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National Sponsors

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Starling Bank

Starling Bank is an award-winning, fully-licensed and regulated bank built to give people a fairer, smarter and more human alternative to the banks of the past. It offers personal, business, joint, euro and dollar current accounts alongside a children’s card. Starling also provides a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) proposition through its subsidiary Engine, using the proprietary technology platform that it uses to power its own bank.

The Starling Marketplace offers customers in-app access to a selection of third party financial services. Headquartered in London, the bank has offices in Southampton and Cardiff.

BT Skills for Tomorrow

BT Skills for Tomorrow

At BT our purpose is ‘we connect for good’. With our newly launched BT Manifesto, we’re accelerating initiatives across our whole organisation to drive our growth by using technology that is responsible, inclusive and sustainable. We have already helped 10 million people across the UK develop digital skills - kids, parents, older and vulnerable people, job seekers, and small businesses - and it’s inspired us to push harder. We are now committed to help 25 million people improve their digital skills by 2026. Through our BT Skills for Tomorrow programme we can help you unlock the potential of your business by boosting your business online. Small business owners and their employees can take advantage of free, expert-led webinars, 1-to-1 mentoring and online courses from us and our partners. Whether you are just starting out or ready to scale up, our support covers a wide range of topics including digital marketing, productivity, social media and cyber security.

 

ScoreApp

ScoreApp

Generate higher quality, higher converting leads with our scorecard marketing platform: ScoreApp. The platform enables you to transform your top funnel by building engaging scorecards. 

By creating a Scorecard that speaks to the heart of you ideal customers challenges and goals your business is able to demonstrate value while building trust and credibility with your audience. 

 The technology allows your business to collect and understand rich data about new and existing customers and use it for powerful, personalised messaging and marketing. Because of this ScoreApp is delivering an approach to marketing that is highly personalised and automated.

Creative Ideaz

Creative Ideaz

With roots as a digital agency, Creative Ideaz Group has been established for over 15 years, dedicating itself to helping businesses achieve online success.
As its dynamic team of experts continues to scale, it has recently added a start-up venture studio to its portfolio, teaming up with industry experts to develop ground-breaking digitally enabled products and services.
Driven by a passion for start-up businesses and ensuring they blossom into fruitful and thriving companies, Creative Ideaz utilises a combination of unmatched strategies and exceptional creativity in their processes. Consistently evolving and refining its methods, the group counts over 150 businesses among its clientele, maintaining its impressive and proven recipe for success.

Jeeves

Jeeves

We offer a 30-day line of credit that you and your team can spend on our physical and virtual Visa corporate cards. You can use Jeeves for all company expenses, in any currency. This includes payments towards digital marketing, cloud hosting, office rent and SaaS tools, as well as employee travel and expenses. We don’t charge any interest or fees and you’ll earn up to 2% cashback on your spending. Our investors include Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, CRV and Tencent.

Check out our website tryjeeves.com/

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Mountside Ventures

Mountside Ventures is an award-winning regulated advisory firm, specialised in early-stage fundraising and exits, on a mission to optimise the fundraising process for founders and funds.

They partner with the most ambitious entrepreneurs raising their Next Round of funding, minimising the disruption to their business. They do this by helping them get investor-ready, introducing them to relevant investors and supporting them in closing their round with terms that are right for them.

Find out more about Mountside Ventures at https://www.mountsideventures.com/

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Tiny Rebel

We’re on a mission to bring you good times with a hint of beer. We do this by creating beers that will capture your imagination and defy your senses with big bold and fruity flavours. When we’re not making awesome beer, we’re busy brewing up plans to better our people, community and planet.

We are Tiny Rebel, an award-winning brewery from Newport, South Wales. We are the youngest and only Welsh brewery to win Champion beer of Britain. We are the only brewery to have won gold, silver and bronze in the Champion Beer of Wales competition (in our first year!) and the only brewery to defend a gold the following year. SIBA Brewery Business of the Year and International Beer Challenge UK Brewer of the Year 2016. But really, we’re just fans of super tasty beer.

 

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OVHcloud

OVHcloud is a leading European cloud hyperscaler and has been a cloud and infrastructure provider for over 20 years, with 1.6 million customers worldwide served by 33 global water-cooled data centres.

The Startup Program provides tech startups with €10,000 of cloud hosting credits and up to €100,000 for scale-ups, enabling them to facilitate exponential and international growth. Key to this growth is a product offering that is built on open standards providing interoperability and technology freedom. We have designed the Startup Program with a personal approach which means when you need to find answers to technology problems quickly, we will personally direct you to the help you need.

The OVHcloud Startup Program is a global programme that has been running since 2015 and has received 7000 applications of which more than 2500 have been assisted with cloud credits and solution architecture support.

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The Purposeful Project

The Purposeful Project want to help 10,000,000 people start and grow a business and build a community that solves unemployment. TPP is a growing collective of industry experts who are changing the world of business by creating content and communities to help you build your own successful business.

Investor Partner

Blackfinch Ventures

Blackfinch Ventures

Blackfinch Ventures invests in innovation. It targets high-growth opportunities, supporting start-ups and early-stage businesses with technological potential. The focus is on disruptive businesses, offering products that address real world needs, with the capability to make an impact in global markets. Blackfinch Ventures is part of Blackfinch Group, an award-winning investment specialist and trusted provider. Employing more than 140 full-time members of staff, it has a heritage dating back over 25 years. The group provides tax-efficient investment solutions, managed portfolio services, early-stage investing, property financing and energy infrastructure investing. It is entrusted with over £650 million in assets under management.

 

 

National Recruitment Partner

Join Talent

Join Talent

Join Talent Solutions is EMEA’s leading partner for embedded recruitment solutions & TA strategic consultancy.

Beginning in late 2018 and jointly led by Co-Founders Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill & Kevin Blair, Join Talent has grown to become a leading international boutique RPO & Talent Acquisition Management Consultancy business, serving clients across 26 countries. The company now has more than 250 employees across 23 countries, and supports clients across a hugely diverse range of industries from scale-ups to Fortune 500 firms.

In addition to winning a number of in-sector awards for excellence in Talent Acquisition capability, Katrina was recently recognised as the UK’s most disruptive business leader of 2022, and one of the Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders of the year.

Katrina and Kevin have also been shortlisted for this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Scale-Up category (outcome to be announced Nov 2022).  

In 2021 CEO and Co-Founder, Katrina, was crowned Scotland and Northern Ireland’s start-up entrepreneur of the year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, with the judges commenting that she “has enabled fast growth in a short period of time, with a good entrepreneurial story behind her.”

 

 

London & East of England Sponsors

Purbeck

Purbeck Insurance

Purbeck Insurance currently offers the UK’s only Personal Guarantee Insurance, supporting SME Directors who have found themselves faced with signing a Personal Guarantee in support of a business loan or financial agreement.

Our Personal Guarantee Insurance Policies are backed by a global A-Rated insurer, lifting the weight of responsibility a Personal Guarantee can bring and providing peace of mind for you - as a business owner or director - and your family.

Covering up to 80% of your risk, the Policy ensures that you’re personally protected as you plan the future funding and growth of your business, and provides unlimited access to a proactive Business Support Service to provide you with the tools needed to tackle any trading difficulties head on.

Don’t let a Personal Guarantee limit your choices – let Purbeck look after your personal assets while you focus on driving the growth of your business.

Sponsoring Young Entrepreneur of the year

Rebel Lion

Rebel Lion Advertising

Rebel Lion Advertising is a full-service, new-era advertising agency designed to do things differently.

Founded by successful Dragons Den contestant and multi-award-winning entrepreneur Matt Jones in 2022, Rebel Lion Advertising is a team of communications experts ready to pack the biggest punch, make the most significant impact and deliver the most meaningful results.

Rebel Lion Advertising is designed to do things differently. We’ll do everything we can to avoid taking the well-trodden path, or regurgitating the same old, same old. We find new, agile ways of working that are fit for purpose, and that deliver quicker and longer-lasting results for our clients.

We are Rebel Lion.This is a Rebellion.

Sponsoring Food & Drink StartUp of the Year

Plenaire

Plenaire

Plenaire is from the French expression for “in the open air”, having the qualities of natural air and light. Holistically it is derived from the 1840 painting technique “en plein air”; emphasizing direct observation of nature, over a narrative and stylized depiction.

Plenaire is a community-based beauty brand for young women and men that demand a more modern, curated approach to skincare. Plenaire’s mission is to help people everywhere take pleasure in their skincare again with its range of sustainablydesigned skincare.

Plenaire believe that safety,great design and pleasure can coexist in harmonywith sustainability. Plenaire’s team have achieved this by making more sustainable choices where possible without compromising product design and experience. Plenaire’s packaging is fully recyclable, using PP plastics and glass, cartons are biodegradable. All of their coatings are water-based and the inks are vegetable based.Plenaire products are vegan,and crueltyfree.

Plenaire have decided to work with Climate Partner to ensure their products are carbon neutral, too by measuring their carbon footprint and offsetting unabated emissions by supporting a project aligned with their business. Given that water is a core component in healthy skincare, Plenaire’s choice of offset project reflects this beautifully by ensuring communities in Odisha, India, have access to clean drinking water, saving them the need to burn fossil fuels to boil their water supply readyfor consumption.

Plenaire has begun its journey to become a B Corporation and is expected to achieve BCorp status by2023.

 

Situu

Situu

What do Airbnb., Uber and Deliveroo all have in common? Choice, speed, transparency and a hassle-free experience. Why shouldn’t it be the same when it comes to finding a workplace.

We focus on the people behind the business, understanding drivers, ambitions and concerns in order to provide a personable and bespoke approach to finding the right workplace for you.

The workplace is changing and we are at the forefront of helping businesses like yours.

Our name means to be in the correct place, ‘In Situ’, to look around and realise you’re exactly where you need to be. When people feel comfortable in the space around them, their creativity, their productivity and their well-being increases.

That feeling of being at home in the workplace is where ‘Situu’ was born.

 

Fladgate

Fladgate

Fladgate is a nimble 85 partner law firm known for its ability to work on fast moving, complex challenges requiring enterprising and commercial solutions.

We’re a law firm that has always built deep relationships with clients, creating true partnerships. Offering any number of experts while keeping things brilliantly one to one. Valuing intellectual rigour, agility and proactivity.

We call this approach an ‘unlimited partnership’, because deep relationships generate exponentially better teamwork and results.

Sponsoring Young Entrepreneur of the year

Accountancy Cloud

Accountancy Cloud

Accountancy Cloud offers online accounting and CFO services for high growth startups. They have one vision: to be startups’ #1 finance partner.

With a focus on tech, food and ecommerce industries, the team has had the pleasure of supporting some of the most incredible startup ventures in the UK, including Feel Vitamins, Crêpe Affaire, OLIO, Baby MORI, White Rabbit Pizza Co., Remy Sleep, & many, many more.

Sponsoring Online Retail StartUp of the Year

JD&Co

JD&Co

JD&Co, one of the most trusted executive search and people advisory firms in Europe for startups and scaleups. Through their unparalleled reputation JD&Co help businesses attract and develop world-class leadership talent, partnering with founders and funders to build diverse and inclusive leadership teams and boards capable of fuelling business growth.

GS1 UK

GS1 UK

GS1 UK is the only authorised provider of unique GTINs, the number that powers the barcode and so much more. Our GTINs provide the foundation for trading between brands and retailers across the world, be that in store, online or through a marketplace such as Amazon, Google Shopping or TikTok. They are as important to the start of your business as a website domain or bank account. In fact, adding a GTIN to your online listing can increase your impressions by 40% and conversions by 20%.

GS1 standards help you collect and share your product information, enabling your business to trade efficiently now and in the future.

We are here to make it easy for you sell your products to any customer, anywhere. All of our barcodes are licensed annually and to get yours, you need to become a GS1 UK member.

ConXhub

ConXhub

Riptec Ltd is the company behind ConXhub. It is the UK’s premier telco challenger, a dynamic provider of industry leading innovation, products and services to those who demand more. For the last 35 years, it has developed bespoke CRM, business & communication systems for small and large corporations alike including; Embassies, U.S. Dept of Defense and Shell Oil.

ConXhub is the latest technology to be added to the Riptec stable. It has taken the traditional PBX switchboard and completely re-engineered it, reinventing communications architecture, building an entirely new, highly scalable and totally agile stack.

With an expansive selection of mobile and local phone numbers from over 9,000 cities and 60+ countries worldwide, the aim is to provide a secure Telecommunications solution designed for individuals and teams of any size, anywhere in the world.

Access to this kind of technology is traditionally expensive, but ConXhub is making its enhanced communications tools with huge cost savings available not only to the typical call centre or multi-national corporation, but also economically accessible to any SaaS entrepreneur, SMB, tradesman, freelancer.

Dream Factory

Dream Factory

Dream Factory is THE Content Creation House for Start-Ups. We are solely focussed on helping Founders create high-quality and frequent content, to increase engagement, grow their audiences and in turn scale their business.

Work Extraordinary

Work Extraordinary

Sponsor of the Professional Services Start-Up category for London & East England

Helping entrepreneurs accelerate growth by embracing the power of people

Growing a business is tough: creating new products, finding new customers, delivering amazing results, recruiting new hires, training the team, putting teams together… the list goes on. To do that successfully, you need a structure and culture that enables highly engaged people.

Traditional business growth approaches often lead to dull corporate environments. At Work Extraordinary, we believe there is another way.

Work Extraordinary was founded in 2021 out of a belief that organisations should be places where people can thrive, do their best work, and deliver amazing customer results. Markets and customer expectations are constantly changing, but with an agile and adaptive culture, people can rise to the challenge together.

We help scaleups grow and expand more quickly, through creating a culture of learning and innovation. Our team of organisational and leadership development specialists deliver high impact company events, leadership development and coaching and sales and customer service transformation programmes.

Join us as we make work extraordinary.

Scoreapp

ScoreApp

The smarter way to generate higher converting leads.

ScoreApp makes quiz funnel marketing easy, so you can attract relevant warm leads, insightful data and increase your sales.

Dent

Dent

It’s the greatest time to be an entrepreneur. There’s more funding, resources, and opportunities than ever before. Most importantly, there are lots of big problems that can be solved with entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.

With the right strategy, access to the right tools and resources, and the support of a high performance environment, you can accelerate the growth of your business and reap the rewards.

Stand out. Scale up. Make a positive impact. Apply to join a Dent Accelerator.

Orbis Exchange

Orbis Exchange

Orbis Exchange Group’s focus is helping our clients and staff grow.

We train our staff in the correct way to ensure we educate our clients and create longevity. This is something we have found in the past was hard to come by in the industry.

By educating, being transparent and valuing all our client’s and staff, we certainly have the edge over our competitors by providing the most cost effective, simple, and secure service. Our directors have over 20 years’ experience between them in the financial and foreign exchange industry. With our expertise and partnerships with many banking institutions, we can cater for all currency needs.

Everyone at Orbis understands it is the small margins that can make the real difference on the volumes our clients trade - whether this is £10,000 or a £100,000,000. We can reduce all fees that our clients may experience due to the relationships we have with our liquidity/tech/solution providers.

Following on from this, we also pride ourselves on working on all aspects of foreign exchange risk, international payments and streamlining the process.

https://orbis-exchange.co.uk/

Wales Sponsors

Universities Wales

Universities Wales

Universities Wales is a membership body representing the interests of Wales’ nine universities.

We develop higher education policy, deliver political and stakeholder engagement, and campaign on issues where our members have a shared interest.

Our mission is to support a university education system which transforms lives through the work Welsh universities do with the people and places of Wales and the wider world.

Sponsoring Graduate StartUp of the Year

Rebel Lion

Rebel Lion Advertising

Rebel Lion Advertising is a full-service, new-era advertising agency designed to do things differently.

Founded by successful Dragons Den contestant and multi-award-winning entrepreneur Matt Jones in 2022, Rebel Lion Advertising is a team of communications experts ready to pack the biggest punch, make the most significant impact and deliver the most meaningful results.

Rebel Lion Advertising is designed to do things differently. We’ll do everything we can to avoid taking the well-trodden path, or regurgitating the same old, same old. We find new, agile ways of working that are fit for purpose, and that deliver quicker and longer-lasting results for our clients.

We are Rebel Lion.This is a Rebellion.

Sponsoring Rising Star Award

Duke of Edinburgh Wales

The Duke of Edinburgh Wales

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a charity that gives young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to take part in a life-changing experience.

Young people have an opportunity to discover new interests, talents whilst developing essential skills for life and work- it’s a recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Sponsoring The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

ALS People

ALS People

At ALS People, we specialise in recruiting temporary workers across a range of sectors throughout the UK. Our experience in the recruitment industry spans the waste & recycling, warehousing and logistics sectors, and the rapid roll-out and expansion of Covid-19 testing centres.

Our company was launched in November 2014 and since then, we have experienced significant growth and expansion. We have more than 30 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, supporting customers right across the UK.

Sponsoring Valleys Start-up of the Year

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North Wales Regional Skills Partnership

The North Wales Regional Skills Partnership bring together employers, skills providers and key local stakeholders to better articulate skills demand and challenges at a regional and local level. The partnership works to identify current and future regional skills needs, and uses this intelligence to ensure the most suitable and relevant provision is available for our future generations!

The RSP forms part of the Welsh Government’s broader approach to regional economic development, including the commitment in the Economic Action Plan to strengthen regional strategic planning. The North Wales RSP also supports the North Wales Growth Deal by working with project partners to scope and understand the skills requirements of the Growth Deal investment. Once these skills are identified, the information is collated and used to lobby providers and Welsh Government for changes in provision.

Find out more.

Accountancy Cloud

Accountancy Cloud

Accountancy Cloud offers online accounting and CFO services for high growth startups. They have one vision: to be startups’ #1 finance partner.

With a focus on tech, food and ecommerce industries, the team has had the pleasure of supporting some of the most incredible startup ventures in the UK, including Feel Vitamins, Crêpe Affaire, OLIO, Baby MORI, White Rabbit Pizza Co., Remy Sleep, & many, many more.

Sponsoring Online Retail Start-Up of the Year

Ambition North Wales

Ambition North Wales

Ambition North Wales is a partnership comprising of the six Local Authorities in the region, along with Bangor University, Glyndŵr University, Coleg Cambria and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. With a vision to focus on improving the region’s economic, social and environmental well-being.

They work to develop the region in a sustainable way, with opportunities for people to gain new skills for the future and develop rewarding careers. Developing a region where businesses grow and communities prosper, whilst championing the language, culture and heritage and in line with the well-being goals for Wales.

Sponsoring North Wales StartUp of the Year

Evabuild

Evabuild

Specialists in civil engineering, construction and groundworks, site surveys and building project management, Evabuild won the fastest growing firm in Wales award at the 2015 Wales Fast Growth 50.

Sponsoring Construction Start-Up of the Year

M-SParc

M-SParc

M-SParc is a space where the energy is present from the moment you step into the building. Collaborations are encouraged and ignited from chance encounters in the shared spaces, ideas will form, and the enthusiasm will be infectious.

Companies that arrive with enthusiasm will benefit from the energetic environment and the professional services offered. M-SParc is the space you want to work in.

Sponsoring Digital StartUp of the Year

Food Innovation Wales

Food Innovation Wales

Food Innovation Wales, backed by Welsh Government, brings together three food centres of excellence dedicated to encouraging the development of the food sector and providing technical and operational support on all aspects of food manufacturing.

Our team of internationally recognised industry experts help food and drink companies grow, innovate, compete and reach new markets. From new start-ups to established companies, Food Innovation Wales is on hand to provide technical and commercial support.

Sponsoring Food and Drink StartUp of the Year

 

Food Innovation Wales

Business in Focus

Business in Focus is an expert business support agency providing flexible accommodation, affordable finance, advice & guidance; the complete package to ensure your business is a success. With over 30 years’ experience of delivering advice and support across Wales; Business in Focus is the lead delivery partner of the Welsh Government’s Business Wales advice programme.

Business in Focus also works on behalf of Welsh Government to provide tailored support programmes including Focus Enterprise Hubs, Big Ideas Wales, Enterprise Merthyr and Enterprise Blaenau Gwent. Through our team of experts, we can provide owners and managers of SMEs with tailored consultancy and advice to suit different stages and circumstances, such as planning, employment and HR issues, help with access to finance, training seminars and events.

Business in Focus has recently been awarded the contracts to deliver the UK Community Renewal Fund in 13 local authority areas. The fund comprises £220 million of investment across the UK to help pilot new ideas and shape the future of the UK Shared Prosperity fund to be launched later this year.

Sponsoring Rural StartUp of the Year

 

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Town Sq

TownSq is a B Corp that supports the development of people, places and communities across the UK and around the world through its network of coworking spaces, programme of business support and Admin Support. 

 

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British Business Bank

The Start Up Loans programme, managed by the British Business Bank, provides personal, government-backed loans for business purposes of up to £25,000 at a 6% fixed interest rate per annum and offers free dedicated mentoring and support to each business. It aims to ensure that viable start-ups and early-stage businesses have access to the finance and support they need in order to thrive. A network of Delivery Partner organisations supports applicants in all regions and industries throughout the UK.

The British Business Bank is the UK government’s economic development bank. Its mission is to drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK, and to enable the transition to a net zero economy, by supporting access to finance for smaller businesses.

Its remit is to design, deliver and efficiently manage UK-wide smaller business access to finance programmes for the UK government. The Bank’s core programmes support over £12.2bn of finance to more than 96,000 smaller businesses.

 

FlyForm

FlyForm

Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Cardiff, FlyForm is an award-winning technology company; a pure-play Elite ServiceNow partner with a mission to create positive change in the world through the power of people and technology. FlyForm operates against four main principles - quality, integrity, results and culture. Since its inception, FlyForm has been consistently regarded as one of the top performing ServiceNow partners globally, working with prestigious clients in both the private and public sectors. The company was recognised as the 11th fastest-growing companies in Wales in 2020 and 2021, with annual growth rate exceeding 200%. Most recently, FlyForm was named Fastest Growing Digital & Technology Company in Wales by Fast Growth 50, and Employer of the Year at the Cardiff Business Awards. 

Sponsoring Business to Business Services StartUp of the Year

Principality

Principality

Why Principality?

  • Formed in 1860, Principality is Wales’s largest building society.
  • The Society is committed to supporting the communities of Wales, with 53 branches and 14 agencies in Wales and the borders.
  • Principality is the 6th largest building society in the UK.
  • The Society has assets of almost £11 billion.
  • Principality is committed to remaining a mutual organisation.

Sponsoring High Street StartUp of the Year

Genmed

Genmed 

Genmed offers customers the broadest range of vendor-neutral managed service contracts in the marketplace. We aim to improve hospital efficiency through managed services and supply chain excellence. We work with hospitals, NHS Trusts and Health Boards in partnership to ascertain what clinical facilities or technology they need to support their strategy and workload.

We can source funding for new facilities, new technology and additional equipment. We have proven capabilities to generate operational and financial cost reductions while reducing administration and transaction costs. We create cash releasing structures, through procurement and supply chain services and tax-efficient managed service contracts. We can provide all the resources needed by clinical and non-clinical departments in hospitals, NHS Trusts and Health Boards, to deliver quality patient care.

Sponsoring Medtech & Healthtech StartUp of the Year

BIC Innovation

BIC Innovation 

Helping you achieve your growth ambitions through expert advice & innovative strategies.

If you are a start-up or a growing business, you will know all too well that it doesn’t come without its risks and challenges. But it can also bring opportunities, resilience, and a brighter future.

We can help you tackle these challenges head-on, by working with you to deliver tailored solutions that overcome barriers to sustainable growth. We’ve been transforming performance and facilitating innovative projects for clients since 1993. Our strengths lie in building effective strategies, enhancing performance, internationalisation, marketing and scaling up. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We bring fresh thinking and new ways of working - we’re not afraid to challenge the status quo. Our culture is rooted in our values, and our mission in life is to enable success for ambitious organisations through an ethos of collaboration, innovation, and tenacity.

Sponsoring Innovative StartUp of the Year

Admiral

Admiral 

Based on innovation and organic growth, Admiral is proud to be Wales’ only FTSE 100 company. The Group has a global presence operating in eight countries with a diverse product portfolio, including its most successful product; motor insurance, in which it holds the highest market share in the UK. New ventures such as Admiral Pioneer are exploring wider opportunities to improve its product offering and continue the evolution towards Admiral 2.0 - an agile and truly digital-first world.

Admiral has consistently been recognised as one of the best places to work in the UK. Its progressive culture, core values, and commitment to diversity and inclusion has created a working environment where people share ideas, aren’t afraid to speak up and truly feel valued. Above all else, Admiral is committed to helping more people to look after their future, always striving for better together.

Limb-art

LIMB-art 

LIMB-art is a British design and manufacturing company based in the heart of beautiful North Wales dedicated to producing cool prosthetic leg covers. Founded in 2018 by former Paralympic swimmer and medallist, Mark Williams and his wife Rachael, LIMB-art was born out of an overwhelming desire to help other prosthetic users raise their confidence, be proud of what they have and very simply, but equally importantly have fun showing off whilst doing so. Today Limb-art exports globally as far afield as Australia and is listed as a supplier to the NHS providing cool prosthetic covers to all amputees in the UK.

WCVA

WCVA 

At WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action) our purpose is to enable voluntary organisations in Wales to make a bigger difference together.

In Wales people have always come together voluntarily, not for money or because the law tells them to, but because they want to make a difference.

But when the Depression and poverty hit Wales hard in the 1930s people realised their organisations weren’t ready to meet the challenges around them. To make a bigger difference they needed to come together, organise and look ahead to prepare for the future.

That’s why WCVA was formed. And it’s why we exist today.

Our Social Investment Cymru team financially supports social enterprises in Wales with a range of grants and loans.

We invest in social businesses that want to generate more income or expand their range of services, and organisations that have previously struggled to attract grant funding for new projects.

Sponsoring Social Enterprise StartUp of the Year

Department of International Trade

Department of International Trade 

Our Vision is to champion open and fair global trading that drives growth, creates better jobs and higher wages, and improves living standards in this country and around the world.

Our Mission is to:

  • negotiate trade deals and open up markets
  • give our exporters the tools,support and opportunities to succeed through global trade drive investment
  • build a global appetite for British goods and services
  • promote choice and value for UK consumers improve international trading standards and fight unfair trading practices
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Cognis Capital

Cognis Capital, founded in 2003, is a London based independently owned Alternative Investment Management Company managing institutional funds and family office wealth.

Our strategies include the provision of equity and debt investments in privately owned companies spanning both Venture Capital and Private Equity opportunities from start up to development capital. Whilst we are industry agnostic our recent investments have covered Fintech, HealthTech, EdTech and GreenTech.

The Team has extensive experience in managing exits by way of trade sales, secondaries, mergers & acquisitions, IPO and restructurings.

We have sponsored the Fintech Wales StartUp award for the past three years.

Recent Fintech Investments include: Fineazy, mytalu, Workscope and Yoello

South East England Sponsors

SwagPack

SwagPack

 We are Swagpack! We help People Managers to create the very best employee onboarding experience possible through cool branded Swagpacks, which we produce, curate, store and deliver globally. We’ll help you get your Swag on!

By creating amazing onboarding, welcome and new starter packs, we help our client’s businesses engage with their most important asset… their people.

There has been been a more competitive time for talent. Swagpack is here to make our clients incredible people feel part of something special, even before they even step foot in the office!

Keeping staff feeling motivated and engaged should be front and centre for all businesses, and Swagpack is here to support our clients to build game changing teams.

Our work helps to maximise staff retention and reduce churn, whilst reaffirming their brands key messaging and culture.

Show your team some love!

Scotland Sponsors

GS1 UK

GS1 UK

Whether online, in store or in a hospital, the common language of GS1 UK standards is helping our community of over 57,000 organisations to uniquely identify, describe and track anything globally, creating greater trust in data for everyone.

Our standards have the power to deliver change now and in the future by driving efficiency in the supply chain, and transparency in the wider society, through initiatives such as patient safety programmes and deposit return schemes.

From retail product barcodes to patient wristbands, we harness the power of GS1 UK standards to transform the way people work and live.

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow is one of the world’s most exciting, friendly and culturally vibrant cities. Glasgow City Council is Scotland’s largest local authority and is responsible for delivering a range of vital services to citizens, businesses and visitors across Glasgow.

Glasgow City Council is committed to fostering an innovative and resilient environment that is supportive of SMEs and entrepreneurs, from start-up, through growth to sustainable consolidation, supporting local communities and ensuring jobs are created and safeguarded.

Through the delivery of Business Glasgow, Glasgow City Council has a team of dedicated and skilled business advisers who can help your company grow regardless of which stage it’s at on the business life cycle and assist with making your vision and aspirations a reality.

To find out more about the services we deliver, visit our website.

Rebel Lion

Rebel Lion Advertising

Rebel Lion Advertising is a full-service, new-era advertising agency designed to do things differently.

Founded by successful Dragons Den contestant and multi-award-winning entrepreneur Matt Jones in 2022, Rebel Lion Advertising is a team of communications experts ready to pack the biggest punch, make the most significant impact and deliver the most meaningful results.

Rebel Lion Advertising is designed to do things differently. We’ll do everything we can to avoid taking the well-trodden path, or regurgitating the same old, same old. We find new, agile ways of working that are fit for purpose, and that deliver quicker and longer-lasting results for our clients.

We are Rebel Lion.This is a Rebellion.

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Firstport

Firstport are Scotland’s agency for start-up social entrepreneurs and social enterprise. They support individuals across Scotland to start, develop and grow their ideas into businesses with social impact at their core.
They offer a one-stop shop for all the help people need in starting and managing a social enterprise, including free tailored start-up business advice, one-to-one business support, workshops, webinars, and investment readiness support through the LaunchMe programme.

Firstport offers a range of funding opportunities, from £5,000 grants to get your enterprise up and running to £50,000 repayable grants to help boost your social enterprise growth.

If you are a start-up social enterprise based in Scotland needing support to get going or a new social enterprise looking to achieve growth, visit https://www.firstport.org.uk/ to learn more about how Firstport can help you.

Midlands Sponsors

Purbeck

Purbeck Insurance

Purbeck Insurance currently offers the UK’s only Personal Guarantee Insurance, supporting SME Directors who have found themselves faced with signing a Personal Guarantee in support of a business loan or financial agreement.

Our Personal Guarantee Insurance Policies are backed by a global A-Rated insurer, lifting the weight of responsibility a Personal Guarantee can bring and providing peace of mind for you - as a business owner or director - and your family.

Covering up to 80% of your risk, the Policy ensures that you’re personally protected as you plan the future funding and growth of your business, and provides unlimited access to a proactive Business Support Service to provide you with the tools needed to tackle any trading difficulties head on.

Don’t let a Personal Guarantee limit your choices – let Purbeck look after your personal assets while you focus on driving the growth of your business.

Sponsoring RISING STAR of the year

North East England, Yorkshire and the Humber Sponsors

North West England Sponsors

Global HR

Global HR Implementation Services

We like to think of ourselves as payrollers who just happen to love project management.

Our mission is to ensure your employees get the payroll and HR systems they deserve and that you get happy employees.  We’re here to empower your business evolution.

All of our global payroll consultants have vast experience leading projects for major Payroll & HR solution providers around the globe.

It is this outsourcing experience set us apart and allows us to be much better able to anticipate and respond to potential challenges in the project. This ensures you get an efficient project delivery which will add value to the project and reduce the cost to implement.

Our team have worked with businesses in a lot of different sectors, such as aviation, defence, logistics, science & manufacturing, pharmaceutical, banking, media and construction.

Our services include:

Payroll: 
- Selection & RFP/RFI support
- Project Management
- Testing (including payroll parallel, we love payroll parallel testing)
- Service transition
- Data migration
- Payroll Consultancy

HRIS:
- Selection
- Project management
- Testing
- Data migration
- Consulting

We believe all businesses should have access to quality payroll professionals so we provide fully funded services to small and micro businesses:
- UK payroll consultancy
- Payroll process audit
- Employee benefit review
- Process review and improvement
- Training
With Global HRIS you’re not paying for hours of our time, you’re paying for years of our experience.

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Appleyard Lees

Appleyard Lees

Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm, with over sixty patent and trademark attorneys and litigators.

Who we are, and what we do – but also, how we do it – makes us distinctive.

We bring broad sector and industry knowledge. Our clients benefit from our professionals’ deep insights into their businesses, operations and objectives.

Our team offers a full spectrum of IP services, including initial strategy and scoping, prosecution, and support should post-grant issues arise. Our commercially intelligent approach to service delivery, incorporates flexibility and adaptability. We strive to be agile, to respond to specific client requirements in a way that suits them.

Working with some of the world’s most exciting innovators, largest companies and household names, the firm supports a broad range of IP owners and creators, including in-house teams, R&D specialists, owner-managers and branding professionals. With offices in UK innovation hotspots, we are positioned to give clients expert strategic IP advice in the UK and worldwide.

The firm adopts a collegiate ethos, encouraging our professionals to fully understand each client, and to establish critical relationships of trust.

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Growth Platform

Growth Platform is Liverpool City Region’s growth company, designed to support people and businesses to realise their potential and generate growth. Our role is to strengthen and simplify our business landscape, creating a sustainable economy that reflects the needs of our community. Our Local Growth Hub service offers support at every stage of the business growth journey. From starting to growing, sales to strategy, funding to talent we’re here to support local businesses realise their potential for growth.

Find out more about Growth Platform

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GC Business Growth Hub

GC Business Growth Hub works to create a thriving and productive Greater Manchester economy by unlocking and accelerating the growth potential of businesses across our region. We are a community of specialists with a passion to help businesses across Greater Manchester to realise their ambitions. Since 2011, we’ve supported more than 15,000 businesses like yours.

Find out more about GC Business Growth Hub

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CLEP

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is the local economic development agency for our county.
CLEP is providing a strategic lead on all activities contributing to our county’s economic growth. Working with our partners, we are investing over £60 million in the Cumbrian economy to stimulate economic growth.
We’re also here to work practically with business owners to provide support and access to the right solutions to grow and develop your business.
Whether you’re an early stage start-up or a growing business looking to scale, there is inspiration and support in abundance right here on the doorstep.
We bring together expert advice, events, masterclasses and mentoring as well as providing access to a range of dedicated support programmes both local and national. Our advisers will work directly with businesses to create tailored solutions to unlock the potential of your company, whatever its size or sector.
As an organisation we are committed to working with pride, pace and professionalism, in partnership, to ensure our county and the businesses and people within it can thrive.

 

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Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub

Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub supports Cheshire and Warrington businesses to go and grow further.

For businesses based in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester or Warrington, Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub offer a range of support. Whether you are an individual on your journey to starting a business, an existing business looking to grow and expand, or an organisation looking to build a base in Cheshire and Warrington, the expert team at the Growth Hub will work with you to take your business or idea to the next stage.

Part of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, through collaborations and partnerships, we offer a business and skills support package to help your business on its growth journey.

Our Partners

FBT
School of marketing
JournoLink
Fast Growth 50
Paperclip PR
Ideas Fest
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DEITA