7 Top UK Start-ups of 2017

  1. Bulb

A 100 per cent renewable energy supplier that claims to be 20 per cent cheaper than ‘the Big Six’, Bulb serves around 30,000 customers with an annual growth rate of 400 per cent.

“We want to have democratised renewable energy, be helping people reduce their usage by enabling new technologies like electric cars and domestic solar,” Hayden Wood and Amit Gudka, Bulb’s founders, told startups.co.uk.

6.HouseKeep

Founded by Avin Rahberu, a former venture capitalist with investments in over 40 high-growth companies, Housekeep allows you to order a cleaner to your London home with the tap of a button.

It currently has 20,000 customer accounts with 1,000 recurring subscription contracts and is preparing to expand its business across the UK.

  1. Simba Sleep

Launched just over a year ago by James Cox and Steve Reid, SIMBA Sleep has entered an increasingly competitive market claiming to offer “the most advanced mattress in the world”.

Its technology combines a layer of foam and springs, which SIMBA says moulds itself around their sleepers.

Backed by £17.5m in funding, the company will attempt to triple its output over the coming year and expand across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

4.Tails.com

Launched by a team of dog lovers in 2014, tails.com is a tailor-made dog food subscription service with a modest mission: “to change the world of pet food for good”.

Its moral crusade operates by providing individualised dog food to hungry canines across the UK based on their weight, age, gender and breed, to calculate particular dietary requirements.

Tails.com has 65,000 regular customers and has set itself a goal of making £20m turnover by the end of the year.

  1. Perkbox

Perkbox aims to do away with David Brent world of the dull and dreary small business with its mission to increase workplace happiness and motivation through the provision of perks.

The service offers rewards such as free mobile phone insurance and cinema discounts to help companies improve their team’s productivity, with major customers including British Gas and Holland & Barrett.

In October last year, Perkbox was among a number of startups to secure backing from Sir Andy Murray.

  1. Flight Club

Ally Pally it is not, but a Shoreditch venue with a capacity of 390 is home to a startup that is revolutionising the image of darts.

Founded by Steve Moore and Paul Barham in 2014, Flight Club aims to bring the sport into the 21st century through electronic scoreboards, fast-moving multiplayer games, 100+ tournaments and one-on-one showdowns, while retaining the one essential ingredient of darts pubbing roots: beer.

“We know people get bored easily, so we are in a state of almost constant product development. We are conscious of not getting complacent of the success we have had so far,” the founders told startups.co.uk, who are looking to take the business to its second location on Oxford Street imminently.

By design or coincidence, Flight Club has a team of 180 staff.

1.Eve Sleep

The first direct to consumer mattress company in the UK, eve Sleep has emerged triumphant from ‘the battle of the beds’, having announced its IPO earlier this month while boasting 355 per cent revenue growth – £2.6m to £12m – since 2016.

Aided by investment of £17m, eve Sleep is trading in 10 countries and is now aiming to expand its product range beyond mattresses to other bedroom wares.

“We’ve had people who’ve not seen the potential of the brand and how far it can take us,” Jas Bagniewski, the co-founder told startups.co.uk. “We’ve come across plenty of non-believers when we’ve said we’ll make the mattress industry cool. But that hasn’t fazed us, it’s just meant we’ve had to work harder when pitching the idea.”

At least he can be assured of a good night’s sleep after a hard day’s graft.

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