Inside the Start-Up Revolution
The UK is currently nursing a growling appetite for start-ups, with the latest statistics from Companies House confirming that in 2014 official company registrations hit a record high. StartUp Britain backed these figures, revealing that Greater London leads the way when it comes to new SME enterprises. All up an impressive 184,671 new businesses were registered within the region, however that’s not to say that the rest of the UK is lagging behind. Birmingham welcomed 18,337, Manchester threw open the doors of 13,054 and that’s just a taste of the total figure of 581,173 that debuted across the nation.
According to Luke Johnson, serial entrepreneur, investor and chairman of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, “Starting a business is easier, quicker and cheaper than ever thanks to new technology. Entrepreneurs have higher profiles than in the past and are seen as role models. Traditional jobs for life have largely disappeared, as have occupational pensions.” Here here Mr Johnson.
We love a good start-up story and are seriously proud to be a part of the UK’s small business revolution. To celebrate what’s shaping up to be a killer end to 2015 we’ve put together a list of this year’s hottest start-up companies that we just can’t get enough of!
Of course, a list of this year’s hottest start-ups simply wouldn’t be complete without a nod to ourselves. Ain’t no need for modesty around these parts folks! Bed linen for men is a niche market that’s remained more or less untapped… up until now. With an increasing number of style savvy males shopping up a storm online we offer a one stop shop for turning bedrooms into bachelor pads, boudoirs and more.
London is one hungry city and Deliveroo is keeping away the pangs with its innovative food delivery service meets logistics platform. It created such a buzz in its first few months online that it’s now available in 10 UK cities, as well as Dublin, Paris and Berlin. Not to mention the £16 million worth of investments it raised back in January. Who knew takeaway could be so lucrative?
A video game platform that’s based on high-frequency trading systems? Yes please! This killer idea was co-founded by Cambridge graduates Herman Narula and Rob Whitehead back in 2012, and recently secured US$20 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz. When the reality of vast online games engaging thousands of players in persistent online worlds goes live, you can bet that we’ll be signing up!
We can’t get enough on AirB&B so when the social sharing concept was extended to parking spaces, we were all over it! Using a smartphone app users can secure cut price parking on-the-go. Plus, with £3.7 million worth of Crowdcube funding in the bank and a brand spanking new partnership with BMW in the works that will see MINI and Rolls Royce vehicles integrated with dashboard apps, it’s bound to take off!