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UK – October 15, 2015 – The finalists for the App of the Year and the Tech Business of the Year categories at the 12th annual Startups Awards have been announced.

The finalists in contention for the App of the Year title are:

  • Minicabit, London (EC1A)
  • Appy Parking, London (EC2A)
  • Dice, London (E1)
  • Hopster, London (SE16)
  • Matchpint, London (W1W)
  • Whisk, Birmingham

And the nominees for the Tech Business of the Year Award are:

  • Roc Technologies, Newbury, Berkshire
  • Purple Bricks, Solihull, West Midlands
  • Flubit, London (E1)
  • Zerolight, Gateshed, Newcastle
  • Gnatta, Bury, Manchester
  • Commuter Club, London (SW9)

Sponsored by the UK’s favourite business insurance broker Simply Business and organised by, the number one website for start-ups and small businesses, the Awards recognise the success of Britain’s newest businesses which have been trading for four years or less.

The judges were impressed by the ambition and ability demonstrated by all twelve businesses in both prestigious categories. 

Minicabit is the mini-cab and taxi booking app, Appy Parking is a parking app providing helpful parking services, while Dice is a ticketing app, which offers access to the best gigs.

Fellow App of the Year nominees are Hopster, a pre-school app complete with educational games, Matchpint the UK’s number one pub finding app and Whisk, a digital shopping list and recipe finder app founded by former Apprentice contestant Nick Holzherr.

Tech Business of the Year nominees include Roc Technologies, a managed IT services provider, Flubit an online platform for customers to find competitive prices for anything on the market and Purple Bricks the world’s first 24/7 estate agency.

Joining the finalists are Zerolight, the creator of the world’s most advanced car configurator, Gnatta the software platform that intergrates all social media into one single interface, and Commuter Club a peer-to-peer lender for public transport tickets.

A panel of 24 leading entrepreneurs and businesspeople will now whittle the shortlist down to one outstanding, award–worthy, company.

This year’s judging panel boasts a stellar line up, including Dragons’ Den star Touker Suleyman, much-loved British designer Cath Kidston MBE, Elizabeth Varley co‐founder and CEO of TechHub and co-founder Holly Tucker MBE, as well as Joe Scarboro head of entrepreneur relations at TechCity UK, JUST EAT CEO David Buttress and Simon Franks, co-founder of LOVEFiLM

With the Startups Awards 2015 more popular than ever before, receiving a 40% increase in entries compared to last year, the judges face a tough task indeed.

While each of these companies dreams of taking home a prestigious Startups Award when the winners are announced on 27 November, they also hope to be named People’s Champion, an award voted for by the general public.

David Lester, founder of, comments: “Congratulations to all the businesses on being named as finalists at the Startups Awards 2015 – that is no mean feat!

“The start-up talent in the UK at the moment is of exceptionally high quality. I am proud that the Startups Awards gives these outstanding businesses a platform to grow from, and I look forward to celebrating their successes in November.”

Startups Awards 2015 sponsors include: Simply Business, Nominet, Big Red Cloud, The Made Simple Group, haysmacintyre, RBS and Experian.

To view the full shortlist, please visit

– ENDS –


  • App of the Year
  • Tech Business of the Year – sponsored by Nominet
  • Innovative Business of the Year – sponsored by RBS
  • Franchisee of the Year
  • Service Business of the Year – sponsored by Big Red Cloud
  • Product Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by The Made Simple Group
  • Venture Funded Business of the Year – sponsored by haysmacintyre
  • Lean Start-up of the Year
  • Crowdfunded Business of the Year
  • Women in Business Award
  • Export Business of the Year – sponsored by Experian
  • Retail Business of the Year
  • People’s Champion (voted for by the public)
  • Simply Business Startups Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Simply Business


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To be eligible to enter businesses must have been trading no earlier than August 1 2011, must be privately owned and based in the UK.

ABOUT STARTUPS.CO.UK is the number one website for start-ups and small businesses. Established in 2000, it is specifically designed to answer any start-up business questions a user may have, as well as boasting an extremely active forum where readers can exchange ideas. Startups’ popularity continues to increase with small business owners and new businesses consistently rating as the UK’s leading source of information for entrepreneurs.

Simply Business
Simply Business are the headline sponsor of the Startups Awards 2015 and the UK’s largest online business insurance broker. Right at the heart of the start-up community, they work with customers to enable progress and drive success, while providing a hub for specialist knowledge, support and on the pulse news reports.

Experian is a credit reference agency which works with SMEs to help protect and grow their businesses. Winning new clients and working with different suppliers is exciting for expanding companies, but too often due diligence can be forgotten. Experian’s insight offers an easy and affordable way of finding new businesses to trade with, making you better informed when choosing reliable suppliers or making credit decisions on customers both at home and overseas  

haysmacintyre are a successful firm of Chartered Accountants and tax advisers based in Central London, providing quality accountancy, tax, corporate finance and business advice to entrepreneurs and fast growing businesses. The 25 partners lead a team of 170 staff advising start-ups, fast growing and entrepreneurial businesses, listed companies and social enterprises on a range of commercial and financial challenges. Their professionals work in specific sectors which include creative, media & technology, hospitality, real estate, financial services and social enterprises.

Big Red Cloud
Big Red Cloud is a leading supplier of online account’s software to the small and mid-sized business market. For a low monthly fee of just £10 a month you can join the 35,000 companies using their award winning suite of products.
They believe in giving exceptional value by including, multiple users, telephone, email, live chat support and free access for your accountant.

Nominet is the internet registry services provider for all UK domain names including,, and the newly launched .uk. They operate the national infrastructure, and run the technology behind, the UK internet with millions of businesses and consumers depending on Nominet’s services every day.
Domain names are one of the key building blocks of the internet – the new .uk domain is shorter and sharper and signifies people and businesses based in the UK with a global outlook – the ideal platform and online address for a new, digitally-savvy generation.

The Made Simple Group
The Made Simple Group offer business products and services to start-up companies and small businesses. Founded in 2002, they now run more than 8 websites providing services such as Company Formations, Virtual Offices, Mail Forwarding, Business Training, Tax Returns, Company Credit Reports and Business and Legal Documents. As the name suggests they believe in keeping things simple, which is how they have successfully formed over 350,000 companies.

Founded in Edinburgh in 1727, RBS provides financial products and services to personal, commercial, corporate and institutional customers. RBS understands that small businesses play an integral part to the country’s economy and believes it’s important to support the growth of start-up businesses. The “Innovative Business of the Year” is an exciting category and it’s important to support British innovation wherever possible.    

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