Index of Britain’s hottest entrepreneurs rises to 100

Accelerate 250 taking shape with 50 of Britain’s brightest entrepreneurs added to the list, including Imagematch and Lovestruck founders

A list backed by Lord Young and Sir Terry Leahy which compiles the country’s highest growth businesses has announced its next 50 members.

Representing the founders of the businesses themselves, Accelerate 250 names include Brett Harding of online dating specialists Lovestruck, Charles Rolls of premium drinks brand Fever Tree, and Mark Gibson, founder of the unemployment support service Imagematch.

Companies on the list signify the top 6% of businesses that create more than half of new UK jobs.

The announcement follows last week’s release of the first 50 names in the lead up to the Accelerate 2013 business conference in Liverpool where the chosen 250 companies will attend and contribute.

Startup 100 winners on the list include the workhub provider Central Working and Imagematch which was also a winner in our 2012 Startups Awards.

Recognising businesses in numerous industries ranging from beverages to financial services the next 50 names are:

  • ACS Business Supplies: Mike Hussain
  • Aimes: Dennis Kehoe
  • Barrachd: Clark Wilson and Grant Smith
  • Chris Lee and Vicky Wang
  • Bibby Line Group: Edward Rimmer
  • Blue Group: Patrick McGeary
  • Borro: Claire Gates
  • The Bread Factory: Dean Arbel
  • Bubbleology: Assad Khan
  • Capture: Joel Hopwood and Matthew Lee
  • Central Working: Steve Pette
  • The Chemistry Group: Roger Philby
  • Crafter’s Companion Ltd: Sara Davies
  • Elan Hair Design: Lauren Milton and Lorna Milton
  • ENER-G: Derek Duffill
  • Fever Tree: Charles Rolls
  • FINE + RARE Wines: Graham Sumeray
  • Gaia Wind: Johnny Andringa
  • Gritit: Jason Petsch and Alastair Kight
  • Human Recognition Systems: John Tonkiss
  • Imagematch: Mark Gibson
  • Iwoca: Christoph Rieche
  • Knomo: Howard Harrison
  • La Fosse Associates: Simon La Fosse
  • Laundry Republic: Ian Walker and David Lambert
  • Leaf Café: Natalie Haywood
  • Lovestruck: Brett Harding
  • Lucid Games Ltd: Paul Morrissey
  • Make it Cheaper: Jonathan Elliott
  • Mediafed: Ian Morris and Ashley Harrison
  • MPM Products: Roger Coleman and Roger Wood
  • Ripstone: Leo Cubbib and Phil Gaskell
  • Safeguard World International: Bjorn Reynolds
  • Smart Traffic: Philip Cheek
  • Timothy James Consulting: Chris O’Connell
  • Tusker: David Hosking
  • UK Fast: Lawrence Jones
  • Victor: Clive Jackson
  • Voice Commerce Ltd: Nick Ogden
  • Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Ambulance: Andy Williamson
  • Wowstuff: Richard North

A further 150 names will be announced in the following weeks.


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