With recent years seeing a surge in UK entrepreneurship, British start-ups are continuously finding unique ways to revolutionise the traditional business arena. As fledgling companies seek innovative solutions to simplify our increasingly busy lives, classic businesses and services are being remodelled to deliver ultimate ease and convenience. Here are three of the most original UK start-ups, which have used technology and exceptional consumer know-how to transform a conventional service into something quite genius.
Laundry is undoubtedly one of the most time-consuming but necessary chores of everyday life, and whilst dry-cleaning and ironing services have long been on the market, start-up company ZipJet has streamlined the entire process. Founded in November 2014, ZipJet is a mobile, door-to-door London-based dry cleaner which fits entirely around your schedule. The service is both online and app-based, allowing you to choose a convenient time for a “Pickup Pilot” to collect and return your laundry, and offering an extremely fast turnaround of 24 hours. This unique start-up meets the needs of families and businesspeople alike, and has made a tedious, drawn-out process incredibly simple and hassle-free.
Edit Suits Co
Also founded in 2014, Edit Suits Co. occupies a niche space in the ecommerce market, offering made-to-measure menswear in the most convenient way possible. Overcoming the hurdles of cost and inconvenience often associated with traditional tailoring, Edit Suits Co. enables a personal fitting to be arranged via their website, sending an outfitter to meet you at your chosen time and location. Your measurements are then stored online, so that no further fittings are needed; shirts, suits and trousers can then be ordered online as normal. Edit Suits Co. cuts out the expensive middleman, combining traditional tailoring and ecommerce for a highly innovative yet widely accessible one-stop shop for bespoke menswear.
The start-up sphere is not only focused on making our everyday lives less complicated, but is also innovating the way we do business. Signkick is an online platform that enables users to search available outdoor advertising space in various UK locations, transforming an arena that has previously been dominated by larger corporations. Signkick is unique in that it allows you to book as little as one spot of outdoor advertising space, opening up new opportunities for small local companies and individuals.
Simply by signing up online and browsing by location, users can book a specific advertising slot, leaving Signkick to take care of the printing and placement. In true start-up fashion, this highly original enterprise cuts out excessive processes, connecting entrepreneurs of all budgets and sizes to valuable, local advertising space.