Future 100 Winners P-R
Stephen Fitzpatrick, was so fed up dealing with large energy companies with complicated, expensive and confusing tariffs he decided to start his own. A big step. Especially as Stephens background wasnt in the energy business. But that meant he didnt start with any preconception of how things are normally done. Just a vision on how things should be done.
In Stephens words: I just couldnt understand why the energy business was so complex and service so poor. Everyone kept telling me it wouldnt be possible for someone outside of the industry to come in and make energy cheaper, greener and simpler. Im very pleased to have proved them wrong!
Its because Stephen was thinking like a customer that the business is built around the idea of making your life as simple as possible. Thats what makes dealing with us so much easier and nicer. With Ovo everything is more straightforward and our UK based customer service team are always on hand to help. Were open and honest and we do everything we can to keep our prices low, while still offering more renewable energy in our standard tariff than other energy providers. Find out more here, www.ovoenergy.com
Wholesale organic clothing by Rapa Nui aims to promote the ethical and environmental friendly alternatives to high street clothing among businesses and the wider corporate world, using natural organic fabrics to create customised clothing in a factory powered by renewable energy with the entire product supply chain audited by the fair wear foundation to ensure every worker gets a fair wage, clean and safe working conditions and the right to union representation, meaning it’s not just better for the planet but for the people on it too.
Find out more here, www.wholesaleorganicclothing.net
RateMyPlacement.co.uk specialises in the growing demand for work experience amongst undergraduates, universities and employers. The website and subsequent business has grown organically from an idea that came about between friends at Loughborough University whilst on our own placement years and internships in 2006 and has since grown into a fully fledged business.
It is this first hand knowledge and experience of the student placement and internship process, aligned with our dedicated to relevant, up-to-date, student generated content that has allowed us to identify and fill a growing gap in the market and understand the needs of our users and clients. Find out more here, www.ratemyplacement.co.uk
Sat Singh, Founder of Renaissance Foundation
Sat started the Foundation while still at School, after facing difficulties with his health & dyslexia. New ways of accessibility to education was an area where he wanted to make a difference. Satwinder was awarded the Anne Frank Award in 2007 by the Anne Frank trust for his work with the Foundation. Since then, the foundation has continued to grow. Highlights include sending a delegation to the 2007 UN Peace Ceremony in New York, and creating an ongoing project with the Nobel Peace Institute in Norway. The Renaissance Education Foundations core values include inspiring young people, raising awareness about world citizenship and people fulfilling their potential. Find out more here, www.renaissancefoundation.org.uk
ResponsibleIT CIC tackles youth unemployment by providing a 1-3 year I.T. Apprenticeship to people aged 16-24. Our mission is to help young people with a passion and talent for I.T. start a successful career. Our vision is we will be as successful as Jamie Olivers’ 15 Foundation has been with chefs, but with young aspiring I.T. engineers.
Half an Apprentices’ time is spent providing I.T. support to home users and charities; the rest of their time is spent studying towards: an NVQ level 2 in Customer Service; and achieving the 7 Microsoft exams you need to pass to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). Once they have their MCSE and 1-3 years commercial experience providing I.T. support we recruit them out to companies in need of a good junior I.T. engineer.
We aim to be self-sustaining in 2011, with our primary income coming from providing I.T. support to home users, charities and other Third Sector organisations in London. ResponsibleIT CIC also recycles old computers into poor housing and the Third Sector. Find out more here, www.responsibleit.co.uk
Rewardrobe is the brainchild of Veronica Crespi, a fashion insider with impeccable Italian taste and an all-round knowledge of the British fashion market. After graduating in Communication Studies with Fashion and in Fashion Styling in Bologna and Milan, Veronica began her career as a Fashion Trends Researcher, working between Italy and London. At Rewardrobe, we are passionate about wardrobe solutions. Well make your closet breathe new life and your clothes look like never before! The clue is in the name: we promise you a wardrobe rethink and a style revamp. In one word: a Rewardrobe! Find out more here, www.rewardrobe.eu
Alan Ramsay, Founder Roots and Wings CIC
Roots and Wings C.I.C is a design consultancy that provides two main services; Community workshops, and Graphic Design.
We deliver creative community workshops in animation, art, music and creative writing to disadvantaged sections of our immediate communities (predominantly the East-End of Newcastle- amongst the 10% most deprived Wards in England according the IMD). We also provide design services in the form of websites, logos and innovation consultancy to local projects and local businesses with a green or community ethos (profits made from this are reinvested into our community work).
We don’t see these as distinct activities. We apply design thinking to problems, be they in business or society, tackling them with creative solutions using a multi-disciplinary approach. Our core team is made up of an artist, a creative writer, a musician, a designer and a digital media aficionado.
We’re also passionate about local creative talent, we employ it in our community workshop and design teams, and we support and showcase it through our music studio, our pop up gallery and the events we run.
Find out more here, www.newcastlerootsandwings.com/
Peter Shilton, Founder of Roscoe Studios CIC
Roscoe Studios CIC is a unique, independent music centre based in Liverpool City Centre. Our services include professional rehearsal / recording facilities and audio production services. We implement an open-door policy for our services which allows for a wide range of musicians within our current user group ranging from complete beginners to international touring artists. Given our not-for-profit status these services are offered a price significantly lower than equivalent services offered in a purely commercial capacity despite being of professional industry standard. Find out more here,www.roscoestudios.co.uk
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