The Start Up Loans Inspiring Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: Meet the finalists

These Startups Awards nominees used a Start Up Loan to make their business ideas a reality, read on to find out what makes their stories so inspiring...

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BakedIn is a baking recipe box subscription service, delivering all the ingredients consumers need to create great bakes with receipes designed by Michel Roux OBE. The Basingstoke start-up has also created a range of baking products which are now stocked with major retailers and supermarkets.

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Infinity Trampoline Park

Infinity Trampoline Park runs indoor trampolining facilities in Wales with parks in Cardiff and Inverness. Inspired by free-style sports, the business launched in October 2015 and is now looking to expand internationally with sights set on launching a park in Spain.

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Koru Kids

Koru Kids is a network of nannies that matches up two local families with one nanny who looks after their children together to help them save on costs. The London start-up’s founder, Rachel Carrell, says its model helps families save up to a third on childcare costs.

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London Sock Company

The London Sock Company is a luxury sock retailer which counts David Gandy as an ambassador. Customers can subscribe to the brand’s monthly sock club, where members can receive up to three pairs of socks delivered straight to their letter box.

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Pacific Seafood

Pacific Seafood is a frozen seafood distributor and, unlike its competitors, delivers to the congestion zone in London as well as city restaurants, six-days-a-week. Its range of seafood includes exotic offerings such as black tiger prawns, Asian seabass, and barracuda.

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PACK’D has created frozen smoothie kits which take under one minute to prepare – all the consumer has to do is add their preferred choice of liquid and blitz it up – have a two-year shelf life and are under 100 calories. 100% natural, non-GM, paleo and vegan, the recipes offer Energy, Detox and Defence.

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Pip & Nut

Created by Pip Murray, the Pip & Nut brand encompasses a range of natural nut butters and almond drinks. The nut butters and drinks – the first and only almond range to offer flavor blends with Honey & Vanilla and Coconut variants – are sold with over 4,000 stockists in the UK and Ireland.

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Steer73 designs and develops digital products from high profile consumer apps through to full B2B business systems for clients such as Chubb Fire & Security and Paddy Power. London-based, Steer73 employs developers throughout the UK and has teams in the Ukraine and India.

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