Paul Lindley joins Santander in the search for the UK’s high growth businesses


Shaa Wasmund, founder of Smarta, joins Ana Botín CEO of Santander and Paul Lindley, CEO of baby-food brand Ella’s Kitchen to uncover the most exceptional businesses in Britain that are growing at a phenomenal rate.

The Breakthrough 50 has been created to recognise the UK’s most rapidly expanding businesses that have grabbed a significant market share, are boasting growing revenues and have a clear vision to develop even more in the future. The winners will be the leading figures of the entrepreneurial movement in the UK, each with a unique blueprint for success and a story to inspire other entrepreneurs.

Why enter?

  • Be named among the 50 fastest growing businesses in the UK

  • Join an exclusive alumni of Breakthrough 50 winners

  • Receive mentoring from a high growth entrepreneur

  • A once in a life time ‘prize package’ for the overall Breakthrough 50 Business of the Year 

By becoming a member of the Breakthrough 50 alumni, winning businesses will receive exclusive access to networking events with the UK’s top businesses and other Breakthrough 50 winners. The alumni network will launch at the Breakthrough 50 awards ceremony where businesses will have the opportunity to meet the other winners and the judges who chose them.

Our judges will also be choosing a Breakthrough 50 Business of the Year. This winner will be the ultimate fast growth business with a blueprint for success. On top of becoming a member of the Breakthrough 50 alumni, the Overall Business of the Year will win a place on a once in a lifetime trade mission, in the past these have included missions to Brazil, Mexico or New York. On top of this the winning business will also have an intern from a top UK university join its team for three months – all paid for by Santander. To help this business create a master plan to expand further in the future, we will also provide one on one mentoring from a member of the Santander SME advisory board.


The top five businesses chosen by our judging panel will also be invited to a pitch day, where they will meet all of our judges and pitch them their business.

Why is the Santander Breakthrough 50 Awards great?

“Growing businesses set the precedent for others to aspire to,” said Shaa Wasmund, founder of Smarta. “We want to recognise the fastest growing businesses that are punching above their weight, making significant impacts on established industries and raising the bar for all other small and medium sized enterprises in the UK.”

“If you’re running or are part of a business that’s grown at an exceptional rate, then we want to hear from you. Apply now and let us tell the world how great you are.” 

We're looking for the 50 fastest growing businesses in the UK - Apply NOW! 

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