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Top 20 start-ups of 2011

Startups selects this year’s hottest new business launches

For many businesses this year growth has been hit by the economic permafrost, but that hasn’t stopped a number of green shoots from pushing through. The economic conditions have proved to be a catalyst for many innovative new start-ups – after all, the best business ideas tend to provide a solution to a problem.

As Startups introduces our 20 best UK start-ups of 2011, we acknowledge the tenacity, creativity and resilience of these entrepreneurs, many of whom are not only employing good business models but are also giving back, putting responsible trading at their core.

From graduate entrepreneurs to high-flying execs abandoning job security to go it alone, the start-up founders of 2011 displayed great courage, vision and determination – and for this we salute them. From January to November, here are our top 20 new businesses of 2011, in order of launch…

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