The UK has a small but perfectly formed selection of clever and successful website startups. The origination of these sites is surprisingly broad based, not solely concentrated in London. Cambridge, Edinburgh, Brighton, Manchester, Birmingham and small Welsh villages are home to some of the country’s most successful digital brands.
Below are eight of the finest, most imaginative and successful online startups in the UK.
SongKick, London - On SongKick, visitors can follow their favorite bands and artists. They can see the latest and upcoming concert sites, performance dates and any ticketing information. The site indexes venue websites, ticket vendors and even local newspapers to create a huge database of upcoming concerts wherever they will be held.
Skyscanner, Edinburgh - Skyscanner is a global travel search site. Here, visitors can find instant online comparisons for millions of flights and from more than 1,000 airlines. The site also offers information, availability and pricing for car hires and hotels. Users obtain the best deals. Skyscanner employs more than 30 different nationalities from its offices in Edinburgh and Singapore. The site welcomes 25 million international visitors every month.
Crowd.fm, Manchester – This site serves as a promotion tool for events. Crowd.fm allows promoters to list and select their events across various social media channels, as well as event-specific sites such as SoundCloud, SongKick and Last.fm. Crowd.fm saves the promoter time and expands reach across numerous fan networks. Users track all events to generate attendance and following and to measure their marketing efficiency.
Brandwatch, Brighton – Brandwatch is a social media monitoring system that reads and summarizes web discussions about brands, people and products. The company filters through huge quantities of data, finds and analyses relevant data. The application allows users to define keywords for tracking purposes. This is an excellent tool to analyse the latest online trends and see how competitors are performing.
The Painted House, Wales – Here’s one from Wales. The Painted House explains and demonstrates ways to renovate homes. This highly trafficked site offers tips and videos about painting and restoring houses. The Painted House has a global following.
Every1Mobile, Brighton - Every1Mobile uses mobile social networks to build communities for 15 to 35-year-olds in Africa. The social communities include concentrations on health, education, jobs and entertainment. This is a content-rich information site that improves every day. Based in Brighton with an office in Cape Town, the company recently raised $1.7 million in angel funding and records more than 3 million monthly visits to its sites.
Powered Now, Isle of Wight - Based on a small island off the UK’s South Coast, Powered Now is a mobile admin platform that targets the building trade of plumbers, construction workers, electricians and heating engineers. Members in these trades can send quotes and invoices on-site and off-site, obviating the need to employ expensive administrative personnel.
Digital Shadows, London - Digital Shadows monitors and measures public data that companies and individuals leave online. These "shadows" can be used to expose a company’s key employees, IP or network and security settings. The Spotlight product provides a risk assessment service that scours the Internet. The Digital Shadows team of security analysts works with clients to mitigate the risks of hostile online comments and elements.
As you can see, if you have a clever idea, it can be put to work on the web. The UK enjoys a steady stream of online entrepreneurs who have embraced technology and innovation, so if you've got a plan, get in touch today!
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