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The Business Owner: Sam Jarvis, HubBox

The Business Owner: Sam Jarvis, HubBox

Name: Sam Jarvis Company: HubBox Founders: Sam Jarvis (CEO), Greg Beszant (COO) and Jon Pawley (CTO) Location: South London Proposition: Click & Collect integrated solution for retailers Size: Under 20 employees Website: www.hub-box.com How is your business different from what’s already out there? HubBox is an award-winning tech solution that allows for painless integration with any online retailer, with no change to the courier(s) or fulfilment systems. Most other ‘click and collect’ companies require one courier to be used, or have protracted, expensive integration. How did you finance your business? We funded the initial prototype ourselves to get as much proof of concept as possible. Based on the results we generated we were able to close an Angel round of funding in August 2015. W... »

The Business Owner: Doron Cohen, Covercy

The Business Owner: Doron Cohen, Covercy

Name: Doron Cohen Company : Covercy Founders: Doron Cohen, Boaz Zaionce and Gonen Tiberg Location: London and Israel Proposition: Covercy is here to provide certainty to the UK’s small businesses by offering cross-border payment transactions which are 80% cheaper than traditional banks. Unlike other competitors, it offers guaranteed rates, in real time to businesses, meaning they know exactly how much a transaction will cost, at first glance. Size: 10-20 employees Website: www.covercy.com Describe your business model: Covercy offers quoted, guaranteed rates which through its own, unique algorithm, meaning businesses know exactly how much their overseas transactions cost before committing to use the service. If businesses instead go with a traditional bank for such a payment, firms won’t kn... »

The Business Owner: Miles Waghorn, TechSilver

The Business Owner: Miles Waghorn, TechSilver

Name: Miles Waghorn Company: TechSilver Location: Nottingham Proposition: Improving later lifestyle through technology. Size: Small Website: TechSilver.co.uk How is your business different from what’s already out there? Not only do we provide a unique range of technology specifically designed to make life easier, safer and more enjoyable for senior citizens, not found anywhere else, but our levels of impartial expert customer service are very difficult to get hold of in modern retail, especially in ecommerce. We also have a website that’s been designed from the ground up to be easy to use for older people, especially with sensory impairment. How did you finance your business? I received a grant from the EDF (Europen Development Fund) through the ‘Enterprise Inc.’ programm... »

The Business Owner: Lee Murphy, Pandle

The Business Owner: Lee Murphy, Pandle

Name: Lee Murphy Company: Pandle Location: Upton, Wirral Proposition: Pandle is free, cloud based accounting software made with real people in mind- focussing on sole traders and small businesses. Size: 25 employees and over 3,000 clients Website: www.pandle.co.uk Describe your business model: Our model is a favourable one to small businesses. We have a freemium model which means that start-ups can use our software free of charge and then opt to pay a small fee later for more advanced functionality. Our model for professional partners such as bookkeepers and accountants is very unique. We do offer a standard partner account which offers a significant discount for them along with a white label solution. This solution is not like others on the market (usually a logo change and a few other mi... »

The Business Owner: Douglas Lloyd, Azoomee

The Business Owner: Douglas Lloyd, Azoomee

Name: Douglas Lloyd Company: Azoomee Founders: Douglas and Estelle Lloyd Location: Old Street, London Proposition: Azoomee is a new platform for kids that allows them to safely explore and do everything they love online. Size: 20 Website: azoomee.com How is your business different from what’s already out there? There is no other kids’ product out there that integrates videos, games, audiobooks, tutorials, art tools and messaging into one safe app that works on any iOS or Android mobile device. Some of the tutorials include arts and craft series that Azoomee has produced itself because we believe that developing kids’ creativity is important. We have also produced our own animated series about internet safety called Search It Up, which explains the do’s and don’ts of being... »

The Business Owner: Rhea Silva, Chototel

The Business Owner: Rhea Silva, Chototel

Founder: Rhea Silva Company: Chototel Location: London Proposition: Delivering high-tech, budget hotel-style accommodation globally for individuals and families priced out of the private rental sector Size: 50 Website: www.chototel.co.uk Describe your business model: Chototel hotels will have two sources of income: the rent – which, in India for example, starts at US $2 a night and can surge to a maximum of $5 – and income generated from utilities, such as the solar panels and water plants, and services, such as the crèche and community kitchen. The income generated from the rent will be directly cascaded to investors, while the income generated from the utilities and services will be reserved to pay for the hotel’s maintenance, contingency and employees’ wages. How is your business differ... »

The Business Owner: Tricia Cusden, Look Fabulous Forever

The Business Owner: Tricia Cusden, Look Fabulous Forever

Name: Tricia Cusden Company: Look Fabulous Forever Location: London Proposition: A pro-age make-up brand that celebrates the beauty of older women Size: 5 Website: www.lookfabulousforever.com How is your business different from what’s already out there? In a society where the ‘ideals’ of beauty are almost exclusively represented through images of younger women and ‘anti-ageing’ products, Look Fabulous Forever provides beauty products specially formulated for mature skin with the aim of making women look and feel fabulous! At the age of 65, I grew frustrated with the lack of beauty products available for older women, so I set out to create a range which catered for a vast, but under-represented, age group. I was inspired to create a makeup range which provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for older wo... »

The Business Owner: Leanna Barrett, Little Forest Folk

The Business Owner: Leanna Barrett, Little Forest Folk

Name: Lenna Barrett Company: Little Forest Folk Founders: Leanna and James Barrett Location: Wimbledon, Chiswick, Wandsworth Proposition: Full-time childcare for two to five year olds in an outdoor nursery setting in various locations in South West London Size:  27 employees Website: www.littleforestfolk.com How is your business different from what’s already out there? Unlike normal nurseries that are indoors, Little Forest Folk is fully outdoors in a forest setting. Children are free to explore, learn and play surrounded by the wonders of nature. Our nursery is open 51 weeks of the year and the children continue playing outdoors in all weather conditions, even if it’s raining! We believe having an all-weather policy helps children to build strength of character and resilience. How did you... »

The Business Owner: Mark Salter, for aisha

The Business Owner: Mark Salter, for aisha

Founder: Mark Salter Company: for aisha Location: East Anglia Proposition: Halal Baby Food Size: 1 sole owner and four support contractors (marketing, international sales, social media and licensing) Website: www.foraisha.com How is your business different from what’s already out there? for aisha is Europe’s leading halal baby food brand. We make exciting exotic recipes that contain a wide variety of all natural ingredients, that expand the taste palates of infants and therefore are extremely beneficial for families during the weaning process.  How did you finance your business? I sold my house and my car to put towards the original design works and R&D. It took my net worth to zero and I peddled my old bike to the train station for all of my meetings. I bought a basket to carry ... »

The Business Owner: Joe Kay, Enswarm

The Business Owner: Joe Kay, Enswarm

Founder: Joe Kay Company: Enswarm Location: Reading & London Proposition: Enswarm’s “Team Enhancing Technology” allows any group of people to perform like a high performing team to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. Size: 2 Full time, 5 part time or contractors Website: www.enswarm.com How is your business different from what’s already out there? The only way currently for people to improve their teamwork is to undergo training, which takes them away from their day-to-day work. Enswarm provides technology that helps people to work together effectively, while they are engaging in useful work. How did you finance your business? Currently mainly self-funded from savings earned as a soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also some friends and family funding and still do co... »

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