eastern and Middle-Eastern clothing range including scarves which are becoming increasingly used as a head covering here on the streets of Britain, particularly London.
U18 is a niche online social network for secondary school pupils (aged 13-17yrs old). Their mission is to grow a dedicated online community space to stimulate, inspire and support self-expression in the creative industries, culture and sport, and then turn this virtual interaction into physical bespoke events and opportunities tailored to the end-user.
Play-o-logy aims to ‘exploring complex subjects through play’ using large scale creative installations which users can play in and interact with. The business’ initial subject is the digestive system for which it is building a large structure that explores the textures and science of the inside of our bodies. These installations will be transportable and, in essence, will provide 'pop up' educational play to a number of different environments, namely school playgrounds, gallery spaces, museums and public parks.
The Soup Library is a fun and unique sit-down festival food experience. The business serves delicious homemade vegetarian and vegan soups, all served with a generous chunk of wholemeal bread. All soups are freshly made, gluten free, and served by a team of vibrant young librarians. The Soup Library provides a place to sit down to eat and a café-culture vibe which makes a welcome change from the usual festival experience of struggling to stand and eat a takeaway. The fun festival atmosphere also carries on inside the tent with librarians doing readings, library quizzes and telling bedtime stories. The tent is kitted out like a library, with a varied selection of quirky books (as well as instruction manuals, pop-out books and magazines) for people to enjoy.
Urban Coco is a fashion and lifestyle magazine which is the only one of its kind in Leeds. The magazine is distributed to professional females within Leeds and provides a high-end advertising platform for businesses to target its loyal readers. The magazine is also available online, enabling worldwide coverage and readers from all corners of the globe. The website is updated several times per day with new and exciting content to keep readers interested and always returning for more.
The TeenTJ website allows teens to discover temporary jobs that are available in their local area. The business incorporates a number of USPs. It allows teens to view what jobs are on offer with minimum fuss and zero cost in addition to providing them with CV help and a direct mailing list, so they can be notified when a job becomes available. TeenTJ also offers businesses the ability to advertise their vacancies directly to teenagers, at a much cheaper cost, as well as a CV filtering service.
Agile Therapy provides Chartered Physiotherapy to the students and staff of Cardiff University from a clinic at Cardiff University Students Union. The clinic also treats the general public and has contracts with two sports teams that also feed further clients into the clinic. Within six months of trading, Agile Therapy is showing a healthy profit and the business expects this trend to continue. Over the next year, Agile Therapy wants to invest to secure and improve the clinic facilities and set up two new clinics in other institutes.
This organisation will provide a myriad of different arts-related activities in an enjoyable environment. From literature events to school workshops and musical therapy, the Emporium would like to provide an arts hub in Carlisle which will benefit and engage the community as a whole. Market research suggests there is no forum available for the arts in Carlisle, and the Emporium would like to see a hub that works as a comfortable, open-door environment which caters for the community of Carlisle and expands the engagement of creative services.
Be.Art is a commercial enterprise that provides inspiring and innovative art environments for businesses and property. High quality contemporary art and designs are available for sale, loan or commission alongside an informed, flexible consultancy service. Be. Art provides unique pieces from a wide range of specialisms such as painting, photography, sculpture, lighting and sound installations, film and digital media, surface design and textiles.
www.eTeamUps.com empowers individuals and companies to find their ideal team members by scientifically matching them on the basis of work style, past experience and future goals. Combining the latest research in organisational psychology with cutting-edge algorithmic techniques, eTeamUps matches the most suitable professionals, resulting in saved time and improved engagement and performance. The target customers include entrepreneurs seeking co-founders and partners, enterprises forming internal teams, and students seeking project partners.
Full Windsor is a design-lead bicycle accessories company that specialises in creating innovative and environmentally sustainable aftermarket bicycle products. Through innovative design, Full Windsor produces product solutions that fill niche gaps in the cycling market. The business sells directly to the biggest cycle retailers in the UK which include Wiggle, Evans Cycles, Cycle Surgery and numerous independently owned bike shops. The business has also just begun to supply distributors in Germany, Japan, Canada and Australia.
LUX Creations Ltd is a design company specialising in product and mobile design. The business has created a smartphone application called 'Travel Alert' which is 5-star rated and among the top 30 paid travel apps available on the iPhone. The company ethos is to create simple and effective ideas and transform them from concept to reality. LUX Creations Ltd is working on a range of innovative products to solve everyday problems. Their latest product, Clear Notes, is the only transparent and reusable sticky note available on the market. They have also developed a pen that allows the user to make inscriptions which can be removed by using the attached eraser, so that the note can be used over and over again.
JobHAT is a recruitment service aimed at small and growing businesses. Created by Cathi Harrison and Adrian Green, the concept was arrived at after Cathi struggled to recruit for her other company, Para-Sols. Although she now has five employees, finding the first employee took over 12 months as there is no recruitment service designed specifically for small businesses at the present time, and posting on job boards can be expensive for sole traders.
JobHAT will provide personalised service and support in a much more affordable way. The business is passionate about helping small businesses to thrive and will share their recruitment experience to help them make the right decisions with their employees and prevent them experiencing restricted growth due to recruitment difficulties.
Pinkspiration aims to inspire people who would like to go into business, learn new skills, or set up an innovative project in their community. Pinkspiration will work to develop businesses and will have professionals and young people working with the businesses every step of the way. A professional consultancy and training arm will work with companies, community groups and charities to develop their organisations through training, support with marketing, PR, funding, and more.
Pinkspiration will work with young people to help them develop new skills and get back into employment, and will be linked with the Peter Jones National Enterprise Academy to encourage local young people to start their own businesses and set up innovative projects. Pinkspiration aims to inspire people, transform communities and leave a lasting legacy.
Zaggora is the business behind Hotpants, the next generation of exercise apparel. Hotpants are embedded with Celu‐Lite™ technology, which increases perspiration, improves circulation, and reduces the appearance of cellulite. Zaggora has sold 340,000 pairs of Hotpants in 103 countries and recently launched three new products, Nude Hotpants, Flares, and Capri Flares, which employ the same technology.
Chi Chi Dee Handmade is a retail and workshop space dedicated to handmade crafts. The business would comprise a studio space which would double as a design space as well as a place for Leanne to teach regular workshops to the public. Participants would learn various textile handicrafts such as knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, and upcycling clothes. There would be a strong emphasis on the 'make do and mend' ethos, encouraging people to creatively recycle for a better and more sustainable future. The space would also foster strong community bonds by offering a safe and inspirational place for people to come together to share ideas, teach, learn, have fun and make new friends.
'Established' is a full web-based software package for anyone selling food or drink in a restaurant, cafe or takeaway environment. 'Established' is a simple, yet highly sophisticated platform which allows anyone from a one-man sandwich seller, to a multi-chain restaurant to manage and run every aspect of their web business online with a set of specially created tools.
'Established' is a point and click system which allows anyone to create a modern and sophisticated looking e-commerce website, with full menu design and printing, customer ordering facilities with payment processing, reservation facilities, marketing tools and social media management.
NearNote is a platform which takes the next layer of mobile networking – geolocation – and applies this to the information and choices people are faced with on a day-to-day basis. NearNote confines data to a radius and area of interest. Users can view data (live and location-based) in their area, including public service announcements, promotions, trends and events. Life just got local.
Every two days the amount of data produced globally equals that created from the dawn of time up until 2003. The challenge is increasingly becoming identifying the tiny subset of this data that is relevant to people at any given time. Therefore, consumers need new ways to categorise organise and filter their information.
Pro Science aims to place undergraduates into local schools for an hour or two a week to assist with science classes. The scheme provides help and support for school students, as well as teachers. It also provides young, enthusiastic, ‘cool’ undergraduates studying science at university level who act as role models, thereby challenging stereotypes, improving awareness of higher education and opening up channels for communication between schools and universities.
The business' main objective is to help the curry industry – which was estimated to have contributed £8.5 billion to the economy in 2008 – survive and compete. The business currently produces low-cost template-based websites for curry houses.
The revenue from the sale of these websites will be used to fund the launch of ratethatcurry.com, which will be an online directory powered by independent customer reviews.more info
Fizz Pop Science aims to be the UK’s leading extracurricular provider of science education for KS1 and KS2 children. The business was built around the concept of inspirational learning in an interactive and hands-on environment and visits schools to provide a free 30-minute exhilarating show to engage the pupils. Following this, children are given the opportunity to participate in an After School Club (ASC) which takes place weekly during one full term. The business also offers in-school field trips, birthday parties, special events and family learning.
Youth Orienteering’s primary role is to offer innovative coaching of the sport of Orienteering to primary schools nationwide. The business sells a six-week coaching programme to schools and provides a highly trained member of the coaching team who uses specifically designed coaching sessions (differing for all age groups and abilities) to teach the participants skills and techniques they would not learn elsewhere.
SpinCycle solutions has developed an attachable device for bicycles which developing countries can use to wash clothes. The business plans to set up a factory to manufacture the product in Africa and distribute it through a range of charities and NGOs to reach communities which do not have access to electricity, giving them an alternative method of washing clothes. The product is also transportable on the back of the bicycle as it is designed to be run as a micro-enterprise laundry service.
The business offers a self storage comparison website which allows people to enter the first part of their postcode and search through local storage sites, comparing them on price and the facilities they offer.
www.storagepricecomparison.com monetises the website through affiliate referral links to some of the listed storage companies, but they also have staff on-hand to respond to booking requests for the storage companies that are not directly monetised with referral links on the site.
Tipgain is an innovative service that helps retailers to easily merchandise their products on social media networks. Tipgain enables in-shop consumers to share a particular promotion from a store or a restaurant with their friends in exchange for an instant reward. The sharing experience involves simply using a smartphone to scan a QR code on a promotional display.
Tipgain is an accurate and powerful marketing solution for stores, since word-of-mouth recommendations always involve understanding and trust between friends and relatives.
co-deal is a web-based business that helps start-ups and small businesses make better purchases on the products and services they need to launch and grow their businesses.
co-deal does this in two ways. Firstly, they find great suppliers that they can confidently recommend, price check them against competitors, mystery shop them, and speak to their current customers so that they are able to recommend them to their small business customers. Secondly, co-deal negotiates with these suppliers so that they offer their users an introductory deal that enables small businesses a low risk way to try out new suppliers.more info
Experience The Arts supports the British economy by providing a sustainable, arts-themed tour for incoming visitors to Great Britain. The business will provide one and two-week tours from May-December for small groups of 2-10 people. They will travel from London to Scotland, staying at independently owned accommodation, visiting up to seven destinations and solely using public transport. The tour will include accompanied visits to art galleries, concerts and the theatre, as well as places that help define the arts and history of Great Britain.
NEOccasion creates premium, novelty and bespoke gift hampers for all occasions. The business offers customisation of hampers in a variety of containers and wrapping designs. NEOccasion uses branded, high-quality items in gift hampers as well as creating corporate packages, wedding packages and favours, and unique party bags.
Very soon there will be more web users connecting via mobile devices than those using PCs. Large corporations have started to use either mobile websites or apps to reach mobile customers, however most small businesses don’t have resources to develop and maintain mobile sites or apps.
GeminiNT plans to provide mobile web solutions to enable small businesses in the UK to connect with their mobile customers. The services will include:
1. The creation of mobile websites with a single click
2. Fixed and mobile website hosting
3. Payment integration within mobile sites
4. Mobile website marketing
beIN.com ‘The Working Playground’ connects people and businesses through their skills, talents and interests. The business goal is to create opportunities for skilled and talented individuals to find others of their type, a place where they can brainstorm, work and help each other on the way to achieve something they are proud of and ideally could live on.
Wondergrads is a niche student career site which specialises in preparing students and graduates for business through engaging editorial, online skill development training, and global skill development opportunities.
Soft skills are Wondergrads’ speciality and with an increasing amount of students graduating from university with great degrees but a lack of commercial application, and with most employers struggling to find soft skill savvy graduate talent, Wondergrads’ sole purpose is to prepare students for business. For students choosing entrepreneurship as their career path, the Wonderpreneurs section of wondergrads.com supports student enterprise by helping student entrepreneurs develop the skills they need to make their big idea the next big thing.more info
Creative Craft Jewellery will offer two unique and exciting concepts. The first concept is the idea of self-design jewellery. Creative Craft Jewellery will provide customers with the opportunity to design, customise and personalise their own jewellery. The second concept is the idea of jewellery craft kits. Creative Craft Jewellery would produce these kits which would provide all the tools and materials needed to make jewellery.
At its core is an online recruitment marketplace which acts as a gateway, connecting businesses to a nationwide network of approved recruitment agencies. These specialist recruitment agencies agree to fill its client’s roles for a fixed fee that the client set. Once engaged on their role, the client can manage their relationship entirely online via Hiring-Hub’s bespoke back-end software, which includes an Applicant Tracking System, Vendor Management Tool and Internal Message Centre.
Fleetfoot Studios is a transmedia start-up. To Fleetfoot, ‘transmedia’ means bringing together film, social media and real world events to create unique interactive stories. The business believes that passionate storytelling and strong characters lead to the development of successful and unforgettable IP.
Central to the business is the production of a web-based film series, which is currently in pre-production. The Fleetfoot Studios team has eight years’ experience creating digital narrative content
Sola Line is a clean technology company that will lead the way to sustainable development in Africa through renewable energy sources and green jobs. The company believes that small solutions make a big difference. Sola Line provides people in poor rural communities with a variety of small clean technology products and reinvests its profits into research and development to innovate market-specific products.
Poikos Ltd is a technology company that is currently developing MeasureCam, a system whereby bodily dimensions may be taken from any webcam, and then applied to a model to create a true to life digital avatar of a person. This technology has many implications for mass customisation (i.e. the personalisation of products at prices comparable to mass production). Poikos has set itself a mission to master a British competence in this field. Poikos intends to allow the market for such services to demonstrate itself by providing a web and Smartphone-enabled tool which can allow a user to measure their bodily dimensions and produce a map of their morphology.
GR Marketing is not your average creative agency. The business is unique because it specialises in a new form of marketing which it calls ‘the best marketing concept in the world.’ The concept goes beyond guerrilla marketing and beyond social media marketing – ‘Best marketing concept in the world’ marketing is the future. So what is it? By giving it this name, the concept is a marketing stunt in itself which attracts a lot of attention. The business is all about pushing boundaries and, in the long-term, making impossible marketing possible.
Ad-it-Board is a unique advertising board that is placed on the back of a bicycle. The board is lightweight and positioned above the back bike wheel, keeping it streamlined with the bike and allowing the cyclist to use and ride the bike as they normally would.
Governing Dynamics develops low-cost, sustainable biotechnologies such as commercial gene therapies, molecular farming tools and ecobioreactor technology as well as procedure automation for such techniques as gene synthesis, sequencing, replication and testing.
RolePoint helps companies find the most talented candidates through their employees' professional networks, resulting in lower cost and better performing hires.
RolePoint is a solution that relies on employee referrals. Employee referrals are the most cost effective way to attract candidates (rewards are typically between £500-£4,000), and it has been proven in numerous studies that they perform better and stay in roles longer. RolePoint is an internal solution that helps companies leverage their employees' social networks and incentivise them to find the best talent. Today there are numerous ways to access your network online. RolePoint’s platform makes it easier to access those networks from one place and combine it with the right incentive scheme to ensure employees spread the message.
Growington is on a mission to map where food is being grown across the world. Growington is a web application enabling local home growers and urban farmers to indicate what types of food they are growing and where it is located. Over time, this will empower communities to share, swap and trade their excess produce through local, self-organised food networks. Growington uses game mechanics by way of badges and leaderboards to encourage socially responsible behaviour and to demonstrate that growing your own food can be a fun, social and competitive activity to be shared with family and friends.
Air Free IV Infusions is a medical product innovation business that has created a new, safer Intravenous Administration Set which includes a redesigned drip chamber. The redesigned drip chamber offers superior patient safety by preventing air entrainments (which can lead to potentially fatal air embolisms) from Rigid Fluid Containers, and by minimising the possibility of potentially dangerous misuse by clinicians.
Roundthree Creative is a university spin-out devoted to developing innovative products, interactive public events and supporting creativity by monetising the projects to mutual gain. The project Roundthree Creative will launch with is the Sleepsafe, a security pillow designed for festivals. The Sleepsafe incorporates a pillowcase and bag with original artwork printed on them. Limited runs of the designs will be produced to promote originality, uniqueness and individuality. The Sleepsafe is about half the size of a standard pillow with a pocket which runs 3/4 of its length through the centre of the wadding. The wadding is light and springy, ensuring articles within the pillow cannot be felt, while also allowing the pillows to be rolled down to a much smaller size.
DiabaFight provids a low-cost medical device which measures the body temperature, skin tone, movement and sweat to predict a hypoglycaemic attack (Diabetes Type 1 complication). It cautions the users about the impending attack and alerts them to take precautionary measures. The device can be worn on the wrist or on the arm and monitors changes in the human body.
Art Pistol is a new kind of art gallery that represents artists who have either been sourced or who have applied for their representation. This cutting edge, online gallery targets mainstream and exclusive art audiences, providing buyers with art for every taste and budget.
The free to use gallery provides all the functionality and security you’d expect from the latest online store, including features like a customisable artist gallery, social media integration, auction and sales tools to target specific buyers and more.
Empire Events Ltd aims to provide a unique, inspiring and creative event management experience that is upheld by strong partnerships and relationships with both clientele and suppliers. Empire Event Management specialises in creative event management and will create and manage events of any size and scale.
The business specialises in Empire Event Management branded events as well as corporate events, public sector events and smaller events on behalf of clients.more info
Greenologic is a forward-thinking product manufacturer, distributor and solution provider in the building automation market. Their products serve both the domestic and commercial sectors, giving the end user both control and visibility of their energy usage so that they can make changes to save energy, reduce carbon emissions and save money.
Whitehouse Care Services are a new home care provider for older people, living in the North East. Staff will go directly into people’s homes and provide them with any level of care they require. They offer all aspect of personal care, including: washing, dressing, toileting and bathing/showering.
Whitehouse Care Services also offer a companionship and befriending service. They will help the customers do things, which they have been unable to do on their own.
Straker Analyst is a social business analyst company that looks at specific finances of a company, analyses them in an attempt to help business owners improve their profitability, liquidity, efficiency, understanding of potential flaws, increase the amount of potential investors and analysing potential risks.
Independent Thought is a versatile young business that produces “recall notes”: note paper specifically designed to aid factual memory through using a unique noting and margin structure in order to make revision easier.
Adventurous Spirits is an adventure travel company based in Aberdeen. Adventurous Spirits will provide professional local guides to allow customers to design and complete their own custom adventure holiday. Holidays could be close to home, such as climbing Ben Nevis or farther away, such as a cycling trip across California. The holidays provided will be based entirely on the customer's personal goals and ambitions and Adventurous Spirits will provide the expertise to facilitate them. The service provided could be as involved as leading an expedition every step of the way to simply providing route maps and relevant information before they go.
ecoTent will provide biodegradable, environmentally friendly tent accommodation to festivals-goers. Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK camp at festivals every year, not to mention the other millions of people worldwide. Festivals are taking a strong stance on wanting to be environmentally friendly, yet thousands of plastic tents and metal pegs are left behind at festivals every year. ecoTent (patent pending) is a biodegradable tent that can be left behind at festivals and not be harmful for the environment.
YatterBox provides users with an unprecedented level of transparency and access to Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom. YatterBox brings together all the social media used by every UK Member of Parliament and feeds it into a single website. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Hansard, RSS feeds and Blogs.
James Giles was one of 4 young entrepreneurs shortlisted for the £1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Pitching Competition which took place at the NACUE National Student Enterprise Conference in Manchester on 26-27 February 2011. His exciting new website, Fastbleep, uses the latest web technologies to promote social mobility within healthcare education and training.
River Tamoor Baig was one of 4 young entrepreneurs shortlisted for the £1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Pitching Competition which took place at the NACUE National Student Enterprise Conference in Manchester on 26-27 February 2011. His new business, S1 Magazine is breathing new life into the publishing world by using 2D/QR barcodes to offer special offers and additional content, plus a platform for up-and-coming student writers, artists and designers in Sheffield.
James Abrahams was one of 4 young entrepreneurs shortlisted for the £1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Pitching Competition which took place at the NACUE National Student Enterprise Conference in Manchester on 26-27 February 2011. James and his partners at The Tribes Online (TTO), have developed an open-source content management system for the church to build their own website, engage with their congregation and support good causes.
Siddharth Kumawat was one of 19 young entrepreneurs who pitched their business idea to the Shell LiveWIRE team at the NACUE National Student Enterprise Conference in Manchester on 26-27 February 2011. His business idea is to create a mobile phone app for foreign students coming to the UK, offering up-to-date information on the local area, plus and things to see and do when they arrive.
Grant Ridley was one of 19 young entrepreneurs who pitched their business idea to the Shell LiveWIRE team at the NACUE National Student Enterprise Conference in Manchester on 26-27 February 2011. Watch this video to see a great example of someone really working the crowd and getting a big reaction for his pitch about his new business, GR Marketing.
Andrew Jervis was one of 19 young entrepreneurs who pitched their business idea to the Shell LiveWIRE team at the NACUE National Student Enterprise Conference in Manchester on 26-27 February 2011. His idea is to develop a car servicing comparison website showing customer reviews and ratings from across the UK.
We Are Green is an environmental consultancy company which will help companies to achieve preset sustainability benchmarks. Once these standards are met, a company will be awarded the WAG mark. To complement this, We Are Green will actively publicise both the standard and those businesses that have been awarded the standard. Companies who employ WAG will experience reduced costs through improved efficiency in all aspects of the business operation.
Pearl Noose Gallery is a not-for-profit nomadic gallery committed to presenting Scottish and international contemporary visual art of the highest quality throughout Scotland and abroad. Through its curated programme of temporary exhibitions, events and public commissions, Pearl Noose Gallery facilitates the production, presentation and interpretation of contemporary visual art from established and emerging artists working across all disciplines.
Shortlisted for a November 2010 Grand Ideas award, Game Layer is a social enterprise concept founded by Adrian Taylor. Its aim is to use new media solutions to increase the independence of those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and support these clientsto take more control of their day-to-day behaviours. Game Layer utilises SevenGame Dynamics to revolutionise the way that the advisor engages with their clients.
Shortlisted for a November 2010 Grand Ideas award, Heretheyare is a specialist and innovative marketing company offering a creative alternative to traditional advertising methods such as newspapers, leaflets, directories etc. They collectively advertise several small, local businesses at once on their eco-friendly bags.
Shortlisted for one of our monthly Grand Ideas Awards, Love Farm brings a younger, fresher image to British farming by offering consumers ‘British food, stripped naked’, under their Love Farm brand. They are curently introducing a new product (following on from the success of their first product, cold pressed rapeseed oil) which will be a unique range of soup that is gluten, dairy, salt and fat free, but which retains an exceptional flavour, with all ingredients sourced from Love Farm or local farms.
Shortlisted for one of our monthly Grand Ideas Awards, Encap is a business that partners with clients who have engaged with a public sector organisation (e.g. the Carbon Trust) to baseline their energy consumption. Encap ensures that clients can identify the correct solution from a commercial point of view, implement the solution more quickly and begin saving sooner.
Shortlisted for one of our monthly Grand Ideas Awards, Bull Tonic is a supplier of two brand new forms of energy product. One of these is an energy tablet that can be dropped into any drink to create a custom energy drink, be it strong or weak, in water or coke. Put simply, it’s like a can of sugar-free Red Bull in tablet form.
Shortlisted for our September 2010 Grand Ideas Awards, Michael Lever and Jack Meredith run Karnival, a business that combines the energy of clubbing with the magic of theatre to create an encounter different to anything that has come before it. Audience members become participants as performers include them in dances, rituals and individual encounters. The result is an immersive clubbing extravaganza that will heighten the senses, open the mind and penetrate the soul.
Shortlisted for our September 2010 Grand Ideas Awards, Alex Robinson runs StressFree Bookkeeping, an online bookkeeping service where clients send in their invoices and receipts and StressFree Bookkeeping does the rest. The idea is to make bookkeeping truly stress-free by bringing methods of bookkeeping and accountancy service into the 21st century through the use of cloud technology and intelligent software.
Shortlisted for our August 2010 Grand Ideas Awards, William Harmer runs Moobia, a new graduate recruitment website offering employers a unique way to source and indentify graduates for highly targeted jobs.
At the heart of Moobia is a distinctive pay-per-CV business model. With Moobia, employers post jobs and view graduate CVs (without contact details) for free. Once the employer decides to download the full CV (with contact details and with the graduate’s permission) then they are charged a fee. To source graduates, Moobia offers the opportunity for university clubs and societies, graduate bloggers and Twitterers to become Moobia affiliates. Affiliates encourage graduates to sign up to the Moobia site. In return, if one of these graduates has their CV downloaded, Moobia pays the affiliate a percentage of the fee they receive.
Shortlisted for our August 2010 Grand Ideas Awards, Alun Davies runs Deeg Consultancy, a technical software development consultancy with a unique working methodology.
Many developers in full-time employment, who are amongst the industries brightest, are keen to continue to use their skills outside office hours to earn additional income. Similarly, there are vast numbers of freelance developers/designers, technical university students and so on that have the required skills and drive but are without the resources required to secure large-scale projects. Deeg Consultancy has an online platform, known as the Cloud, which allows these individuals to offer their services according to their preferences (e.g. working hours, rates, etc.), and be married with suitable projects won and managed by the Deeg Cloud in-house team.
Shortlisted for the July 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards, Scott Pryor runs www.usports.co.uk, a website that aims to be the primary source of information for anyone interested in university sports.
The site will provide match reports from all top games, featured articles written by budding sport journalists and other exciting features such as captain interviews and team profiles.
Shortlisted for the June 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards, Alexander Robinson's business Trendring is a personalised review website, connecting social networking and ecommerce, giving people the confidence to make online shopping decisions based on opinions formed by friends and family.
Shortlisted for the May 2010 and July 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Dorothy Urban runs Brighter Brick, a company that specialises in urban regeneration through the utilisation of disused high street retail space. Brighter Brick reopens unused, derelict commercial properties both in the high street and in malls and replaces the window space with innovative advertising or an interactive window display. This is done in a bid to improve the nation’s consumer spending and breathe life back into depressed high streets.
Shortlisted for the May 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Freyja MacGregor runs FKM Events, an environmentally-friendly wedding and events planning business that works with its clients to organise their big day in a way that minimises their carbon footprint. By encouraging clients to care for the environment, FKM Events hopes to develop their client's eco-friendly profile as well as their own.
Shortlisted for the April 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Lorraine Pang runs Nostalgia Knits, a company that is dedicated to rescuing treasured clothes from the back of the wardrobe and turning them into beautiful, custom-made, personalised quilts and cushions. By a clever process of cutting and sewing, old clothes are given a new twist. It's perfect for clothes that you don't or can't wear in public again and makes great use of special items that may have been accidentally shrunk or stretched in the wash.
Shortlisted for the April 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Stuart Greenwood runs Pixel Monster, a company that creates motion graphics templates that can quickly and easily be amended to include text or images specified by its customers. The animations are then rendered, burned to DVD and then posted out to the customer or supplied digitally.
Shortlisted for the April 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, David Scotford runs Red Monster Records, an independent record label based in Stourbridge. Red Monster Records works with young and up-and-coming bands and solo acts from around the UK, Europe and the United States, building their gig calender, fanbase, organising recording and mastering of their original material, building national and local touring calenders and producing and distributing both physical and digital versions of their original material.
Shortlisted for the March 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Max McClure is an entrepreneur who has developed a new image/light-based product for businesses that is designed to produce a relaxing yet stimulating environment for employees working in offices.
Shortlisted for the March 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Kindred Sole is an online footwear boutique speciailising in up and coming designers as well as established brands. Kindred Sole seeks to enable young, innovative footwear designers to launch their own name/brand under the Kindred Sole label.
Shortlisted for the March 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Maggie Cassidy's is a modern day couture house, workspace, cloth house, tailor and fashion house all in one. Maggie Cassidy's creates unique garments specifically crafted for the individual customer. This is done by conducting a person consultion with each client to determine their own unique identity and lifestyle needs and encouraging them to participate in choosing all the variables from the cut to the cloth.
Shortlisted for the February 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, FYI Finance is a website providing financial services targeted at under 30s and students. FYI Finance aims to encourage people to consider financial planning for their future.
Shortlisted for the February 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, ID Theft Prevention UK plans to offer seminars and conferencesto small business to educate them on how they can prevent themselves from becoming victims of ID theft.
Shortlisted for the February 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Graduate Toolbox aims to become the number one online information repository for UK postgraduate researchers. Graduate Toolbox contains useful resources, details of companies offering appropriate services, online competitions, topical news items and careers information. Their objective is to expose the postgraduate audience, who have traditionally been very hard to reach due to the decentralised nature of research, to company services and specialised job vacancies.
Shortlisted for the February 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, LROPS Flight Simulation provides training solutions to virtual and real-world pilots of all skill levels. LROPS offers e-books and other online materials to help people get the most out of virtual flying, which is used by the majority of their clientele to aid their professional training routes to being commercial pilots. Keen enthusiasts also use the products for their own entertainment on virtual platforms such as Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Shortlisted for the December 2009 - January 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, www.localhunter.co.uk provides a cost-effective way for start-ups and SME's to attract more customers, increase enquires and maximise potential sales opportunities by providing these enterprises with technology for them to list their latest offers, deals and vouchers to potential customers closet to their business postcode.
Shortlisted for the December 2009 - January 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Internocracy is an internship organisation that aims to change the culture of internships across sectors in the UK. They work with organisations to set up or improve their internship programme, as well as offer free guides to help interns understand their rights.
Shortlisted for the December 2009 - January 2010 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Interface3 designs and delivers engaging customer experiences through innovative multitouch and gestural-based software for the finance and retail sectors. Their expertise lies in interface design of multitouch software; which requires a significantly different set of steps from single-touch interfaces (e.g. touch-screen kiosks) and keyboard and mouse design paradigms.
Shortlisted for the November 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Bad Pony Media Ltd is a new digital media production company based in Glasgow specialising in its own creative content for broadcast television and online, including series drama, short film, feature, factual entertainment and more. They also provide bespoke video services to clients across Scotland and the UK, and are due to launch their own broadcast platform Bad Pony TV in 2010.
Shortlisted for the October 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Strong Point Theatre is a company of musical theatre performers composed of recent graduates from Guildford School of Acting. They promote new, fresh and vibrant talent and value creativity, quality and skill over commercial success and celebrity endorsement. Their aim is to work with and develop material that is either undiscovered, or has not yet earned its deserved recognition in the UK. With an ardent commitment to exciting theatre, their work is a statement against the tired revivals and hackneyed jukebox musicals currently dominating the market.
Shortlisted for the October 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Harrington's of Bawtry is a traditional barbers offering therapeutic treatments and personal fitness. They specialise in traditional techniques such as cut-throat shaves, massage and facials. They use only the highest quality products and pride themselves on their customer care skills and experienced members of staff. Harrington's is unique not only because of the high level of customer service but also because their services are designed for men, offering them an opportunity to look after their personal appearance and personal wellbeing.
Shortlisted for the September 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Ayetours Ltd provides audio and visual guides to Scottish cities and specific tourist attractions. These take the form of downloads and preloaded Mp3 players as well as movement activated fixed points. The guides do not just inform the customer of the history and current uses of the tourist attraction, but, rather, give additional information on the best places to eat, see live music, etc. All of the guides are conducted in an informal and fun way, bringing new meaning to the term 'infotainment'.
Shortlisted for the September 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, The Gin Palace is a Glasgow-based company that endeavours to create a nurturing, encouraging and creative platform for design talent in Scotland. The Gin Palace's ultimate aim is to create a single, permanent space consisting of a gallery, shop and cafe bar, along with designer’s studios.
Shortlisted for the September 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Fluxedo Ltd makes men’s dress shirts that are seemingly normal when seen from the front, but on the back of these shirts are stylish designs and patterns. Custom designs for shirts and bowties are available, but Fluxedo also has a range of premade designs that will suit any fun-loving character and impress a wide variety of people. The Fluxedo brand stands for originality and unconformity: be bold, be recognised.
Shortlisted for the August 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Muddy Wellies is the brand name for a range of student-developed products including; Muddy Wellies Ale, Christmas hampers, jams and chutney.
Most of the items are simple products with added value through creative branding and target marketing. The brand emerged from a student-run club whose aim is to encourage and support the development of new ideas and enterprises.
Shortlisted for the August Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Mutant Labs aims to create fun, interactive and innovative video games on a variety of platforms including flash and iPhone, with aspirations of eventually tackling the console market. The company also provides website design, animation, programming and illustration services in order to help fund their true gaming passion.
As one of our runners up in the Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards for July 2009, Jenny Brough (Festival Getaways) aims to make festivals more appealing and less daunting to those who have never been to a festival before, those who have no one to go with and do not wish to go alone and those who are seeking new friendships and experiences with like minded people.
The company’s ethos is about bringing people together to share in their common interests.
One of our runners up in the Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards for July 2009, William Goodwin of Cambilla Clothing provides quality, responsibly-sourced or UK-produced clothing for students at prices they can afford. They provide good quality t-shirts, polo shirts, hooded tops and rugby shirts with either catchy graphics or simple, plain branding.
As runner up in our Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards for June 2009, Nikki Hesford (Miss Fit UK) designs, prototypes, manufactures, wholesales and retails blouses and dresses for big busted ladies aged 21-35.
After a successful start to the business in 2009, Miss Fit UK now needs column inches and magazine advertising to raise its profile so Nikki has devised a marketing strategy which, if successful will attract celebrity endorsement and press coverage worth many thousands of pounds.
As runner up in our Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards for June 2009, Michael Rainsford's StuRents.com website offers a platform for landlords and letting agents to advertise their properties to the student population who use their simple search function to browse through hundreds of properties.
StuRents.com services are completely free to all students, landlords and letting agents providing a crucial service to the student property community, and the aims is to reach ten university networks by September 2009.
As runner up in our Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards for June 2009, Darren Wilson's Kabloom is a small product design and manufacturing business based in Glasgow whose first product - 'SEEDBOM' is a genuinely original product for today’s eco-conscious and forward thinking consumers, a tool for eco-warriors and guerrilla gardeners to be officially launched onto the market in the summer of 2009.
Shortlisted for the May Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Street Soccer Scotland is an organisation created by David Duke which aims to use sport to prevent social exclusion and improve the lives of socially disadvantaged groups.
The goal of Street Soccer Scotland is to enhance the life of the individual programme participants as well as the wider community by providing a fundamental source of purpose, motivation and pride for participants and produce a positive impact in the community through sport, coaching and mentoring.
Shortlisted for the May Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Cleo Barbour is a shoe designer that has recently launched her own collection of women's shoes. All styles have a hidden spongy insole to aid comfort and unique adornments that decorate the front of the shoes.
Meant to appeal to shoe lovers between the ages of 21 and 50, the colourful collection is fashion-forward and fresh, offering the originality of a higher-end brand at a more accessible price point.
Shortlisted for the April Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards, RE:thinkthings is a product design and creative education consultancy owned by Ilsa Parry - a designer and lecturer of design who was the winning contestant on BBC reality documentary TV show Design for Life with Philippe Starck.
Ilsa’s first industrial product Flo is an innovative new product that has been designed to allow anybody with a lower limb weakness to stand and walk with ease, dignity and pride.
Shortlisted for the April Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Kelly Morshead (CollegeBox UK LLP) sells readymade starter packs for students going to university for the first time to help them settle in to life away from home and make the transition as simple, worry-free and cost-effective as possible.
Her USP is that the packs are full of quality brand names but at cheaper than high street and direct competitions prices. We have 4 main products for different areas of student life, from studying to cooking.
Shortlisted for the April Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Marlon Carthy created his own clothing brand - Jac of All Trades Clothing using graphic art work and printing the images onto garments including smart casual clothing, hoodies, cardigans, t-shirts and plunge neck dresses.
Shortlisted for the April Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Charlie Ledger (Seduced By Circus) aims to research and develop the first accredited hula hoop instructor qualification which will be recognised in the fitness industry, alongside her burgeoning business that hand-manufactures a wide variety of professional dance and fitness hula hoops in a range of vibrant colours and sizes suitable for adults and children.
Sabirul Islam (The World At Your Feet) was shortlisted for the March 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, and used this elevator pitch video to talk about his new board game that aims to give young people the entrepreneurial mindset of a successful business person in their own home.
Michael Warr (TraidAid Supplies) was shortlisted for the March 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, and used this elevator pitch video to talk about his unique storage facility for the construction industry in which products are housed on site, and customers are only billed for their usage each month, leading to reduced cost and wastage.
Laura Williams (Voices of the People) was shortlisted for the March 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, and used this elevator pitch video to talk about her new vox pop agency providing bespoke footage of consumers for insight purposes to be used as a platform for targeted and successful marketing/pr activity.
Ian Cathro (BOX Soccer Training) was shortlisted for the February 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, and used this elevator pitch video to talk about his soccer coaching and training support package, with customised online affiliate programme and viral video marketing campaign.
Laura Burgess (Ecoescape) was shortlisted for the February 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, and used this elevator pitch video to talk about her ‘Future Postcards’ project will provide an online portal where people can upload digital and mobile postcards of their travels as part of an eco-tourism promotional campaign.
Shortlisted for the January 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Priya Lakhani (Masala Masala) has developed a range of authentic, chilled Indian cooking sauces, and used this elevator pitch to ask for funding to pay for the launch of an in-store demonstration campaign within Waitrose.
Shortlisted for the January 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, Russell Layton (Eco-Domes) has developed an eco-friendly greenhouse made from renewable timber, and used this elevator pitch to ask for funding to pay for a prototype.