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The Business Owner: James Hutchins, James Chocolates/ Chocolate Treat Club/ Cocoa Republic

The Business Owner: James Hutchins, James Chocolates/ Chocolate Treat Club/ Cocoa Republic

Founder: James Hutchins Location: Somerset Proposition: Creative chocolate experts Size: Under 20 employees Website: www.jameschocolates.co.uk / www.chocolatetreatclub.co.uk/ www.cocoarepublic.co.uk How is your business different from what’s already out there? We are recognised as leaders in our field in terms of chocolate creativity and innovation. This carries though all arms of the business, from our core range of James Chocolates branded products with their unique blend of fun and great taste, through to our new brands; Chocolate Treat Club – the UK’s first tailored chocolate subscription service which is set to shake up the chocolate delivery market, and our latest venture, Cocoa Republic – bringing innovation to the chocolate bar market by putting consumers at the helm of... »

The Business Owner: Peter Tuvey, Fleximize

The Business Owner: Peter Tuvey, Fleximize

Name: Peter Tuvey Company: Fleximize Location: Ipswich Proposition: An alternative business lender, offering flexible business loans to British small businesses Size:  40+ employees Website: fleximize.com Describe your business model: Fleximize is a direct business lender that combines innovative tech with traditional underwriting methods. We like to describe ourselves as ‘tech-focused, but relationship-driven’, demonstrating our commitment to customer service. We don’t apply the strict criteria of banks, meaning we will lend to companies that other lenders, including direct competitors, wouldn’t. How is your business different from what’s already out there? We listen to our customers to develop products that they’re asking for, and which aren’t already on the shelves. We also offer repaym... »

The Business Owner: Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz, Mush

The Business Owner: Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz, Mush

Founders: Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz Company: Mush Location: London Proposition: We all know that being a mum is many, many things. It’s amazing. It’s hilarious. It’s hard work. And sometimes, it’s downright lonely. But there are tonnes of mums around you right now who are in the same boat. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easier way to meet them? Size: 2-25 Website: www.letsmush.com How is your business different from what’s already out there? We founded Mush from personal experience. Loneliness and isolation is one of the least-discussed aspects of early motherhood, even though four in five women with newborn babies admit to feeling alone. Before Mush there wasn’t any real way to find other mums in your area. Mumsnet is great, but it’s not the same as the human companio... »

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... »

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