Service Business of the Year 2017: Meet the finalists

With services ranging from pet food delivery to fire prevention, say hello to our diverse Startups Awards finalists competing to be best in class

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Climb Online

Climb Online is a digital marketing agency specialising in SEO and paid search, founded by former Apprentice winner Mark Wright in partnership with Lord Sugar. The agency is a top listed Google Partner within the UK and the owner of Facebook BluePrint Certification, and has secured contracts with over 450 businesses domestically and overseas.

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Forsyth Barnes

Forsyth Barnes is an executive appointments consultancy which provides two services; placing permanent candidates on both a retained and contingent model, while also providing senior contractors on a consultancy model. The recruitment business has filled vacancies for over 100 clients so far, ranging from large financial services companies to tech start-ups.

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Leadstream delivers hot key transfers and booked appointments for prospective customers who are genuinely interested in making a purchase. It then connects these customers to the broker or IFA that they are most suited too. The online customer acquisition business boasts a 42% conversion rate.

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miDrive helps learner drivers by matching them with the highest-rated instructors and allowing them to monitor their progress with digital lesson reports. Through its app, users can do everything from arrange lessons, to making payments, to learning driving theory. Learners that use miDrive are 37% more likely to pass their test first time.

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Play Consulting

Play Consulting is a digital product innovation studio which is split between a consultancy arm – working with large corporates to change the way they work – and an IP division which uses gaming expertise to build products that encourage users to build positive behaviours. The start-up has established partnerships with Bupa, PWC, and KPMG.

View the full profile here. is a dog food subscription service which creates bespoke meals and meal plans and provides daily menus with food blended to each individual dog’s nutritional and dietary needs, delivered to the owner’s door. The Richmond-based start-up now delivers four million meals each month and has recently added dental chews, dog treats and poo bags to its offering.

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Ventro Group

The Ventro Group are passive fire safety specialists enabling businesses and professional organisations across the UK to understand their fire risks and take appropriate action to reduce them. The NHS, local authorities and housing associations have all made use of Ventro’s fire protection service.

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Wiser is a recruitment firm with an in-house content team, working closely with brands to attract top candidates through design, web and film. While Wiser’s main focus is on the graduate market, the company also has teams that specialise in tech and sales, with clients such as Expedia, Worldpay, Just Eat, and Sky Betting.

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