About us

Hello, we’re Startups.co.uk

…the UK’s leading independent, online resource for anyone starting and growing a business.

Established in 2000, we are the longest serving, largest and most comprehensive advice platform available covering everything you need to know to start, buy, run or sell a business.

Whether you’re looking for business inspiration to launch your own start-up, information on franchising and the options available, the latest insights into the Tech start-up scene or tips on how to manage a fast-growth company – we’ve got it covered.

In October 2013 we merged Growing Business into the Startups site, to make its respected videos and articles available to the Startups audience and to streamline our processes. So we now want to help even more people like you, whether you are thinking about starting up, recently started, or are focused on rapid growth for your business.

We are proud to support such a fantastic start-up and entrepreneurial community, serving over six million loyal readers a year and running some of the country’s top events for entrepreneurs, including the annual Startups Awards, Startups 100 and Young Guns. Through these events we want to help put new businesses on the map and celebrate extraordinary achievements.

We have a lively and active forum with 50,000 current members which we’d love you to get involved with and we also actively encourage feedback on our site content via our comments section.

To get in touch with the team visit our Contact Us page or click here to find out more about advertising with us.

96% of business owners find our business information sites helpful—we hope you do, too.

Why not join our Startups and Growing Business community today and let us help you build a better business.


For news and PR enquiries contact Shane Donnelly on shaned@startups.co.uk.

For features, op-eds and byline suggestions contact Megan Dunsby on megand@startups.co.uk

For advertising enquiries contact Jon Seymour on jonathans@startups.co.uk

For marketing, partnerships, events, ecommerce and other media enquiries contact Jonny Young on jonathany@startups.co.uk

We regret that we are unable to offer individual business advice, but others can gladly help if you ask your question in our forum.

Meet the Startups team…


CEO of Startups.co.uk, Michael Teixeira is also CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing tech firms; MVF. The former CFO is on a mission to take the Startups’ brand to new heights.

Editorial director

Ian Wallis has been a business journalist for over 16 years and knows the start-ups and growing business space inside out.


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Lucy Wayment has worked in both print and digital and is passionate about all things content. She prides herself on promoting exciting start-up talent and is always open to interesting content or collaboration propositions.


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Projects editor

Features editor Megan Dunsby lives and breathes start-ups and small business. Your go-to for blogs and features, Megan covers everything from the world of enterprise including funding advice to inspiring women in business.

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Staff writer

Startups.co.uk staff writer Shane Donnelly is skilled at making sure our readers are always abreast of the latest small business news. He should be your first point of contact for exciting and relevant press releases.


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Content marketing executive

Looking after all of our partner content, Henry Williams wastes no time in transforming our clients’ briefs into tantalising features. He’s your man for brand content that packs a punch.

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Editorial assisstant

Julia Watts is our right-hand woman; assisting the team in creating great pieces of content, managing core profile Q&As, and working on branded content campaigns.


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Senior SEO executive

Tasked with transforming our buyers’ guides, Bryn Glover is applying his SEO expertise to bring you informative content on everything from pensions to HR.



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SEO executive

Working alongside Bryn, Jake Wharmby is our newest content writer and (mostly) writes business guides and product reviews to help all types of small businesses.



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Events manager

With over 10 years’ industry experience, Elicia Nairn is our authority on all things events. From the Startups Awards to Young Guns, Startups’ events manager Elicia is a pro in creating and organising events that deliver results.


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Events and marketing assistant

Georgia Garofalo works alongside Elicia to deliver the best events for UK start-ups. Contact Georgia for any questions about our awards or upcoming workshops or panels.


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Event sales manager

An eternal networker, Babs Ofori-Acquah manages all things partnerships. She is passionate about connecting people and probably spends more time out meeting people than in the office!


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Sales director

Jon Seymour would give Don Draper a run for his money when it comes to charm. Hardworking, problem solving and the relationship builder at Startups, Jon makes promises he keeps and covers all things sales.


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Senior sales executive

Andrew Boateng is the newest selling superstar at Startups. After working at former Startups 100-listed company Zoopla, Andrew is keen to get his teeth stuck into the start-up and scale-up landscape.


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Nick Brightman is a sales machine – and he’s hungry to build and develop new and existing client relationships.



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Marketing mogul

Jonny Young makes things happen.