Retail Business of the Year 2016: Meet the finalists

From bricks and mortar to e-commerce, one of the following retail start-ups is set to be crowned the next big retailer of tomorrow…

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Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

A “BioOrganic” skincare range, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare was founded by Claire Velo, who quit her corporate job to follow her business dream. It was worth the risk, and the brand is now stocked by the likes of of Net-a-Porter, Liberty London and Space NK.

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Bloom & Wild

A ‘flowers through the letterbox’ subscription service, Bloom & Wild enables consumers to order flowers in ‘under a minute’ and have them delivered to them through the post. The start-up claims to be the UK’s top rated online florist with over 10,000 reviews on all major review platforms.

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Taking on the likes of Nestle, Cafepod retails Nespresso-compatible coffee pods. Offering “great coffee at a reasonable price”, the start-up can now be found in Tesco, Ocado, Whole Foods, Amazon, Selfridges and Boots.

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Cubitts design and manufacture handmade glasses which retail online and in its four Central London stores. Claiming to be the first in the world to produce 3D printed metal bridges, the glasses start-up is on course for a very healthy turnover this year.

View the full profile here. makes tailored dog food based on each dog’s individual nutritional needs which it delivers to customers every week. Graham Bosher, the creator of, is among the start-up's founding team.

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Vape Emporium

Vape Emporium sells everything from vaping devices to e-liquids from its Hampstead and Richmond sites, and also retails online, via wholesale and through third party events. In store, the start-up employs ‘Vape Consultants’ and offers access to a sampling bar.

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