2006 - James Steward and Natalie Connell (Cyclepods)
Built From Scratch Design was set up by James Steward and Natalie Connell to offer a range of design services and to launch Cyclepods - an innovative cycle storage product that was originally designed by James at university.
After the company was set up in 2005, Cyclepods was turned from concept to product in just two months and since then has sparked huge interest with around 100 units being sold to clients that include Pepsi, Reebok, Marks and Spencer, Ford, IKEA and the BBC.
Not only does the Cyclepods range encourage sustainability and healthy living through design, but the products are also innovative, extremely robust, space saving, highly secure, easy to use, low maintenance and offer branding opportunities to the companies that install them.
On receiving the award, James Steward said: “Winning Entrepreneur of the Year was a massive pat on the back for both myself and Natalie. We both worked so hard to turn what was a final year university project into what is now a commercially desirable product and business. The next step for us now is to make Cyclepods available worldwide.”
James Steward (left) and Natalie Connell (centre) receiving their 2006 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Since winning the Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006, James and Natalie have set up Cyclepods as a separate limited company and gained investment of £230,000. They have moved to larger premises where they can now store their own stock and also have the capacity to expand.
Cyclepods now has partners in Scandinavia and Holland as well as partners throughout the UK. Cyclepods are being sold worldwide to clients such as Brisbane City Council and the company is hoping to introduce Cyclepods to the U.S. soon.
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