Future 100 Winners S-U
Michelle Irving, Co-Founder of Shylowen Horse Pony Sanctuary
Member of National Youth Council Hearbyright giving young people a voice and the capacity to be involved in running an animal welfare organisation. Provides open space and healthy lifestyle to the local community. Vocational activities for local people. Access to horses and ponies to people living in a deprived area creating fulfillment and a sense of wellbeing.
Find out more here, www.shylowen.com
Kellie O’Shea, Co-Founder of Silent Whispers
Silent Whispers is dedicated to improving the health and wellbing of our clients using Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Assisted Learning. We are located in South Sefton, Merseyside in an area where 90% of the SOAs are in the top third most deprived in the UK. We work with children, young people and adults with learning difficulties, mental disabilities, behavioural problems, mental health problems and addictions.
According to the Index of Multiple Deprivation, Sefton falls within the worst 20% districts for almost all indicators , and research suggest an increased rate of mental health and behavioural problems in low income households compared to those in better-off households (1 in 6, compared to 1 in 20). Find out more here, www.silent-whispers.co.uk
Will Snell, Founder of Skills Venture
Skills Venture allows UK business people to provide one-to-one mentoring support to Kenyan entrepreneurs. This focuses on specific practical issues and transferring key business skills. Assignments last for between five days and six months. Mentors are matched with entrepreneurs whose needs correspond to their own professional background. For example, an accountant will work with businesses in need of support on financial planning or book-keeping. There is a focus on reviewing the barriers and opportunities for each specific business. Mentors help entrepreneurs to develop ideas that they themselves may already have had, encouraging them to consider new alternatives or to focus on fewer issues. They are sounding boards, confidants, motivators, and confidence-boosters. In Kenya, we work with ‘micro’ to small businesses, normally with less than five staff, including the business owner and entrepreneur. Find out more here, www.skillsventure.com
Andrea Palluch, Founder of Skin Bistro
Skin Bistro is Victoria Regia’s special range of ready-made luxurious skin care products, packed with high quality organic, natural and fair trade ingredients. Products can be individually tailored, and recipes are adjusted according to season and skin type. Our best seller is the organic castile soap, made purely with organic extra-virgin olive oil.
Find out more here, www.skinbistro.co.uk
Jonas Altman, Founder of Social Fabric
Specialist marketing agency Social Fabric, brings together leading creative thinkers and professionals to provide socially innovative business growth solutions to clients. Working primarily in the creative industries and third sector the agency tailor designs strategies and sustainble practices for lasting and meaningful impact. Our most recent enterprising project is Reboot which acts as a free social business incubator meeting the needs of student and graduate unemployment through empowerment and entrepreneurship.
Find out more here, www.thesocialfabric.com
Laura North, Founder of Speaking Out
Why is Speaking Out different? Because it’s all about being yourself rather than putting on a performance. We help people feel comfortable and confident whether speaking in small meetings to presenting business ideas in big crowds. We believe that a fear of speaking can stop people from progressing in their careers or in entrepreneurial activity. The events and training draw on the informality and inclusiveness of speakers from the social enterprise world. We want to help you feel genuinely comfortable and confident, so you can speak about your thoughts and ideas in any situation. Find out more here, www.speakingoutevents.com
Michelle Gallen, Founder of Talk Irish Ltd
Talkirish.com is an award-winning social learning network that helps adults across the world learn the endangered Irish language. We provide high-quality learning materials including: An Irish language MP3 course for iPhone, iPad and iPod, Audio and Image Irish dictionary, Hugely popular Focal an Lae (word a day) service, SeanFhocal an Lae (proverb a day), Crosfhocal Gaeilge (Irish Crosswords), Wordflash Vocabulary learning game, Interactive quizzes, Member forums, Galleries – with thousands of free audio files, images and PDFs. We’re developing a fabulous online Irish language course – due for release in Winter 2010. Based on the world’s best-selling Irish language coursebook of all time, our Buntús Cainte features beautiful graphics, audio and interactive roleplays to help learners become fluent in basic Irish. Find out more here, www.talkirish.com
Telanorth is a new kind of web development agency. With headquarters in Liverpool, England we’re small enough for you to be not ‘just another customer’ but big enough to turn your ideas into reality. At telanorth, web development isn’t just a job, it’s a passion. We help create social networking sites that will get people logging in every day, or developing a retail site that will get customers to the ‘confirm to buy’ every time, we can help. Find out more here, www.telanorth.com
James Eder, Founder of The Beans Group
The Beans Group started out in 2005 with studentbeans.com, a student lifestyle portal encompassing a unique range of discount vouchers and special offers from some of the UK’s top companies, as well as guidance and advice on all things university related. studentbeans.com was set up by brothers James and Michael Eder, following a brainwave James had whilst at The University of Birmingham. The Group’s portfolio has recently expanded to include a graduate lifestyle portal graduatebeans.com, and hiredbeans.com, a graduate job search engine.
Find out more here, studentbeans.com
Araceli Camargo-Kilpatrick, Founder of The Cube London
THECUBE was opened in September 2009 with the objective of creating innovation amongst entrepreneurs. We stand by certain beliefs; diversity is key to innovation, ideas happen through well fed brains, the more you open up your idea the fresher it will be, business planning is useless, a pivotal change in the economic structure has occurred, diverse collaboration produces unique ideas, and ideas have to solve problems. All of our members come from diverse backgrounds and age group and that is what makes coworking at THECUBE unique. There are engineers, educators, innovators, fashion designers, financial advisors, branding, medical researchers, and PR. The commonality is that people wanting to create a great business, one that is sustainable, innovative, and of its time. Find out more here, www.thecubelondon.com/
The Design Academy is a London based organisation that provides multimedia workshops for students. Our workshops include website design, photography, filmmaking and T-shirt printing. The aim of the workshops is to promote innovation and creativity through practical based learning. As a company we aim to ensure that all students, regardless of background, have unprecedented access to the latest technologies and are thus able to use it to their full potential. www.thedesignacademy.co.uk
Hermione Taylor, Founder of The Do Nation
Hermione Taylor, Founder of The Do Nation What’s the DoNation all about? It’s about doing. It’s about action. It’s about creating a brighter, greener, healthier and more sustainable nation. And it’s about having fun, together. It’s sponsorship, with a twist. It’s about sharing great ideas in a positive, inspiring and motivational way; and it’s about supporting your friends with meaningful action, sharing their challenge yet not parting with a penny.
And finally, yes, it’s about the environment. It’s about sustainability. It’s about climate change. But there’s enough gloomy chat about that around, so we’re not here to dwell on the depressing stuff. We’re here to get inspired & to be proactive, so jump right in and get stuck in to some positive solutions. www.thedonation.org.uk
Tom Morgan, Founder of The League of Adventurists International
The Adventurists mastermind no-holds barred adventures that raise huge buckets of cash for charity. From our first adventure the Mongol Rally, now one of the biggest road rallies in the world, we have expanded to stage the longest horse race in the world across the Mongolian Steppe, the Rickshaw Run which thunders across India in 3 wheeled tuk tuks and the Mototaxi Junket which see teams of brave fools taking on the Andes in a motorbike strapped to a sofa.
Every adventure we organise raises money for charities in the regions we travel through. It’s really important that all our adventures give back to the communities who host them. And it’s proved to be an excellent way to raise funds and for charities to gather support from traditionally difficult demographics. To date the adventures have raised over £2.7 million for charity, a figure which is rising all the time and our next goal is to hit the £10 million mark. We are busy expanding our range of adventures and will be releasing a raft of new trouble for people to get themselves into in the coming year.
Find out more here, www.theadventurists.com
Vanessa Sayauke, Founder of The Rafiki Network
The Rafiki Network was created in response to high levels of gun and knife crime and negative representation and media coverage of young people. The Rafiki Network is a Leadership & Mentoring scheme that works with young people aged between 11-18 years of age. We provide individual mentors who work with these young students on a 1-2-1 basis. They have a portfolio that they have to complete at the end of the programme and 5 hours voluntary service in their community to encourage and teach leadership skills. We facilitate workshops and assemblies for schools and youth organisations where we teach key & life skills. Topics include: identity, self-esteem and relationships, money management, networking & communication skills, presentation skills, revision techniques, dealing with challenges & peer pressure and career and higher education options and environmental and social issues.
We are a company that provides support and training for young people who need it within many schools, colleges, pupil referral units and other youth offending teams. We have on occasions also trained and mentored pupils who schools feel have the potential to do well and want them to have extra training and support. We also provide motivational speaking, assemblies and training sessions and workshops for year groups. Find out more here, www.therafikinetwork.co.uk
Duncan Clendinning, Found of The Thoughtful Bread Company
Leaving my job as a well-paid freelance web designer to set up The Thoughtful Bread Company has changed my life. From our humble beginnings almost two years ago when my head baker and I were working round the clock to grow the business in tiny bakery premises, we have now grown to become a multi-award winning artisan bakery, based in a 1200sq ft purpose-built premises. I now employ 6 staff and are turnover has trebled to over £150K in the last few months alone.
Whilst we are growing day by day to meet the huge demand there is for the range of bread and other products that you’d find hard to find in any other bakery, I am proud to say we have hung on to the pillars on which I founded the business: a wholeheartedly healthy approach, from minimising our impact on the environment to championing local suppliers and genuinely caring for my staff and the community that supports us in everything we do.
To have been named as one of the “Ones to watch” back in 2008 by Striding Out’s Future 100 programme was really exciting. To have been named as one of the Future 100 Winners this year is a huge honour as I find myself in really good company with the movers and shakers of the ethical, eco businesspeople of the country, and it feels good!
Find out more here, www.thethoughtfulbreadcompany.com
Lauren Craig, Founder of Thinking Flowers?
Thinking Flowers? A social enterprise delivering an ethical floral design and consultancy service that combines high impact installation art with low impact floristry solutions to encourage a sustainable cut flower industry. Our pioneering floral donation service donates to organisations such as Social Enterprise London, Red Ochre, The Connection and London Community Resource Network. Other services include holistic floral design courses, green waste disposal and styling for all occasions. Clients Include – Tate Modern, Eden Project and special projects such as a floral installation for the Obama Inauguration celebration at the House of Commons.
Find out more here, www.thinkingflowers.org.uk
Gavin Lawson, Founder of THTC
THTC has been producing activist t-shirts for 11 years, often giving commissions of sales to charities such as The Big Issue, Burma Campaign UK and The Angola 3. We use hemp and carbon neutral organic cotton, with water based screen printing techniques, and recycled paper and card for our promotional materials. We are a founding member of the ‘Ethical Fashion Forum’ and ‘See What You Are Buying Into’, and came runner up in the 2005 ‘Observer Ethical Awards’ and the 2008 ‘Re:Fashion Awards’ for best fashion product. The range is worn by hundreds of urban artists, actors and activists, including Benjamin Zephaniah, Beardyman, Danny Dyer, Sinitta, Newton Faulkner, Damon Albarn, Goldie, Woody Harrelson and Mark Thomas.
THTC was the first organic product to be stocked into Virgin Megastores and TKMaxx and have successfully helped to bring ethical fashion to the mainstream. We focus on creating activists instead of selling to an existing market. Our t-shirt prints highlight and spread awareness about over fishing, slavery, fast food, political prisoners, water shortages, fair trade and organic farming. Find out more here, www.thtc.co.uk
We are a UK based training and community regeneration company that has worked on innovative national and transnational projects. Trescom recognises and pursues high quality and excellence in service delivery as a minimum. We ensure that high satisfaction underpins our activities and approach and as such we consciously recruit employees, consultants and partner organisations that will maximise the value for and satisfaction of our clients.
Set up in 2001 with a mission to “engage, empower and train hard to reach communities to help tackle social inclusion issues”. We have done so and will carry on adhering to this mission. Today, we still achieve our social objectives through innovative training, community engagement projects, social enterprise support, policy work and research. As such we have continued to achieve our mission enabling the people we work with to gain skills and opportunities that enhance their lives. Find out more here, www.trescomresearch.co.uk
Steve Lawy, Founder of Umi Hotels
Umi is a ‘luxury budget’ hotel group with two UK properties and one in Moscow. The company philosophy is to offer a 5* service at 3* prices and Umis unwavering commitment to value for money is carried through by all members of the hotel team. Umi London has 117 bedrooms, a bar and restaurant which can be divided into three conference spaces and a coffee shop. Umi Brighton has 77 bedrooms, two conference rooms, a coffee shop, a bar and a restaurant with private dining area. The Petrovka Laft in Moscow has ten bedrooms and will be undergoing expansion to 64 bedrooms in 2011. Find out more here, www.umihotels.com
Octavia Goredema, Founder of Twenty Ten Club
The Twenty Ten Club is a business networking organisation. The company’s ethos is to connect, inspire and support Black female entrepreneurs.Founded in March 2010 by Octavia Goredema, the Twenty Ten Club provides first-hand business development support for members via monthly meet ups in central London. Members are committed to sharing experiences, networks and learning from each other.
Twenty Ten Club members are up-and-coming entrepreneurs from a variety of industries including beauty, fashion, lifestyle, professional services, media and the charitable/community sector. In addition to the monthly meet ups, Twenty Ten Club also profiles the success stories of leading and emerging Black businesswomen via a regularly updated series of interviews published online at www.twentytenclub.com.
Recent interviewees include Alice Gbelia, founder of Catch a Vibe, Jessica Huie, founder of ColorBlind Cards and Kanya King, founder of the MOBO Organisation. In 2011 the Twenty Ten Club is set to expand with the launch of monthly meet ups around the UK and the introduction of a mentoring programme matching teen girls with successful Black female business owners.
Maame Baryeh, Founder of Untold Design CIC
Untold Design CIC is a collaboration of newly emerging designers and artists, all have encountered the same barriers when venturing into the big wide world of design- Untold talent yet no platform, this organisation aims to provide the means by which creatives can announce their art to the world. Whether it be fashion, textiles, accessories, art, photography, all will combine to create an aura of inspirational, directional and creative genius that is as yet Untold. Find out more here, www.un-told.co.uk
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