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Start-up Business of the Year

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This category is for companies of any size that have been trading for a year or less.  The finalists will need to show innovation, was there a gap in the market for something new which you identified or does your business offer something new, a bit different or with a twist having a great vision for the future.

 

Billionaires

We are a family friendly smokehouse located in the heart of Kettering, serving a range of smoked meats, all smoked on site, alongside amazing burgers and steaks with an array of wines, lager, cocktails, custom made milkshakes and sundaes, waffles & candy floss.
We also house the largest amount of self-serve frozen yoghurt machines under one roof in the UK and believe we are the first in the world to combine a restaurant with the large range of self-serve dessert options that we offer.
Our dream was to bring something new and exciting to Kettering, supporting the local community and enticing people back into the town and put place offers something for everyone – from young to old – with much more exciting new ideas still to come.

Linnie Fitness

Linnie Fitness is dedicated to helping people achieve their health & fitness goals.

After going through my own body and lifestyle transformation process I was inspired to help others achieve their goals.

Numerous services available via the most certified Personal Trainer in Kettering and the local area.

What makes Linnie Fitness stand out is that I care, and don’t see clients as just another number.

Linogiordano.com

We are a premium, high end fashion brand. All of our designs are custom made and bespoke. We, as a label, create everything from the start to the finish, from the art work on every print (which is then digitally transferred onto the chosen fabrics) right to the construction of the final garment. Our garments are made from luxurious fabrics such as satins and silks. You will not find any of our garments in any high end outlets as they are all are strictly bespoke.

Little Leaves

Little Leaves received our Ofsted approval in September 2018 with lots of preparation and hard work.
The childcare setting itself is run as a childminders by myself Katie and my assistant Charlie. Like other childminders I welcome the children into the comfort of my home meaning they feel comfortable and like an extension to the family however unlike other childminders I run the setting from a purpose built cabin too surrounded by outdoor learning opportunities for the children to include a sun bubble and mud kitchen bursting with authentic items for them to be curious about and be encouraged to use their imagination. We do get outdoors no matter what the weather as everything we choose to do each day is led by the child. Like everyone who starts a new business it has become my 4th baby after having 3 children of my own. Every thing I do I do for my 3 children and my Little Leaves and it shows. I soon filled the vacancies I had available in less than a week originally in September so I had to extend by taking on an assistant. Also within two weeks of announcing her start date we had reached full capacity again. Before our first trading year is over we are hoping to find the right candidate to become my second assistant so we can please some of those on our huge waiting list.

Renaissance Chauffeur Service

We have been operating for 13 months now. Since last year we have built a trust worthy and reliable chauffeur company. We have gained repeat business as well as new business, through out the year we have had fantastic 5 star customer feedback on google and the best of Kettering. We always deliver and over exceed all expectations of what is required from a chauffeur company. We have a fantastic relationship with all of our clients and our service can not be matched by any of our competitors.
Renaissance Chauffeur Service is a dynamic company which provides prestigious chauffeur driven experience to all our clients. We pride ourselves on attention to detail; our highly qualified chauffeurs are polite, courteous and discreet with a genuine passion for excellence. We are centrally located and cover the whole of the UK. We offer a wide range of services including airport, seaport & railway transfers and meet & greet service, business or corporate events, city transfers, sporting events and theatre trips, weddings and special occasions. We treat all of our clients with an unrivalled level of service and importance; whilst delivering a high level of service. We offer a 24 hour a day service, 7 days a week; to and from any UK destination, our service is guaranteed to fit your individual or company requirements.

The Bean Hive

The Bean Hive has been open for 8 months in which time we believe we have bought some much needed colour and style to Kettering High Street. With so many major national retailers leaving the town in the last few years we identified the need for our quirky independent mini department store.. The shop is home to fifteen traders who collectively run the shop. We sell a huge array of gifts, cards, american candy,art, fashion, toys, babywear and vinyls. A visit to The Bean Hive as well as offering a massive choice of products from international, national and local suppliers is a fun experience. We place great importance on the appearance of the shop from its bright pink exterior to the designs that run throughout the shop. We were influenced by the shops we love in London and have attempted to bring a similar style to Kettering. We offer old fashioned customer service and take the time to talk to our customers many of whom have become our friends. We have worked very hard to built up a strong social media presence, essential to succeed in today’s tough retail market. Last month we extended the shop and opened a new shop within the shop called Upstairs at Sweary Marys which is already proving rather popular. In the near future we will be opening our online store which we expect to be as popular as the shop is. The first eight months have been really amazing, bucking the local trend by having really exceptional footfall and consequently outstanding sales. We are fortunate to have a very strong and committed team of traders with fabulous specialist skills between us from social marketing, visual merchandising, building, finance, signwriting, window displays and customer service. Our customers often comment that they are surprised to find a shop like ours in Kettering and that it is good to find a shop that has time to build relationships with customers. We have many events planned both for the shop and for the wider town community over the next few months so watch this space.

The Film Cell

If you love movies and collect film memorabilia, toys and merchandise, particularly Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel and Disney then vote for us.

We opened up our independent shop last July. We worked solidly for a month to Get the shop ready, hanging 1,000 fairy lights across the beams of our shop alone took around 9 hours. We wanted to bring something special to the Borough of Kettering and hope that we have. Everyone that has visited the shop since July seems very impressed. We have created a Dickensian style shopping mall across our 3 rooms and we are looking to expand further and offer even more movie/TV merchandise.

We have done a. Inner of free events over the past year including our grand opening where Star Wars characters made an appearance and movie themed cars were located outside our shop for most of the day. We also did the first Warkton Rock Hunt where we gave away £100’s of prizes. We are now working on our 1st birthday party which will be held at the Warkton Courtyard on 6th July. We are hoping to work with other independent retailers throughout the year. Watch this space.

We have one of the largest selections of Funko POP vinyl figures for sale in the area with around 800 different ones in stock at any time. The 3 rooms in our shop are full of great products from Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Disney, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Pokemon, Dr Who and loads more.

Wheel Marques Ltd

With an investment of over £150k, Wheel Marques has a state of the art alloy wheels facility which is unique to Kettering area. All of the equipment has been purchased locally, and ,many items made in Northamptonshire. Currently employing 3 members of staff and delivery exceptional quality refurbished wheels which are powder coated and expensive diamond cut alloys are resurfaced on a CNC lathe at normally a 10th of the price of a new wheel. The company can also straighten alloy wheels and offers a collection and delivery service. The facilities has a customer friendly environment and the owner has a passion for cars, motorsport and making sure customers are always communicated to via text, images and phone calls. Actively using social media to promote the services and giving real examples of the high quality repair work undertaken. The owner has researched the sector and now has a fantastic market leading, modern and well planned out facility which utilises space and offers the motorist a very cost effective alternative to new wheels. As a new start up business, customers have commented on how professional the company operates, and this is demonstrated through processes and through the high standards of operation.

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