MarketOrders shortlisted for the West London Business Awards 2020 in the category Start-up of the Year

We are delighted to announce that MarketOrders has been shortlisted for the West London Business Awards 2020 in the category Start-up of the Year.

The judging panel of the West London Business Awards 2020 met on Tuesday 19 November and announced its shortlist. The Awards, now in their seventh year, recognise the outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals across five themes: SME sector leadership, sustainable & responsible business, economic growth, corporate leadership, and individual leadership. The winners in each category, as well as the overall West London Company of the Year 202o, will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony and dinner on Friday 7 February 2020 at Twickenham Stadium.

Shortlisted companies range from globally renowned brands Cisco, Ibis and Kerry Foods to exporters such as Techniche and Russell Finex, as well as fast-growing innovators VeeLoop and THIS – plant-based food for meat lovers.

Andrew Dakers, CEO of West London Business said:

“We have seen a surge in entries this year which shows the sustained energy and dynamism in the West London economic powerhouse. Our judges were particularly pleased to see the continued embedding of environmental and social sustainability into the practices of so many of the entries – critically important in an era where we must rise to the challenges of climate change and poverty in our backyard as pressure on food banks grows. Awards night promises to be an exciting occasion with plenty of surprises to be had as always.”

Competing for the Start-up of the Year Award along MarketOrders are:

  • Avasam
  • NuOceans
  • VeeLoop

Ram Krishnna Rao, MarketOrders CEO, reacted to the news: “It’s a fantastic privilege to be named as the West London Business Awards 2020 in the category Start-up of the Year. I’m very proud of my team who work tirelessly and passionately to bring digital innovations to the forefront of our industry and this nomination is evidence of that.”

Sukhi Jutla, MarketOrders COO, added: “It’s a huge honour to be recognised as West London Business Awards 2020 in the category Start-up of the Year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank WLB for championing West London Business start-ups and also extend gratitude to my amazing team who help create MarketOrders into the incredible company it has flourished into.”

The gala dinner at Twickenham Stadium is open to all – you don’t have to be on the shortlist to enjoy an amazing night of networking with West London’s most successful companies!

Find the full list of shortlisted companies here.

 

 

MarketOrders Co-Founder nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Women in IT Awards Series

Our Co-Founder & COO, Sukhi Jutla, has just been nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Women in IT Awards series.

The Women in IT Awards series aims to tackle this issue and redress the gender imbalance, by showcasing the achievements of women in the sector and identifying new role models.

Sukhi reacted to the news: “It is wonderful to be shortlisted in such prestigious awards that showcase the best talents and endeavours women are making in the IT and technology field. Congratulations to all those shortlisted and it is my sincere hope that these awards continue to inspire even more women into this field.”

Organised by business technology site Information Age, the awards were launched as a platform to celebrate women in technology. Since its launch, in 2015, the Women in IT Awards have showcased women in technology in London, New York, Ireland and Silicon Valley. This year the awards series will expand to celebrate women in technology in Singapore, Berlin and Toronto for the first time.

This growing awards series acts as a flagship and high-profile platform to support the industry in its mission to move the dial on gender.

Nominated along Sukhi in the Entrepreneur of the Year category:

You can find the full list of nominees here.

 

 

MarketOrders Co-Founder speaks at the Fintech Week in Hamburg

The Fintech Week is a 6-day FinTech focused event held in Hamburg (4-9 November). It is a celebration of all things FinTech and helps to showcase and promote FinTech ventures in Germany.

This year, the Fintech Week collaborated with the UK to strengthen Germany and London ties in the FinTech space.

As a result, the Depart of International Trade in the UK Government hand-picked MarketOrders.net to attend and present at FinForward, which is a 2-day conference part of the Fintech Week. The mission was to showcase Fintech capabilities and to foster collaboration and new opportunities.

Our COO and Co-founder, Sukhi Jutla, attended the FinForward event and presented on 2 panels.

The first panel discussed how Fintechs could embrace greater diversity. This was an insightful event where it was clear to see that this topic is very much at the forefront of the FinTech community. They understand that to build the tech of tomorrow we need to include everyone. Tech is inclusive and it’s important to celebrate all diversity in this field.

The second panel was about blockchain and the rise of Security Token Offerings (STO). Sukhi shared her views on how blockchain and STOs are increasing internalisation of the financial markets and shared how MarketOrders.net plans to disrupt the supply chain with the use of this new innovative technology.

Sukhi commented: ‘’It was a fantastic conference and we thank the Department of International Trade for this great opportunity. It is clear to see how progress is made when collaborations work well and it was great to see how Fintechs are thriving not only in London but in Germany too.’’

 

 

MarketOrders team meets the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Tuesday 29th of October, the MarketOrders team was invited to the annual Mayor of London’s business reception.

The reception was held at City Hall, in the heart of London, from 6 pm onwards. The event was an opportunity to hear more about the Mayor’s work to deliver good growth for the capital and to network with other business leaders representing a cross-section of London’s economy.

Rajesh Agrawal, the Deputy Mayor of London for Business, made an introduction and encouraged the guests to network, make connections and learn from each of other.

Sadiq Khan made a speech highlighting the strength of London’s innovation and its openness to the world. He reinforced that despite political uncertainty, London is and will remain a welcoming city where people can learn, thrive, invent, conceive and succeed.

Our COO Sukhi Jutla and our Head of PR & Coms, Caroline Hoffmann, attended the event, representing MarketOrders.

Caroline said: “It was an honour to meet the Mayor of London. Though being a very busy man, he took the time to spend an evening with London’s entrepreneurs and get to know them. I really identified with his speech as I come from France and despite Brexit, I still feel welcome in this city and hope I’ll be able to live and work here for many years to come. I also think that London’s innovation is booming more than ever and that the best is yet to come.”

Sukhi gave her reaction as well: “We were honoured to be invited at the Mayor’s reception and to meet the Mayor in person. It was clear to see from his speech that he cares about the entrepreneurial and business community in London and took the time to hear about what we do at MarketOrders. He also congratulated the team on our recent fundraise!”

 

MarketOrders at the London Asian Business Awards 2019

Last week our Co-Founder & COO, Sukhi Jutla, attended the London Asian Business Awards.

As a reminder, Sukhi was nominated a finalist in the ‘Disruptive Entrepreneur’ category.

Some of the best professionals and businesses received an award for their achievements over the last year at the 3rd London Asian Business Awards 2019. 32 finalists across London were crowned winners. The event took place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington on Friday 11th of October.

The event personified the spirit of London’s South-Asian community. The night was one of inspiration with the range of finalists reflecting the sheer number of London industries with Asian impact and presence. Categories included Rising Star, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and International Business of the Year.

The London Business Journal were official media partners for the Awards. Charity partners were The Asian Women’s Resource Centre who provides specialist domestic violence support services to women and children across London.

The London Asian Business Awards 2019 sponsored by Gatehouse Bank and presented by Greenleaf Catering, are organised by Oceanic Consulting – the UK’s leading ethnic awards company. CEO Irfan Younis said “I’d like to congratulate all winners and finalists awarded at the 3rd London Asian Business Awards 2019. The evening was one of absolute talent and inspiration. London’s Asian Business community are the perfect role models for future generations of aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

Official press release here.

MarketOrders Co-Founder invited to moderate National Technology News roundtable

Our COO Sukhi Jutla was invited to a private event to moderate a roundtable discussion on the topic of ‘’Success in the data-driven supply chain’’ at City Social, Tower 42 on the 10th of October.

Sukhi has extensive experience in digitising supply chains and has also written numerous articles on this topic. Her experience enabled her to lead an engaging discussion with 20 hand-selected high profile people who work as chief digital officers and supply chain experts from FTSE 250 companies.

Topics focused on the rise of artificial intelligence, the need for more entrepreneurialism within supply chain systems and the use of blockchain in shipping products on time.

The official writeup and pictures will be released in due time by National Technology News, who hosted the event.

See below for the topics that were discussed.

 

Topics:

Whilst the UK’s global trading routes face unprecedented political uncertainty in the form of Brexit and trade wars, the manufacturing sector is also tackling widespread digital disruption.

With digitised supply chain technology and an influx of new data rapidly gaining ground over outdated systems, businesses are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT), Electronic Document Management (EDM) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to ensure they can track this proliferation of new data sources and ensure compliance with changing customs and trading rules during and after Brexit.

However, as they attempt this, fragmentation, manual processes and legacy infrastructure have meant that many businesses are failing to harness the commercial potential locked within their data.

As a result, they are struggling to keep up with their supply chain partners and competitors in an increasingly connected world.

But global supply chains are also coming increasing regulatory pressure as well as board demands to do more with leaner infrastructure. As a result, it has never been more urgent for manufacturers to view their data in real time, and drive efficiencies from factory to shop floor in order to stay ahead.

This roundtable explored how companies are using new technologies to digitise their supply chains and overcome Brexit-related disruption by tracking orders across borders and improving overall business performance.

 

Topics for debate:

  • How can predictive analytics and alert systems help flag potential risks and forecast changes in supply and demand?
  • What role will IoT, machine learning and blockchain play in supply chain transformation?
  • How can integrated information systems help maintain compliance with changing customs and trading regimes after Brexit?
  • What are the risks involved in implementation of RPA?
  • How can data-driven supply chains help businesses prepare for Brexit-related disruption at the border?
  • What is the benefit of real time visualisation of data to track supply chain processes?
  • How can automated data flows improve communication between supply chain partners?
  • What are the challenges around integrating data management systems with existing EDM infrastructure?
  • How is merger and acquisition-related disruption holding up supply chain connectivity and digitisation?

 

MarketOrders awarded for Excellence in Supply Chain Optimisation at SME Business Elite Awards

We are proud to announce that MarketOrders has been awarded for Excellence in Supply Chain Optimisation at SME Business Elite Awards.

Ram Krishnna Rao, CEO & Co-Founder of MarketOrders, reacted to the news: “We have been working diligently for years to innovate and upgrade an outdated supply chain system. For MarketOrders to be awarded as winners for supply chain optimisation is a fantastic achievement as we have been pioneering the use of technology and digital innovations to streamline the supply chain and bring much-needed efficiencies in the gold and diamond jewellery industry.”

Sukhi Jutla, COO & Co-Founder of MarketOrders, added: “It’s fantastic to be recognised for the innovations we are bringing to the gold and diamond Jewellery industry with our pioneering work at MarketOrders, which utilises frontier technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and sensors to ensure transparency in the supply chain. This award strengthens our position as leaders in this field and it’s an honour to be recognised. Thank you.”

 

To find out more about the 2019 SME Business Elite awards winners, click here to access the Q3 issue of SME News Magazine (full list of the winners is page 43).

MarketOrders has been nominated for over 25 awards! Find them all on our Awards section.

 

Click here to see the first cover of the issue

Click here to access the full list of winners

 

MarketOrders Co-Founders invited to visit the Assay office

This week our CEO, Ram Krishnna Rao, and our COO, Sukhi Jutla, were personally invited to visit the Assay office in Birmingham. During this trip, they discussed how to work together to better serve our retailers and provide them with the services they need.

This is an exciting next step in the continuing growth of the MarketOrders journey.

The Assay Office in Birmingham is the home of the UK hallmarking for precious metals including gold and silver.

When gold and silver jewellery products are shipped from the suppliers, it is the responsibility of the retailer to ensure they have adequate hallmarking.

This is where the Assay office comes in. They are an independent entity which was created from an Act of Parliament and is over 240 years old! Each piece of jewellery that is hallmarked undergoes thorough checks to ensure that the consumers are assured they are getting the right quality of products.

The assay office not only does hallmarking but also offers these services:

  • Assaying, hallmarking & laser marking
  • Analytical testing & quality assurance
  • Diamond & tanzanite grading, pearl & coloured gemstone identification
  • Jewellery, watch & silverware valuations
  • Training, conferencing and heritage events

We got to have a behind the scenes tour but we couldn’t take any pictures for security reasons; so you will have to use your imagination!

Rest assured, the building is guarded day and night. There are plenty of measures in place with the thanks to the volume of gold and other precious metals that pass the doors on a daily basis.

This continues to be a fascinating industry and we also see many opportunities with how MarketOrders can work as a partner with the Assay office and also how we can digitise most of the processes. Stay tuned for more progress!

 

A special Thank You, to the Head of Business development Natalie and Marie.

Learn more here https://theassayoffice.com/

 

 

 

 

MarketOrders COO at the Women in Tech Festival UK 2019

The Women In Tech Festival UK 2019 was held at The Brewery, London on the 17th of September where our COO and Co-Founder, Sukhi Jutla, was in attendance and also panel moderated the session ‘ Ready, Set, Start-up!’.

Sukhi commented: “This festival is important for us to attend as we believe, as a tech company, that the future of tech needs to include everyone and that includes women.”

She added: “Conferences like the Women in Tech Festival are so important to allow communities to come together and showcase female tech talent as well as providing an opportunity to network and learn about how to embark on a career in the tech field as a woman”.

Attended by thousands of people with 3 parallel stages and hundreds of hours of talks and workshops, this festival centred around how to support women’s careers in the tech field as well as sharing stories and challenges in the start-up world.

Sessions throughout the day were varied and included practical tips on how to jump-start a career in tech, understand how to build teams and taking care of your mental wellbeing. Sessions covered topics such as:

  • How women can ‘own the room’ when they deliver talks and presentations
  • Striking a balance between work-life, home-life and the sacrifices being made.
  • How to manage the unpredictable and demanding expectations of the tech industry.
  • How can companies create a culture that enables you to look after yourself.

 

Sukhi moderated a panel with four incredible female women who are all on different stages in their tech journeys:

  • Gemma Bloemen – Elder
  • Julie Fedele – TwoFeetin
  • Myrto Lalacos – L Marks, AccelerateME
  • Kike Oniwinde – BYP Network

Sukhi shared her journey into becoming a tech entrepreneur
(having been a corporate worker turned life coach turned author turned entrepreneur!).

It is the perfect example that you can re-ivent yourself and adapt to any career changes as long as you are willing to keep learning new skills.

If you missed it you can watch this short clip (on LinkedIn) where the panellists concluded by sharing their top tips for attendees to take away (with thanks to Kate Wood for the footage).