You may remember we profiled James Murray Wells who founded Glasses Direct in 2004, aged 22. Well, now a year after winning Growing Business Award 2009: Young Entrepreneur of the Year, his company Glasses Direct has been shortlisted for Growing Business Awards 2010: Young Company of the Year. Companies qualify as young if they have been formed after April 2006.
The prestigious award was one by online pharmacy Chemist Direct, run by Mitesh Soma, in 2009.
The 5 other companies shortlisted are Magmatic, the children's travel products company founded by Rob Law in 2006. The ride-on suitcase, known as the Trunki, is the company’s best-known product.
The next company is Make It Cheaper, the B2B price comparison and switching service primarily concerned with commercial electricity and gas prices.
The third company shortlisted is Intamarque which distributes and exports British food, toiletries and household products. The company already turns over £15m, makes £800,000 a year and what’s more is they only have ten employees.
Phat Pasty founded in 2007 is also shortlisted, this quirky business distributes mid-morning and lunchtime snacks direct to the workplace in retro-style, Phat Pasty-branded vans.
The last shortlisted company is Berkshire-based Interbev which distributes drinks brands to domestic and international wholesalers and retailers.
The awards show will be held at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square on the 25th November. There will be a number of key speakers and young entrepreneurs attending the event (great networking opportunity!) and you can find out more on the Growing Business Awards website.
Good luck James!