February 10th - Entries Open
On the 10th February, we dropped the curtain on the inaugural Santander Breakthrough50 Awards and welcomed every fast growth businessd to apply.
With a grand prize including a place on a unique international trade mission at stake, applications rushed in.
May 1st - Judging Starts
When May came arround, it was time to start working out who would and wouldn't be in the final 50. Debate ensued, as every business had its fans. There wasn't a single entry that we wouldn't have loved to see on the list, but in the end, choices had to be made and businesses were cut. Once the final 50 was set, the top five were chosen to go forward to pitch to be the one champion business of the Breakthrough 50.
May 22nd - Pitching Day
The energy was incredible as our five winning business put their arguments forward for why they deserved to be on that international trade mission with some of the biggest name in British business. After pitching the judges deliberated and decided on their winner. All was to be revealed at a lavish awards ceremony taking place in the following weeks.
Want to see what went down? Check out this video from pitching day.
4th June - Awards Ceremony
As the 50 winning businesses mingled and enjoyed canapes and bubbly at the Kensington Roof Gardens, our top five businesses waited anxiously to find out who had been crowned the overall winer. The award ceremony kicked off, and after a few minutes the winner was announced... Tracsis PLC!
A very gracious John McArthur took to the stage to say a few words on how his jounrye had been as the founder, thanking his colleagues and the judges. After wrapping up a brilliant ceremony, with loads of whoops and cheers as the top 50 were announced, we headed out to the Spanish garden terrace to enjoy a mouth watering BBQ.
See all of the pics from the awards ceremony
Stay tuned for a video from the awards ceremony and congratulations to the 50 winners! To see the full list of winners, visit Breakthrough50.smarta.com