EDP Future50 2013

Shaun Lowthorpe, EDP Business editor

There is something about the drive and enthusiasm of the entrepreneurs listed in this year’s Future50 which is quite infectious.

And we also have quite of variety of businesses joining this year’s line up.

In fact, there are 25 new entrants to this year’s Future50 across a range of sectors, from electric bikes, to social care, to cutting edge computer technology, and even tea.

And, with the latter in mind and in a first for the Future50, we even have an entreprenuer listed twice for two separate businesses – read on to find out who.

Of course we are constantly told that it is our entreprenuers, willing to take risks, who hold the key to our future economic success.

Bringing this community of entreprenuers together is a key plank of the Future50 and throughout the next 12 months there will be opportunities for them to meet and swap ideas, while their achievements will be regularly reported in our business pages.

Thanks are also due to our sponsor partners for the work they due in supporting this entreprenuerial initiative, through the events, analysis and commentary which they contribute to.

Because at the end of the day business is really about people.

And one of the highlights of the last 12 months is seeing how more and more Future50 businesses are collaborating together, often forging partnerships where you would least expect.

The achievements and successes of these businesses is also now being recognised in our EDP Business Awards ‘One to Watch’ category.

Those partnership can only be good for business, but there is a real sense of a Future50 business community being forged which is living ‘beyond the page’ and the stories you read here, which I very much hope will continue in the months ahead with this exciting new intake of companies.