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The winners of the Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2018

The winners of the Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2018
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Which UK companies are rewriting the rules and redefining their marketplaces? Earlier this year, The Spectator and Julius Baer launched the inaugural Economic Disruptor Awards to celebrate the most creative entrepreneurs in the UK.

Over the past six months, over 100 nominations have been reviewed by our panel. Last night, we announced the winners at a gala dinner hosted by Andrew Neil, Chairman of The Spectator, and attended by over 120 guests from across the world of business.

We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Economic Disruptor of the Year is Pockit – a low-cost, easy-access banking app aimed at helping Britain’s ‘unbanked’.

Pockit is billed as ‘a bank for the financially excluded' – many of whom are currently unable to shop online, secure a credit line or send money to family abroad without extortionate fees.

‘What stood out about Pockit was that it clearly had a social purpose,’ said Martin Vander Weyer. ‘Yes, it’s a very clever banking app, but it’s also created to tackle a serious problem.’

Our full list of regional winners – chosen for their creativity and scaling potential – were:

Pockit (London/the South)

Touchlight (runner-up – London/the South)

Warwick Music Group (Midlands)

rradar (North East)

AMPLYFI (North West & Wales)

See.Sense (Scotland & Northern Ireland)

Julius Baer and The Spectator thank all of the entrants and everyone else who has made the inaugural year of the Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards such a resounding success.

We are delighted to announce that we will be opening nominations for the 2019 Awards in March.

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Jonny Olhson from Torchlight and Andrew Neil[/caption]

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Steven Greenall from Warwick Music Group[/caption]

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Gary Gallen from rradar[/caption]

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Daniel James from Amplyfi[/caption]

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Irene McAleese from See.Sense[/caption]

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David Durlacher from Julius Baer congratulates Pablo Uson from Pockit[/caption]