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Blockchain triumphs with VMB gong

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The great and the good of the business world gathered in London last week for the Fast Track 100 2017 Conference and Awards Dinner. The evening saw cryptocurrency firm Blockchain take the VMB-backed Disruptor Award – just one of the highlights of an evening celebrating the talent and industry in the UK today. 

As a challenger, Virgin Media Business are particularly interested in the kind of businesses that are shaking up their marketplaces. So Sponsoring the Disruptor 10 list in conjunction with Fast Track 100 and the Sunday Times felt like the perfect fit for us. And the nominees didn’t disappoint. 

From Pure Gym’s uncontracted gym membership to BrewDog’s irreverent craft beer brand and MADE.COM’s no-store policy, there was much to be admired.

But the night belonged to Blockchain, the British startup that facilitates half of all cryptocurrency transactions around the world.

They’re helping redefine the very meaning of currency, creating a system that’s open, accessible and efficient. It’s the kind of big idea that gets people talking and thinking about the future and its endless opportunities – the type of opportunities firms like us love to encourage. 

Clearly delighted with the win, Blockchain’s co-founder and president, Nicolas Cary used his victory speech to encourage businesses to support each other with help and guidance in what we all know are difficult times. 

It was a far cry from what you might expect from the head of a firm that has long-established financial institutions re-examining how they work, and wondering if they should be a little bit more ‘startup’. 

But then Nicolas’s modest speech encapsulated the spirit of Fast Track 100, a network of the best and fastest-growing companies in the country.

“Fast Track is clearly an event that is by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs,” said co-founder and executive vice chairman of Loungers cafe-bar chain, Alex Reilley. “It is about celebrating success in Britain, which is very important and is something that makes us all very proud.”

B&M Retail Chief Executive, Simon Arora, was equally effusive: “All it takes is a nugget of advice or a shared experience that you have with a fellow Fast Tracker. You take it back to your business and you build on it.”

Former Apprentice contestant, and Tropic Skincare founder, Susan Ma, was also thrilled to be involved. Her company achieved a place on the Fast Track 100 list, published annually in the Sunday Times:

“I think it is definitely of benefit to be on the league table. It not only gives our business amazing credibility to our customers, but it also helps to motivate our staff in-house.”

We’d like to congratulate all the Fast Track 100 companies for the growth they have delivered to the UK over the last year. Let’s do it all again next year! 

Check out the video for highlights and more inspiration from the Fast Track 100 Conference and Awards Dinner.

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