action plan competition 2017

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Previous winners

November 2016 – Lick Frozen Yogurt

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Lick is a UK based frozen yogurt brand, famous in its field for opening the first froyo shop in the UK and then developing the world’s only frozen yogurt which is made entirely from yogurt (other brands can only reach a maximum of around 70% yogurt).

Lick brand goes beyond yogurt, we also release music on our record label, and actively support grass roots environmental campaigns (most recently, Lick raised thousands of pounds for bee hives in Brighton).

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June 2016 – Klik2Learn

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Klik2learn is a digital design company that specialises in education. We produced the first ever fully-digital SQA qualification and we work with education and training organisations to create blended learning content and courses for the digital native generation.

Our clients include colleges, universities, awarding bodies and skills training providers. We can provide anything from short, vocational courses to a fully-digital qualification using our e-assessment system.

Our team can add value to any organisation which needs to deliver high quality, cost-effective, scalable, engaging learning.

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January 2016 – Charles Farris

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Charles Farris was founded 170 years ago in Bishopsgate to provide candles for the people and institutions of London. Over the years it has developed to become one of the main manufacturers and suppliers of candles to the Church.

This manufacturing continues to flourish and develop in our factory in Mere, Wiltshire, and building on our heritage, experience and artisanship, we decided to develop a scented range of candles and reed diffusers, which we launched in 2015.

We subscribe to the British and European candle-makers’ standards in raw materials, candle safety and testing methods to bring to our customers the finest candles.

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January 2016 Final Report >>


Other finalists:

November 2016

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Asperato Payment Systems, London – multi-currency payment processing provider

Blossoms Syrup, High Wycombe – produces syrups for the on-trade including 3 Michelin Starred restaurants and M&S

Camberwell Plant Hire, London – provides plant equipment, tool hire, storage and maintenance

Flora Harrison, London – designs top quality handbags and footwear

The Ingenious Air Company, Basildon – provides draft-free air conditioning offering for offices and homes

Lancaster Brewery, Lancaster – one of the largest micro-breweries in the North West of England

Pasta Foods, Great Yarmouth – the UK’s only dry pasta producer which supplies manufacturers across the globe

Polkadoodles, York – create and produce fun craft products for all the family

Read the full November 2016 Final Report.

June 2016

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A & R House Ltd, Somerset – produces raw materials for plant extractions

Business Development Midlands Ltd, Birmingham – provides specialist training for professionals and businesses

Cherith Harrison Ltd, Edinburgh – produces British animal-inspired gifts

Ops&Ops, Shoreditch – designs and produces 60s inspired footwear

Pop-ettes Ltd, Sussex – produces fun and original origami animal characters for greeting cards and gifts

PREA Ltd ®, Manchester – leading global consultancy specialising in the polymer chemicals and manufacturing industry

Prickly Thistle Scotland Ltd, Culbokie – designs and produces bespoke tartans inspired by individuals’ heritage

The Medical Stock Image Company, Surrey- aims to enhance the quality and availability of medical imagery through only using certified medical artists

West Berkshire Brewery, Berkshire – renowned for its award-winning range of traditional cask ales

Read the full June 2016 Final Report.

January 2016

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Two Little Boys, London – produces gifts and books for all the family

Funky Feet, Leicestershire – produce original multi-sensory and educational music and movement resources

Intrepid Brewing, Derbyshire – brewery producing fearlessly tasteful craft beer

Lifeline 24, Norwich – produces a personal alarm service

Opal Health, Birmingham – produces quick, efficient, hygienic alternative to traditional hospital cubicle curtains.

Prison Voicemail, Norfolk – social venture using technology to improve communication channels between prisoners and the outside world.

Special iApps, County Durham – educational apps for children with special needs

Turtle Tots, Bristol – produces baby and toddler swimming classes

Read the full January 2016 Final Report or read more about the finalists in these case studies

If you have any questions about the Action Plan competition, please get in touch with us at actionplan@opentoexport.com.