This year, LaundryRepublic was a finalist at the HP Smart Business Awards 2013. We’re very proud to say that this has now made headlines at ‘News on the Block’, the UK’s leading publication for flat owners!
You can read all about it here:
You can also see our blog post about the awards at: http://blog.laundryrepublic.com/2013/10/18/laundryrepublic-finalists-at-the-hp-smart-business-awards-2013.
Laundry Republic was a finalist in the Innovation category at the second annual HP Smart Business Awards, which recognise the contribution of small and medium sized businesses to the UK economy.
It’s been a busy year for LaundryRepublic. Earlier in the year, LaundryRepublic was named in the Accelerate 250, a group of the fastest growing businesses in the UK. Founders David Lambert and Ian Walker were invited to Accelerate 2013 where LaundryRepublic was recognised by Wikipedia Founder, Jimmy Wales, as an example of a high-potential online business whose disruptive innovation is transforming an age-old model to better suit the needs and lifestyles of customers.
Here’s what co-founders David Lambert and Ian Walker have to say about their company’s latest award nomination: “We are honoured to be finalists for the award among so many fast-growing businesses. It’s great to see the value of small, growing businesses recognised as a vital part of the current economy. It has been a very exciting couple of years for us, and everyone at LaundryRepublic is delighted at our inclusion among the list of nominees.”
The HP Smart Business Awards ceremony was held at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London on 15th October.
Pictures of the event: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LaundryRepublic/
We finally got the clip from the video where Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, speaks to Michael Hayman about LaundryRepublic and the future of online business, at Accelerate 2013, Liverpool, UK, 27.06.13. The clip is courtesy of Accelerate 2013 and Seven Hills.
With thanks to Jimmy Wales and Michael Hayman.
We are very proud!
A couple of weeks ago Ian Walker and David Lambert, the founders of LaundryRepublic, were invited to Accelerate 2013, a flagship event aimed at celebrating Britain’s business champions and their impact on the British economy. LaundryRepublic was named in the Accelerate 250, a group of the fastest growing businesses in the UK.
David and Ian received inspirational advice from business luminaries including Lastminute.com founder Martha Lane Fox, Cobra Beer chairman Lord Bilimoria, General Sir Mike Jackson, former Chief of the General Staff, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. In his keynote speech to the conference, Jimmy singled out LaundryRepublic as an example of the future of online business, having joined our laundry revolution at his home in London!
The LR team is very proud of their founders and I wanted to share with you their impressions of the day:
Ian: “Being selected as one of the UK’s fastest growing small businesses was great, but learning from the experiences of famous entrepreneurs speaking was even better. Being pointed out in the crowd and recognised by Jimmy Wales as an example of a company applying technology to transform a traditional industry was brilliant. Networking with other small businesses was very useful – lots of shared experiences and challenges to discuss!”
David: “It was tremendously exciting to be surrounded by other fast-growing, dynamic companies at Accelerate 2013. Getting to hear speakers of the calibre of Lord Bilimoria and Doug Richard was an invaluable experience, and quite inspiring. And of course it was a personal highlight to have our company, LaundryRepublic, singled out by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as an example of the future of online business!”
From the LR team thank you very much to all of our customers who are making our laundry revolution possible!
LaundryRepublic has been chosen as one of the Smarta 100! This is an annual prize to recognise the most resourceful, original, exciting and disruptive small businesses in the UK. We now have the chance to go one step further and grab the £10,000 first prize ‘Smarta 100, together with O2’ Business of the Year title. Voting runs until Friday 2nd of November, so help us climb into first place by voting us at: http://www.smarta.com/smarta100/2012/laundryrepublic
If you were trying to think of the most innovative sectors in the UK today, dry cleaning probably would’t come that high on your list. However, LaundryRepublic has been nominated for and won several other awards to be one of the most innovative small businesses since it started in 2008. The business won Best Business for Innovation at the South London Business Awards in 2010 and The Innovation Award at the Lambeth Business Awards in the same year. The business was also runner up in the Best Micro Business category at the Green Business Innovators Awards in 2010 and was finalist at the News On The Block Property Management Awards 2011-2012 in the category of Contractor of the Year.