Awards for 16 rising stars of UK start-up business

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The Appear Here team receive their award from Alun Cochrane (right) PICTURE: David McHugh

A men’s grooming company, a vegan skincare firm, and an online retail space marketplace scooped prizes in the prestigious Startups Awards 2015.

The top prize awarded at the ceremony in Vinopolis, London was the coveted title of Simply Business Startups Business of the Year.

That title went to Appear Here, chosen by the judges from the successful companies in all other categories. Appear Here is an online marketplace for short-term retail space which enables landlords and start-ups to lease and rent flexible space in key retail locations around the country.

More than 1,000 spaces are currently listed on the site which recently secured a $7.5m equity investment. The firm now plans international expansion. The company also scooped the Venture Funded Business of the Year award.

The People’s Champion, an award voted for by the general public, went to Cornerstone, a service delivering men’s grooming products.

Online estate agency Purplebricks was named as Tech Business of the Year, while former Apprentice contestant Susan Ma’s vegan skincare business Tropic Skincare collected the Product Business of the Year award.

Mini-cab and taxi booking app Minicabit won the App of the Year award – a new award for 2015 and the co-founders of guilt-free popcorn business PROPERCORN were recognised in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category.

More than 200 talented businesspeople and spectators, gathered to celebrate the UK’s start-up scene’s ‘ones to watch’ at the ceremony on November 27, with 16 awards presented by comedian Alun Cochrane.

The awards, in their 12th year, are sponsored by business insurance broker Simply Business and organised by To be eligible to enter businesses must have been trading no earlier than August 1 2011, must be privately owned and based in the UK.

The judging panel included Dragons’ Den star Touker Suleyman, British designer Cath Kidston and co-founder of Innocent Drinks Jon Wright. The list of previous winners includes Secret Escapes, and The Cambridge Satchel Company.

David Lester, founder of, said; “In 2015 we also welcomed more entries than ever before, so this year’s finalists truly are the best in their fields. Huge congratulations to all of our participants, particularly our 16 outstanding winners.”

Startups Awards

The winners:  

Simply Business Startups Business of the Year: Appear Here

People’s Champion: Cornerstone

App of the Year: minicabit

Crowdfunded Business of the Year: Berrywhite

Export Business of the Year: Frog Bikes

Franchisee of the Year: Schmidt Palmers Green

Innovative Business of the Year: Purplebricks

Lean Start-up of the Year: Nutriment

Product Business of the Year: Tropic Skincare

Retail Business of the Year: Gousto

Service Business of the Year: ForrestBrown

Tech Business of the Year: Purplebricks

Venture Funded Business of the Year: Appear Here

Women in Business Award: Swoon Editions

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: PROPERCORN



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