25. Creoate The B2B wholesale ecommerce marketplace that offers affordable software, and international scale, to support the growth of independent retailers. Helena Young December 15, 2021 2 min read About us Startups was founded over 20 years ago by a multi-time entrepreneur. Today, our expert team of writers, researchers, and editors work to provide our 4 million readers with useful tips and information, as well as running award-winning campaigns. Founders: Ashley Horn and Fahad KhanFounded: 2020Website: Creoate.comHere at Startups.co.uk, we love any company that helps other small businesses to flourish, which is why we’re thrilled to feature Creoate as our top 25 startup.Creoate was founded by Ashley Horn and Fahad Khan from a love for small businesses, and their own experiences in running a multi-brand store in London. Horn and Khan noticed that with hundreds of new products emerging every day through booming ecommerce platforms such as Instagram, it was becoming increasingly difficult, risky and time-consuming for independent online stores to locate the best brands for their website to sell. Creoate was founded by Ashley Horn and Fahad Khan from a love for small businesses Using a thorough review system that checks brands for everything from diversity to creativity, Creoate has built a marketplace full of inventive and affordable products that retail SMEs can trust – marking their territory among the ecommerce giants.Both founders have a background in building financial products for SMEs, and the platform also provides a suite of tools for independent businesses, reducing middlemen costs by up to 40%. Creoate’s unique and innovative model empowers SMEs to succeed. Amongst their biggest successes, Creoate now serves over 50,000 retailers in 10 countries, providing more than two-third of retailers’ monthly stock. This year, the company raised £3m in funding in a seed round, which it won’t find any trouble spending. Between March and August 2021, Creoate reported a whopping 25,000 retailers had signed up to the site – that’s a 1,600% increase year on year, and signals an exciting start to the future ahead.Creoate’s unique and innovative model empowers SMEs to succeed. If the platform’s own success is anything to go by, it shouldn’t have any issues there. What Does Your Business Need Help With? Project Planning Creating a Website Business Loan Business Bank Account Get Started Startups.co.uk can help your business succeed At Startups.co.uk, we're here to help small UK businesses to get started, grow and succeed. As well as rounding up some of the biggest success stories in our annual Startups 100 list, we have resources to help new businesses get off the ground. Share this post facebook twitter linkedin Helena Young Lead Writer Helena is Lead Writer at Startups. As resident people and premises expert, she's an authority on topics such as business energy, office and coworking spaces, and project management software.With a background in PR and marketing, Helena also manages the Startups 100 Index and is passionate about giving early-stage startups a platform to boost their brands. From interviewing Wetherspoon's boss Tim Martin to spotting data-led working from home trends, her insight has been featured by major trade publications including the ICAEW, and news outlets like the BBC, ITV News, Daily Express, and HuffPost UK.