The annual awards recognise the highest achieving businesses across Milton Keynes, at a glitz and glamour ceremony on 12th March at the Marshall Arena. This year’s theme about “a vision for a healthier city”, focusing on businesses that improve the overall health and wellbeing of our city and its inhabitants, organisations and workforce.
So who in Witan made the cut?
Expandly’s multi-channel ecommerce software began life back in 2013 in typical startup fashion - founder Alan Wilson’s garage. Eager to provide a simple way for online sellers to manage multiple sales channels, Alan and Employee #1 built a system that integrated a user’s Amazon, eBay, Esty and Shopify accounts into one simple dashboard. Since then, Expandly has expanded to multiple sales channels, shipping carriers, accounting software and functionality - attracting serious investment, global customers (including one Wilkinson Sword) and some teammates for Employee #1. Its technology makes selling online easier, creating less stress and more profits. Its simple onboarding process reduces customer reliance on the team, creating a happier working environment with more opportunity for learning and development. And, it’s global usage is bringing international income and recognition to Milton Keynes. Expandly and CEO Alan Wilson will be competing in the Technology Business and Entrepreneur of the Year categories, with other finalists including Xero, Pauley Creative and Diane Butterworth.
With a name like Immense, you’d expect nothing less of this intelligent mobility startup reaching the finals of not one but two awards. Founded in 2016, Immense is revolutionising the way transportation decisions are made across the world, using data science, machine learning, compute technology and a dash of common sense. Users of the Immense solution gain access to competitive mobility intelligence and insights, using digital worlds and activity-based simulation for fleet management, infrastructure operations and regional transportation planning. In just four years, Immense has attracted significant investment, global interest and offices in Milton Keynes, London, Detroit, San Francisco and Barcelona (although we’re sure Witan comes out top.) Immense will be competing in the Technology Business and Small & Medium Business categories, against the likes of Xero, SBD Automotive, Ad Valorem and Smith Jenkins.