Startups.co.uk has revealed its 2013 Startups 100, an annual list of innovative and growing new businesses launched within the three years previous, with bfa Supplier and franchise marketing specialist Coconut Media making the cut at number 65.
To be considered for the list, companies must be UK-based and privately-owned, have launched on or after 1 January 2010, and, for the first time this year, there was a cap of 30 employees for eligibility. Entrants are judged by the Startups team against a host of criteria, but primarily for innovation, impressive financials and growth potential.
“We’re thrilled to make the top 100. Coconut Media has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years thanks to the hard work of our great Coconutty team,” says Sally Butters, Coconut’s director of media.
With 186 entrepreneurs in this year’s list, ranging from 24 to 68 year olds, and a range of business types from food and drink companies (the most popular industry in the index with 12 companies) to game-changing tech start-ups, the 2013 list celebrates British business diversity and brilliance.
Startups editorial director, Ian Wallis, commented: “This list reeks of diversity and brilliance. Some of the start-up ideas and the way in which they’ve been executed show business is never a closed shop – an incredibly heartening message for anyone starting a business. And for consumers and businesses alike it all leads to far more choice.
“What is perhaps most staggering is that within just three years the companies that form this list share an average turnover of over £700,000 and employ 11 people. Just imagine what these innovators and driven entrepreneurs are doing for the British economy.
“And if we hadn’t – with an employee cap – sought to unearth some great undiscovered gems and hadn’t chosen some high potential, pre-revenue start-ups those figures could have been more astounding. We expect great things of our winners and past experience suggests that’s precisely what we’ll get.”
Against stiff competition, this year’s winners join an illustrious Startups 100 alumni, including Notonthehighstreet.com, Huddle, Naked Wines, Hailo and Fetch.