46. Viapost

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Founders: Charlie Lass, Ben Way
Website: www.viapost.com

Viapost means that instead of sending a letter from, say, Bath to Edinburgh, you can e-mail it from your computer in Bath to a computer close to its destination point in Edinburgh, where it will be printed out, stamped, addressed, and sent, saving money and time.

Charlie and Ben, who started his first business on his 15th birthday and was worth £18.3m by 2001, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, are confident that Viapost will have a big impact on the market. “It will change the way the postal market operates,” says Charlie.

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