Following an extensive six month judging process, Oppo has been named ‘Start-up of the Year’ at the Guardian’s Small Business Showcase awards from more than 1,000 entries.
With an impressive judging panel including former ‘dragon’, James Caan, and founder of Bulldog Skincare, Simon Duffy, the judges commented: “It’s innovative, on trend, with a smart retail roll-out strategy. There are lots of elements in there that make up a good startup business. They have done really well and it was one of the fastest crowdfunds that has ever happened.”
The ceremony, introduced by Will King, founder of The King of Shaves, and hosted by TV presenter, Rick Edwards, celebrated innovation and excellence across small business.
Founder & Managing Director of Oppo Charlie Thuillier said: “Being recognised as the Guardian’s most promising start-up in the UK at present has to top all other awards we’ve received to date – it’s a fantastic validation we’re on the right track and getting ever closer to accomplishing what we set out to achieve – being the ‘go-to’ for healthy indulgence.”
Director Harry Thuillier added: “We’ve jumped over countless hurdles to get to this point, it’s been a challenging journey, but an incredibly enjoyable one. This is an encouraging endorsement of the product, brand and team. With summer here the timing of the award gives us confidence to keep doing what we’re doing whilst continuing to innovate!”