UK’s most impressive young entrepreneurs named at Young Guns Awards 2014

Achievements of fast-growth business owners aged 35 and under recognised in illustrious awards index

The UK’s most outstanding entrepreneurs aged 35 or under have been revealed in Growing Business’ Young Guns ‘Class of 2014’ list.

Recognised at an awards luncheon held at the prestigious Kensington Roof Gardens today, this year’s crop is made up of 53 entrepreneurs behind 30 of the country’s fastest-growing firms.

The successful finalists join an alumni of over 300 business owners named since the Young Guns Awards began in 2003.

Sponsored by law firm Keystone Law and chartered accountancy firm haysmacintyre, Young Guns celebrates the most outstanding crop of young entrepreneurs the country has to offer with only 30 companies selected each year, and no repeat appearances.

Now in its 12th year, the awards has a track record of talent spotting, previously recognising the fledgling businesses started by the likes of Michael Action Smith OBE of Mind Candy, Holly Tucker MBE of, and Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed, alongside an outstanding array of bright CEOs and founders.

The awards also has two separate accolades which it will be unveiling shortly including haysmacintyre Top Gun, a title bestowed upon the Young Gun business that judges feel stands out the most, and Keystone Law Golden Gun; a title which recognises the outstanding achievements of one Young Gun alumni member.

The Young Guns Class of 2014 are as follows:

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  • Ross Bailey (22) – Appear Here
  • James Uffindell (34) – Bright Network
  • Malachy Guinness (25) and Woody Webster (35) – Bright Young Things
  • Adam Goff (30) – Capital Living
  • Matthew Hayes (34) – Champions (UK) plc
  • Daniel Land (30) and Jeremy Sanders (29) – Coco Di Mama
  • Willam Shu (34) and Greg Orlowski (35) – Deliveroo
  • Sam Rickett (34) – Everlution
  • Ed Brown (28) and Griff Holland (31) – Friska
  • Timo Schmidt (29)and James Carter (29) – Gousto
  • Alex Depledge (33), Tom Nimmo (30), and Jules Coleman(28) – Hassle
  • Jamie (24), Roddy (20), and Ellie Keeble (18) – HECK FOOD
  • Arnaud Bertrand (29) and JunJun Chen (31) – HouseTrip
  • Chris Morton (32) and Sebastjan Trepca (31) – Lyst
  • Daniel Callaghan (32) and Adam Riccoboni (32) – MBA & Company
  • Robert Jakobi (29) – Metcalfe’s Food Company
  • Dean Fankhauser (29) – Nuji
  • Nick Hungerford (34) – Nutmeg
  • Jamie Ward (35) and Neil Harmsworth (34) –
  • Adam Taylor (32) and Lexi Tamasan (26)–
  • Cassandra Stavrou (30) and Ryan Kohn (30) – PROPERCORN
  • Graham Cook (32), Daniel Shellard (31) and Ian McCaig (33) – Qubit
  • Jeff Lynn (36 – 35 at time of judging) and Carlos Silva (34) – Seedrs
  • Samy Trigui (32) – Senscraft
  • Jackie Fast (30) – Slingshot Sponsorship
  • Adam Pikett (33), Victoria Walton (31), Luke Pikett (31), and Rhys Jones (30) – SportPursuit
  • Jane ni Dhulchaointingh – sugru
  • Michael (31) and James Eder (32) – The Beans Group
  • Rob Hill (35) – The Eventa Group
  • Liam James (27) and Matt Green (26) – The iOutlet

The Young Guns judges were so impressed with the calibre of businesses this year that they picked a further five companies that they hope will form the basis of our Class of 2015 – the Young Guns Five to Watch.

The Young Guns 2014 Five to Watch are:

  • Andrew Webster (31) and Nick Telson (30) – DesignMyNight
  • Paul (29) and Rob Forkan (26) – Gandys Flip Flops
  • Simon Swan (33) and Sara Jones (29) – Hiring-Hub
  • Yonatan Riz-Fridman (30) and Alex Klein (23) – Kano
  • Aden Levin (26) and Rob Tominey (25) – Mainstage Travel

Discussing his pride at announcing the Young Guns Awards class of 2014, Growing Business editorial director, Ian Wallis, said:

“The uniqueness and quality of entrepreneurial companies bursting through in the UK never ceases to astound.

“Despite the backdrop of a tough economic climate, there’s no shortage of impressive entrepreneurs disrupting the market and bringing innovation to the fore. The 2014 Young Guns list celebrates the country’s entrepreneurial endeavours in all its glory.”

Natasha Frangos, partner and head of creative, media & technology at haysmacintyre, added: “There is now such a wealth of talent in the Young Guns network with over 360 alumni. It is great to be part of an awards programme that really does recognised the best of British talent.”

“As supporters of the Young Guns for the last eight years it’s been exciting to see the scheme evolve and develop into more than an awards programme as it has become a fantastic community of hugely successful entrepreneurs.”

View the full list of 2014 Young Guns and their profiles here.



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