Why Apply

Being the winner of a Future 50 or Future 5 award means that you become part of the Future 100 programme which can bring a  range of benefits to you and your business:-

  • It can boost your personal confidence
  • It can raise your media profile
  • It can secure you media presence
  • It can bring you new partnerships
  • It can bring you new business
  • Increase customer confidence

All Future 50 award winners receive:

  • An invite to a Future Awards celebration event being held at Ernst & Young offices on 23 May 2013  
  • An invite to join the Ernst & Young’s Accelerate network and access to events which encourage networking, learning and sharing 
  • A one to one digital coaching session with a Designated Striding Out coach
  • Access to networking and training opportunities throughout the year provided by Striding Out and our partners.

The Future 5 will each be matched with an experienced Accelerate mentor to support their future development

Check out what previous winners have to say….

Joanne Dewberry, founder of Charlie Moos.

“The Future award was the first award I have won, and since then I have been shortlisted and won a few more. Winning a Future award gave me the confidence to take the next steps forward, not only entering more awards but knowing that my business was a good idea.”

Tom Chance, Founder of Giveacar

“It was great to win. I actually got featured in the Times with a decent sized article. The journalist said he found out about me after looking through the Future  awards. Very handy.”

Vanessa Augustus, Founder of Social Solutions Academy

“I think the Future 100 is  fantastic! I was listed as an winner in 2009 in the early stages of setting up my social enterprise. This early recognition helped me to realise my early efforts were worth continuing. As we grow The Future Award will always be listed as an achievement I am very proud of.”

Anna Freedman, Founder of Wholefood Harmony

“The Future 100 has given Wholefood Harmony and I a unique appeal. People notice our award and feel immediately assured, intrigued and drawn to our offering. Thank you for recognising our work and facilitating others to notice us too!”

Jeni Banks, Founder of May Fifteen

“Being named one of the ‘Future 100’ was a great boost for me and my business. It resulted in some fantastic PR in the region and installed confidence in my clients. I would definatly recommend young people in business get involved as it’s a brilliant way to raise your profile, make new contacts and boost customer confidence.”

Rob Drake-Knight, co-founder of Rapanui

We have had lots of interest because of our involvement in Striding Out and the Future 100, and gained customers and PR contacts too. We’ve been introduced to many useful schemes and we’re hoping to take advantage of the Future Jobs Fund to employ new recruits, which was introduced to us by Striding Out.


Jane Burston, co-founder of Carbon Retirement

Striding Out has been a real help for us.  Through our listing in the Future 100  we met new clients.  We have also been discovered on the list by the media and been included in other features including the Real Business Top 30 Young Entrepreneur List and Red Magazine Top Under 30 Young Professionals List . We love the newsletters, which are stuffed full of invaluable hints and tips, and have benefited hugely from marketing and sales coaching we took up with them.

Ali Clabborn, Founder of Liftshare

Working with Striding out has been fantastic and to be named a ‘Future award winner was a bonus. , We really value our relationship with Striding Out – in particular the extremely good training they have provided for us in social media and management training. The trainers have been genuine experts in their fields and have challenged, taught, inspired and helped us see things through different eyes.

Claire Watt-Smith, founder of Bobelle

Striding Out has been fabulous for both BoBelle and for me personally. Being one of the Future award winners  was such an achievement. As a result, I have been featured in many publications including The Oxford Times, the Business Review, Red Magazine’s Top 20 Under 30 Young Professionals  List and in Management’s Today Top 35 women under 35 Awards. The PR has helped raise awareness of our brand and given confidence to customers and stockists. It has introduced me to such a wide variety of people and given me such opportunities.  We are now stocked in over 80 shops across the UK. Without Striding Out and the Future 100 I can safely say I would not have made it as far this quickly.

Marissa-Catherine Carrarini, founder of Snowsfields Wellness
Striding Out has been a gold mine. My coach was so thorough when she helped me with my business plan and I felt she genuinely cared – which made me feel more confident and positive. Without her help – I wonder whether I would have got funding from the bank. Since then, the Striding Out talks & events, and Future awards have all helped with my confidence, courage and know-how in making Snowsfields Wellness what it is today and what it will become.


Zoe Stanton and Mary Rose Cook, co-founders of Uscreates

“Uscreates have recently been doing some coaching with a Striding Out coach and I just wanted to feedback how useful we have found the sessions. She has been a really fantastic coach supporting us in developing our own future. It is also evident that she has a great deal of experience, knowledge and expertise that she fed into the sessions. We plan to work with our coach further in the future development of Uscreates as we have found these sessions so useful.”

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