Digital agency Nothing But Epic has been named Manchester’s most innovative business as it takes the £30,000 funding package at this year’s Venturefest.

Founded in 2015, Nothing But Epic is a digital brand agency specialising in social media, website design and SEO. The company, which is based in Manchester city centre, won the Innovation Showcase competition following a live vote in front of 600 business leaders at the Bridgewater Hall.

Nothing But Epic was one of ten businesses to pitch their innovative ideas to some of the region’s most prominent entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors. Nothing But Epic Director Mike Anderson used his three-minute pitch to showcase the business’ unique social media platform, Padoq.

Exhibitors and attendees mix at Venturefest Manchester 2016
Exhibitors and attendees mix at Venturefest Manchester 2016

Anderson said: “Winning this award could not have come at a better time for Nothing But Epic as we’ve got big ambitions for the business. Our team has been working tirelessly to position Padoq as the next big social media platform and we believe it has the potential to compete on a global scale.

“Now that we have the access to capital and support from Business Growth Hub, we will be able to focus on introducing our core product to new markets. The Hub has been instrumental throughout the whole process and we’re looking forward to working closely with them and their network of partners as we embark on the next stage of our journey.”

Organised by Business Growth Hub and in partnership with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), the annual conference boasted 50 exhibitors and included keynote speeches from Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive at Manchester City Council, and Juergen Maier, CEO at Siemens.

Sir Howard Bernstein gives his keynote at Venturefest Manchester 2016Sir Howard Bernstein gives his keynote at Venturefest Manchester 2016 

Richard Jeffery, Director at Business Growth Hub, said: “The level of energy at this year’s Venturefest has been incredible and the quality of businesses involved in the Innovation Showcase has been inspiring. We’d like to say a massive congratulations to the winner – they knew their market and product inside out and the enthusiasm really came across in their pitch.

“We’re also proud to have brought together so many entrepreneurs, innovators and investors across Greater Manchester, and having the continued support of Howard Bernstein is encouraging. As Business Growth Hub heads towards its fifth birthday, there is a real sense of maturity in terms of the collaboration and partnerships we’ve secured and we’re delighted with the continued success of Venturefest."

Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive at Manchester City Council, said: “Events like Venturefest speak volumes about the innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent in Greater Manchester and the wider North West. This businesses taking part truly are an inspiration and testament to the entrepreneurial culture that has defined the region for so many years.

“It is also encouraging to see people mentoring, helping and advising other businesses and this is what helps to drive a powerful eco-system for the region. Events like this are becoming increasingly important, particularly given the uncertainties we’re facing in terms of what Brexit means and how it might impact on fiscal and economic policy over the next few years. With this in mind, we must take responsibility for the growth of our businesses and I’m delighted to have been involved in Venturefest as it concludes its third year.”

Mike Biddle, Deputy Director of Fund Portfolio at Innovate UK, the national sponsor of Venturefest, said: “It is essential that we build on innovation excellence wherever it is in the UK. We are working hard to put experts on the ground to understand what’s happening locally and how this can tie into the national picture. There are already a number of established networks across Greater Manchester for high growth businesses to tap into and it is our job to collaborate with them to help entrepreneurs develop their innovations even further.”