Award-winning lone worker safety solution StaySafe Business is an app and cloud-based monitoring service that turns your smartphone into a safety device. Launched in 2014, it now has over 80 business clients including Countrywide, Ericsson and Huawei (>1500 potential users per business). Backed by an experienced board and investors, StaySafe is looking to increase its market share in the £3 billion lone worker security industry.
som saa is a Thai restaurant soon to open in London. Having operated a critically and publically acclaimed pop-up in London fields since October, som saa estimate they have served over 14,000 customers and are now planning to settle in a prime permanent location. Described as a ‘thrill-ride for the senses’ by the Guardian, som saa seeks to be the first and only destination Thai restaurant in London and is led by veterans of Thai cuisine.
HOCHANDA, the “Home Of Crafts Hobbies AND Arts”, has launched its new TV shopping channel on Sky, Freeview, Freesat and IPTV. Formed by a team who have successfully built and sold similar businesses to achieve a significant market share in the growing £3.4bn UK craft, hobby and art market, the offering provides enthusiasts and trade suppliers with an opportunity to invest and own shares in HOCHANDA enjoying exclusive shareholder benefits.
Mara produces an award-winning range of shake-on seaweed seasonings – healthy salts – marketed as "Flavours of Scotland". Best Producer Finalist in 2015 BBC Food & Farming Awards, Mara® launched in Harrods in 2014 and is now on sale in M&S nationwide. Filling the Western demand for high flavour, healthy salt alternatives, Mara is now making inroads into the Asian market, where seaweed is part of the daily diet.
Outrivals (formerly know as Fitmibody) is driving an innovative fitness training movement which combines personal coaching and the benefits of a group fitness class environment to make affordable, tailored training available to everyone. Already attracting a user base of over 750, and operating 5 dedicated Outrivals Trainers, this investment will allow the opening of a dedicated flagship East London Studio.
A Suit That Fits believes the bespoke experience should be available to many, offering quality tailored garments at high street prices, with studios all over the UK (and internationally). This vertically integrated operation, made a net profit of 185k in 2014 and has produced more suits than Savile Row annually. The team includes Simon Calver (CEO - Lovefilm, Mothercare) and Gi Fernando (Investor - City Mapper)
ZigZag provides a Software based solution to help ecommerce retailers manage international returns. By linking together retailers with warehouses and couriers, ZigZag can distribute products to where the demand is, and resell product locally without the need to ship goods back around the world. Return rates are up to 40% of all ecommerce in markets such as Germany, and ZigZag is an early mover with well established retail connections.
Cape Fisheries, which developed a sustainable and profitable fishing community operation in the Western Cape region of South Africa, has been dissolved.
Powered Now aims to help the Field Services industry computerise their sales and administration processes. Powered Now ‘s solution takes away the paperwork burden, enabling field trade companies to easily record and produce everything needed on mobile devices. The easy to use, automatically backed up solution saves time, should win more business and means the companies get paid faster. It will be charged for on a subscription basis.
MonetaFlex has been dissolved.
Kwiziq is an A.I. language coach that helps people learn a second language. It learns what students know, don't know and have mis-learned and gives them personalised lessons, recommendations and practice exercises perfectly suited to their needs, helping them to perfect their language skills faster than ever. We believe now is the perfect time to raise money so that we can accelerate R&D and begin expanding our products and supported languages.
Our bridgehead product ‘OmniO Rider’ (former working title – Little Rider), is a new design for a stroller with form and functionality which we believe is unique in the sector. OmniO Rider is designed to offer convenient portability to parents of active pre-school children aged from six months to 22kg (approx. 5 yrs), whilst providing children with a comfortable and safe environment to sit and rest. OmniO will be one of the lightest (less than 6kg), most compact 50 x 40 x 20 cm when folded and portable strollers on the market.
Stockflare's aim is to give everyone the tools they need to be a better investor through innovative tools and analysis. In less than 8 months with virtually no marketing, there are over 10,000 monthly active users across the world. The Team includes Shane Leonard (Citigroup), Jonathan & David Kelley (Just-Eat), Kate Simon (Marketing Director, Transferwise), Martin Campbell (Virgin Money) and Richard Ireland (Egg, Zopa).
Big Sofa is a technology platform for managing visual content. Video and images are at the heart of modern life, and Big Sofa seeks to provide the tools to curate, manage and use visual content across any language, on any device, in any country. With clients such as British Airways, Volkswagen & Unilever, Big Sofa is led by veterans of the marketing industry from Avon Cosmetics, lastminute.com and the former CEO of Research International (TNS). Big Sofa initiated a realisation for its investors prior to a listing on AIM Market in 2016. Investor returns were at a lower valuation than the initial investments.
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