80. Coconutgrass

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Founder: Andrew Dennison
Founded: May 2011 (launched October 2011)
Website: coconutgrass.com

Specialising in fun and exciting personalised gifts at affordable prices, Coconutgrass is a great example of what can be achieved when selling through an online marketplace. Launched by 31 year-old Andrew Dennison, the home ware design business which makes art prints, cushions, tea towels and aprons, has become an e-commerce favourite with over 20,000 customers to date; success which it points to marketplace website Notonthehighstreet.com. Accepted as a seller on the site in 2011, over the last three years the product design start-up has really taken off, earning the title of Notonthehighstreet’s ‘Enterprise Plus Seller’ for being one of its highest grossing group of sellers, and granted the site’s award for ‘Start up Success’.

With all of its designs made in the UK, the gift business has hit on a growing demand for British-made goods and its success has not just been limited to the web. Since starting to develop its trade arm in early 2013, its products have been stocked in over 20 bricks-and-mortar stores and it plans to build further relationships with retailers over the coming year. Dennison says that the next 12 months are “extremely exciting,” with a new studio on the horizon to “gear up for further growth”.

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