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Voting will close at midnight on 7th October, so you have just over two weeks to cast your vote in the semi-finals. We’ll then announce the finalists in preparation for on the night voting at The SPARKies on 14th OctoberMake sure you grab a ticket to see who takes home the prize!

Check out all 6 nominees and the reasons they were nominated below the voting form (in alphabetical order).
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Bunk

From nomination: Bunk is completely re-writing the property sector from renting to managing. Where we live affects every single one of us and Bunk is on a mission to improve one of the most important sectors in people’s lives.

A bad relationship between landlord and tenant can make your everyday living situation a nightmare. Bunk provides a tenant facing app so tenants are more in control of their living situation – they can safety know their rent, deposits, maintenance requests and communication with the landlord is prioritised by renting with Bunk.

Bunk’s open banking technology and slick UI has enabled landlords and large development companies to manage their properties like never before being able to choose a white-labelled product or Bunk’s original platform.
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Cotham Technologies

From nomination: “Cotham Technologies is a software technology company headquartered in Bristol, UK that commercially launched in 2016. The company has sales offices in Europe and presence in the USA through strategic partners. 

Until now, building an app has been a complex or costly procedure, outsourced to only the most technologically literate. Cotham Technologies has revolutionised the market with an instant solution called FloPro, powered by its innovative patent pending FloFrame technology.

FloPro, is a breakthrough no-code platform that reinvents native mobile app development transforming build time from months to days, reducing solution costs and unleashing high impact mobile user experiences. It is the pre-eminent and only native app builder which provides for best in breed mobile experiences and extends self-service application development to the smartphone itself.

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Huboo Fulfilment 

From nomination: “Huboo is a leading tech company headquartered in Bristol. They have solved the complex fulfilment problem with its full stack software solution, democratising eCommerce by lowering barriers to entry for small businesses and SMEs so they can compete on a global scale with larger merchants and enterprises.

Its operating system combines inventory, channel, warehouse, and courier management systems alongside a real-time billing dashboard, all owned and developed by our 50+ and growing tech squad based in Bristol. Its award-winning tech team will be increasing to 350+ across Europe by the end of 2022.

Its headless ops model enables them to scale globally at pace, with recent openings in Eindhoven and future plans to open fulfilment centres in Spain, Germany and further afield. The software driven approach and unique Hub Model (data driven micro-warehouses within warehouses) means that it takes just six weeks from warehouse agreement to full operations, no other fulfilment provider can match this. By the end of 2022, they will have the largest fulfilment network in Europe.

Its mission is to take the friction out of growing, creating the only pan-product, pan-channel, pan-country full stack software solution for eCommerce sellers of all sizes. It’s eCommerce for all.

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Neighbourly 

From nomination: “Neighbourly is a multi award-winning B-corp certified community investment and engagement platform, connecting businesses with thousands of local good causes to make a positive and measurable impact in our neighbourhoods.

Companies including M&S, Lidl, Heineken, Aldi, B&Q, Danone, Samsung, Penguin and Innocent use Neighbourly to donate volunteer time, funds and surplus products to causes across the UK and Ireland, through CSR and marketing initiatives.

In the last 6 years Neighbourly has:

  • Built and grown an online community of over 17,000 local good causes across the UK and Ireland – including community groups, youth clubs, mental health charities, food banks and more – digitally linking them to funding, surplus food and products and employee volunteers all in one place.
  • Enabled companies to redistribute over 58.5 million meals worth of surplus food and 637 tonnes of surplus products, saving a total of over 91kT of CO2.
  • Facilitated the donation of £13.6M and 72,300 hours of employee volunteering.
  • Developed a rapid response to the Covid-19 pandemic with the launch of the Neighbourly Community Fund in March 2020 – raising £1.2M from eight corporate partners which was distributed to over 3,100 local good causes as £400 emergency micro-grants. The fund enabled these causes to support over 1 million people in need during a time of unprecedented crisis.
  • Launched Neighbourly’s charitable arm – the Neighbourly Foundation –  which has so far raised over £2.8M from eight corporate partners which is being distributed to good causes tackling a wide range of issues from climate change to food insecurity.

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SEIKK

From nomination: “What if an aspirational lifestyle magazine provided the retail experience of a department store and was uniquely tailored to each customer?

SEIKK is a guide, clubhouse and online department store for active gentlemen rolled into one, underpinned by bespoke technology.

SEIKK aims to become the global leader in the men’s premium active lifestyle space and become a daily source for inspiration and adventure for active gentlemen in the 30-50 age range. SEIKK is a guide, clubhouse and department store rolled into one, underpinned by bespoke technology. Today, brands need a more direct relationship with consumers and the prosaic worlds of retail and publishing need to be disrupted, so we are building SEIKK, the future of online shopping and the lifestyle store of the future.

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Service Robotics 

From nomination: “Service Robotics tackles isolation and improves health outcomes for people and planet.

There are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK alone. “Ageing at home” is impossible without the right support. Social care funding is squeezed in the face of demand for more and better care. There aren’t enough care workers even if there was funding for them.

The goals of Service Robotics are to incorporate user-friendly technology in the delivery of social care, with particular regard to older adults and the challenges they face such as loneliness, social isolation and digital exclusion. We use cutting edge technologies to deliver increased social contact, stimuli, and remote monitoring to enable extended independent living with a better quality of life.

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The People’s Choice award is sponsored by  our friends at Bishop Fleming

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