2009 - Robert Matthams (Shiply.com)
Robert Matthams (Shiply.com) was crowned Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 at the annual award final at 15 Hatfields in London on 27th October 2009.
The 25-year-old from London won the coveted title of Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009, walking away with the prestigious title and a £10,000 cash injection for his business, a carbon-friendly transport site, similar to eBay.
Robert received the award, which recognises and celebrates the achievements of the UK’s finest young entrepreneurs, in recognition of the success of Shiply.com over the past year.
Shiply.com provides an online marketplace where people list items they need to move and then receive bids in a reverse auction format from over 5,000 rated transport companies going there anyway. By making use of spare capacity in lorries, consumers can save up to 75% on their deliveries. The business has been going for just over a year and has already saved over 1.6million kg of CO2 by making use of spare capacities. The business has over 40,000 customers and has saved its customers over £3million in reduced transportation bills.
Above: Robert Matthams with James Smith, Chairman Shell UK and the coveted
Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 trophy
On winning the award Robert said: “I’m thrilled to have won such a prestigious award. Some people might say it’s mad to set up a business in a recession but I always had confidence in the strength of my business idea. The last twelve months have been amongst the most exciting of my life and I can’t wait to take my business to the next level on the back of this award. This country is full of entrepreneurial talent and support networks like Shell LiveWIRE are a great way to share ideas and get inspiration from people, just like me, determined to make a success of their businesses.”
Robert beat off stiff competition in the final from entrepreneurial talent spanning a range of sectors from music, design and travel to IT consultancy, software development and technology.
James Smith, Chairman of Shell UK, said: “We have supported young entrepreneurs since 1982. Times have changed, but the drive and enthusiasm is as strong as ever. This year's applicants have been no exception. I wish Robert and all of the finalists every success.”
The 7 runners up were:
- Jon Petrie from Monmouth: DS Music ® (www.dsmusic.com) is one of the most comprehensively stocked sheet music specialists in the UK, stocking over 8,550 different products; over 7,000 different sheet music books, and thousands of accessories, music gifts and musical instruments.
- Sam Rickett from London: Everlution Software (www.everlution.com) specialises in complex software development projects, particularly large database-driven web applications.
- Daniel Woolman from London: Binifresh™ (www.binifresh.com) is a compact hygiene device designed to securely fit a wheelie bin and automatically spray every 4 hours to ensure that the wheelie bin stays fresh and hygienic.
- Mike Turner from Somerset: Turnkey I.T. Solutions (www.turnkeyit.co.uk) provides business VoIP services, web development, IT Consultancy and managed IT support services to SMEs.
- Gregor Mackintosh from Aberdeenshire: Mackintosh of Glendaveny (www.mackintoshofglendaveny.co.uk) produces 'Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil' from home grown rapeseed.
- Simon Darker and Harry Hunter from Leeds: Think Pacific (www.thinkpacific.com) leads five-week and three-month guided expeditions to the outer islands of Fiji.
- Ross Fobian and Richard Hamnett from Manchester: AdInsight (now called Response Tap) enables businesses to track phone call conversions back to their original online or offline source. This allows businesses to identify exactly which advertisements are driving sales and which are simply not worth the marketing investment
Watch a short clip of the finalist pitches by clicking on the video player in the top right-hand corner of this page.
2009 Finalists. (L-R back row): Jon Petrie (DS Music), Sam Rickett (Everlution Software), Daniel Woolman (Binifresh), Mike Turner (Turnkey I.T. Solutions), Gregor Mackintosh (Mackintosh of Glendaveny). (L-R front row): Simon Darker (Think Pacific), Robert Matthams (Shiply.com), James Smith (Chairman, Shell UK), Ross Fobian (Response Tap). Richard Hamnett (Response Tap).