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The Atom Collection

We’re all about doing business differently, and we’re not alone.

The UK is home to some amazing entrepreneurs and start-ups who are hell bent on shaking off the norm, disrupting their industries and doing business differently. And boy do we salute them.

In partnership with BQ (our North East neighbours who celebrate and inspire entrepreneurship across the UK to help firms succeed and grow), we’ve been on the lookout for these businesses so we can shine a light on their unique approach to business and feature them in this: The Atom Collection. Here are the movers and shakers, growers and makers we have found so far:

Want to do the festival thing, but haunted by memories of tent-based tangles from family holidays gone by? Cinch is the ultimate, pop-up, festival-going tent. And after raising £30,000 in 14 minutes on Kickstarter, it’s clear that this business has got more than just pop-up power.

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Engaged employees mean productive employees. We all know it, but we often don’t know how to foster the right culture of engagement. How about an ‘always on’ approach? That’s what Hive HR set out to do.

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Whilst buying a new car may feel fun and even frivolous, there’s no getting away from the fact that the value of new cars drops drastically once driven off the forecourt. HiyaCar changes that - turning your car into one of your biggest assets.

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There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. And yet effective tools for engaging this growing community haven’t been widely available, until now. MindMate blends technology with scientific research and real user feedback.

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In housing it’s location, location, location but when learning languages it’s context, context, context. One Third Stories developed the Clockwork Methodology ™ to help children learn languages and we think it’s estupendo, sensationnel!

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It’s amazing what ideas come to fruition after a few cheeky beers. For Liverpool start-up SwapBots it was the development of 9 customisable toys that could be brought to life through augmented reality.

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A near death experience followed by a friendship with a dog called Dave. Not the average story of an entrepreneur, but one that propelled Andy Peck into setting up TrustedHousesitters.

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