Two York businesses have been recognised as social pioneers, having been named in the Top 10 for Social Impact in the Smarta 100 list – an awards scheme recognising the UK’s 100 most original, innovative and disruptive small businesses. Now they need your vote to win £10,000!
The York two are Xing Education, which runs Pupil-run smoothie bars and enterprise workshops in schools, and Oomph, that runs exercise classes in over 500 care homes.
Now in its fourth year, the Smarta 100 Awards is unashamedly unscientific: it seeks to unearth and recognise not just those small businesses driving the fattest profits, but also those businesses and the individuals behind them who are delighting customers, have strong social purposes, are innovating staid industries and embracing technology and social media to grow quickly on limited resources.
In the last year, Oomph has won contracts with Bupa and other huge names to train their staff to deliver similar classes. Oomph has decreased falls amongst the elderly people it works with by 28% and now want to expand the business nationally. In the UK, only 7% of elderly people get enough exercise, but Oomph believe they can change that, one care home and one fun session at a time.
Xing Education helps students to start-up their own smoothie businesses from scratch. It’s a real business, with real problems of cashflow, marketing and stock as well as the real triumphs of sustainability, profit and recognition. Students walk away learning skills in a real-world environment and hopefully discovering an entrepreneurial spark that will lead to the creation of one of a future Smarta 100 winner.