Venture funded Business of the Year 2016: Meet the finalists

These young businesses have convinced investors of their potential of achieving real greatness and are now competing to win this haymacintyre-backed award...

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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 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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Clearscore offers free credit checking and credit report services to UK consumers online, without the need for a credit card or bank details. A user’s score is updated monthly and users are able to access its services as often as they like.

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eve Sleep

The manufacturer behind the “world’s most comfortable mattress”, eve Sleep has sold an impressive 34,000 mattresses to date across the UK, the US, France and Germany. The start-up recently announced a £13.9m funding round to help it reach Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Austria and the Netherlands.

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The 70-strong family-run sausage producer has achieved eight-figure revenues and is stocked with all the major retails. Ran by Young Guns Jamie, Ellie and Roddy Keeble, HECK has achieved tremendous growth in the last two years and is on the verge of opening a multi-million pound food factory to cope with demand.

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Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Onfido’s automated background checking services have been used by 1,000 businesses globally. The start-up recently secured a $25m Series B round to expand further in UK and US markets.

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Property Partner

Disrupting the property industry, Property Partner is a residential property crowdfunding platform which enables investor to own a share in, and receive dividends from, properties. Since launch in January 2015, the start-up has seen more than £29.6m invested through its platform.

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