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 COO becomes a mentor of the Women in Fintech Global Initiative

Our Co-Founder and COO, Sukhi Jutla, has recently joined the Women in Fintech Global Initiative as a mentor.

Run by the Department for International Trade, the Women in FinTech Global Initiative:

  • Brings together like-minded women working in the FinTech space, uniting those who want to bring their enterprises to the UK with those who already have.
  • Connects female entrepreneurs with a supportive investment community that understands the challenges that women face.
  • Provides valuable scaling guidance by working with accelerator programmes and business incubators to offer women support through their programmes.

 

Along with Sukhi, other women have become mentors:

Get more information here.

 

 

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 COO speaks at Inclusive Boards: Executive Leadership Programme

Our Co-Founder & COO, Sukhi Jutla, was invited to speak about career progression as a panelist during the Inclusive Boards: Executive Leadership Programme.

This programme was aimed at senior women leaders who came from companies including Deliveroo, Draper Espirit, HSBC, MoneySuperMarket Group and Lloyds Banking Group.

It was run as a residential programme at the Mallory Court Spa at Leamington Spa with 2 days of facilitated learning.

Inclusive Boards is the UK’s leading executive search agency specialising in diversity and inclusion at governance level. They support organisations to develop more diverse boards, senior leadership teams, and improved governance structures.

Sukhi was joined by 2 other panelists including Tamara McMillen, Executive Director of Sales at Virgin Media Business and Namrata Sarmah, Senior Director at Viacom.

Topics discussed included:

  • Climbing the career ladder
  • How to get board roles
  • Personality and leadership style
  • Balancing work/family life
  • Building and using your network
  • Continuous development and upskilling
  • Unconscious bias and overcoming challenges

 

Sukhi shared her personal story of how she navigates her career progressions, from being an employee to becoming an entrepreneur and board member. 

The event was a huge success and Ellen Partridge, Campaigns Officer for Inclusive Boards left this review for Sukhi:

‘’Sukhi was an inspiring panelist during the Inclusive Boards: Executive Leadership Programme, having a huge impact on senior women leaders in the room. She captured the attention of the room with her story and offered interesting perspectives on career progression, personal development, and work-life interface.’’

A few other reviews also include:

 

 

MarketOrders COO Sukhi Jutla shortlisted at the London Asian Business Awards

 

We are delighted to announce that our Co-Founder & COO Sukhi Jutla has been shortlisted into the finals under Disruptive Entrepreneur of the Year category at the 3rd London Asian Business Awards!

Another great achievement for MarketOrders that recognises the quality of our fantastic team.

So far, MarketOrders has been nominated and/or won 21 awards! You can find them all on our Awards page here.

 

Congratulations to the other finalists!

DR SUKHBINDER NOORPURI (i-GP, Kent)

Priyanka Raswant (Highbrow, Soho)

Nikhil Shah (London Town Group, Paddington)

Rupa Ganatra Popat (FUTR Group, Soho)

Deepak Tailor (Latest Free Stuff, Ilford)

Tahreem Arshad (Sozie, Surbiton)

Sanjay Patel (The Hundred, Camden)

Amin Hamzianpour (The Qube, West London)

Harsha Rathnayake (Junk Hunters, Willesden)

 

The prestigious and glamorous award ceremony will be held on the 26th September 2019 at The Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington, London.

Until then, fingers crossed!

 

Official press release:

 

MarketOrders Co-Founder Sukhi Jutla shortlisted as finalist in the Disruptive Entrepreneur of the Year category for the 3rd London Asian Business Awards 2019

 

London, September 13, 2019: Hundreds of the best professionals and businesses have been shortlisted as finalists for the 3rd London Asian Business Awards 2019. They received nominations across the capital. The Awards celebrate a wide range of the South-Asian community’s achievements. These include the worlds of business, charity, food, technology, law and finance.

The Awards showcase the strength of the Asian community, the impact they have on London’s culture & economy, and highlights their progression over the last year. Categories range from Rising Star, Young Entrepreneur of the Year to International Business of the Year.

The Awards will be held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington on Thursday 26th September.

MarketOrders Co-Founder Sukhi Jutla has been shortlisted as finalist in the Disruptive Entrepreneur of the Year category. Sukhi Jutla will know if she is a winner during the elegant ceremony held in September.

She commented on her nomination: “It’s an honour and privilege to be recognised as a finalist in this year’s awards as a Disruptive Entrepreneur. I believe a win for any woman is a win for every woman everywhere who aspire to achieve their full potential and to live fearlessly and that is something I aim to do on a daily basis through my work. Shining a spotlight on the business achievements of the Asian diaspora I hope encourages the community to keep striving to build better businesses and to inspire the next generation of Asian entrepreneurs”.

The London Business Journal are official media partner for the Awards. The Asian Women’s Resource Centre who provide specialist domestic violence support services to women and children across London are charity partners for the event.

The London Asian Business Awards 2019 presented by Greenleaf Catering are organised by Oceanic Consulting – the UK’s leading ethnic awards company. CEO Irfan Younis said “the London Asian Business community is one to really be celebrated and talked about. They’re a community of amazing achievements, skilled entrepreneurs, business acumen, social mobility and inspiring role models who have consistently gone from strength to strength. Best of luck to all finalists, we look forward to an exciting night.”

With 13 years of experience, Oceanic Consulting host annual award ceremonies in major English, Scottish and Irish cities. Campaigns include the Curry Awards, Asian Business, Asian Food, British Muslim, British Indian and Britain’s Asian Wedding Awards.

 

The full list of finalists can be found here.

 

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To learn more about MarketOrders: https://marketorders.net

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/market-orders

MarketOrders Co-Founder meets easyJet Founder!

MarketOrders Co-Founder Sukhi Jutla meets easyJet Founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou

 

It’s not every day that you bump into a billionaire but trust our co-founder Sukhi to do so!

As many of you may know, a few weeks ago in May Sukhi was invited to Keynote speak at the Digital Enterprise Show (DES) in Madrid, where MarketOrders also walked away with an award for Digital Innovation.

En route to Spain, Sukhi bumped into Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, who is a British Cypriot entrepreneur best known for setting up easyJet.

Here is Sukhi’s first-hand account:

No one really likes hanging out at airports but for entrepreneurs, it can be golden time to catch up on emails and social media.

Other times, it’s also great to just wander around the terminal and that is exactly what I decided to do as I waited to board my flight to Madrid to keynote at The Digital Enterprise show (DES).

As I walked past WH Smiths lo and behold I saw a very familiar face! It was a round face with a familiar smile and I could see this person intently perusing the phone charging section of the store.

As an entrepreneur, I have devoured various articles and books on the most successful business people and billionaires in an effort to learn from their journeys.

So when I saw Sir Stelios, I went straight up to him, held out my hand and introduced myself to him. He took one look at me, chuckled and said ‘ You must be an entrepreneur’.

I asked him why he would say that and he said ‘’because it takes one to know one!’’

He was delightful, taking a few minutes to take a photo with me and learn about what I am creating with MarketOrders.

He wished me the very best as we parted ways and said ‘Keep up the great work’.

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MARKETORDERS CROWDCUBE CAMPAIGN GOES LIVE !!!

MarketOrders, an award-winning B2B marketplace for the gold and diamond jewellery industries, announces it has kickstarted its crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube.com. Aiming to raise a minimum of £400k, the start-up has already reached 90% of its target through private investment before even going public. The company plans to use the funding to officially launch its platform, which will use blockchain technology to make the gold and diamond jewellery buying process more transparent.

Founded in 2016 by Sukhi Jutla and Ram Krishnna Rao, MarketOrders is on a mission to transform the way in which independent retail jewellers purchase gold and diamond products from suppliers. Specifically, MarketOrders uses technology to ensure jewellers can get the products they need faster, cheaper and directly from global suppliers, while cutting out the middle man.

As the first fully end-to-end B2B marketplace for the jewellery industry, MarketOrders is setting its sights high on the power of blockchain technology to weed out bad actors and money from the jewellery supply chain. As demand for gold jewellery continues to grow – in 2018, 48% of gold demand was consumed as jewellery – this will be critical to ensuring greater transparency at an industry level.

Sukhi Jutla, co-founder and COO of MarketOrders, said: “We’re thrilled to be crowdfunding for MarketOrders, and this funding will make a huge difference as we look to expand our exceptional team and invest heavily in updating our platform. We are passionate about supporting independent retail jewellers, and we strongly believe this marketplace will put the power back into their hands.”

Having been self-funded to-date, this first round of external funding will help MarketOrders grow its offer exponentially. The firm plans on making a number of strategic tech hires, who will primarily focus on developing the platform, which is currently in beta phase. The funding will also enable the start-up to bring on board a number of international suppliers and invest significantly in marketing.

The crowdfunding page is available here  with rewards ranging from discounts on products available through the MarketOrders marketplace, to a limited-edition solid gold 22-carat coin and 22ct jewellery set.

Ram Krishnna Rao, co-founder and CEO of MarketOrders, said: “Having worked on a number of jewellery ventures in the past, I feel confident that we’ve got a strong business model in MarketOrders. There was a clear gap in the market for an online marketplace that provides independents with superior buying benefits, and we’re excited to roll the platform out to more retailers and suppliers in the coming months.”

MarketOrders and its founder Sukhi Jutla have already won a number of awards, most recently being named as one of the Top 20 ‘Industry Visionaries’ by Outlier Ventures.

 

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MarketOrders awarded at Digital Enterprise Show in Madrid

Our Co-Founders Ram & Sukhi spent 3 days in Madrid at the Digital Enterprise Show (19-21 May 2019), the must-attend event on digital transformation with 26,342 attendees from over 50 countries.

Here is a summary of what they’ve been up to:

 

DAY 1

  • Radio interview with Spain’s Capital Radio
  • Video interview with DES | Digital Enterprise Show
  • Panel talk on how to get more women into technology
  • Book signing event for Sukhi’s book “Escape The Cubicle: Quit The Job You Hate, Create a Life You Love” where she met with fans and readers
  • Meeting with investors for our crowdfunding campaign

 

DAY 2

  • Sukhi delivered her Keynote talk in the Inspiration Arena called ”MarketOrders: How you can forge a successful career in blockchain technology.”
  • Sukhi & Ram attended the Gala Dinner Awards in the evening to celebrate the European Digital Mindset Awards where MarketOrders picked up the Finalist award for ‘ BEST 2019 DIGITAL DISRUPTOR IN START-UPS’. The Gala was great fun with fantastic entertainment and great food. Thank you, DES!

 

DAY 3

  • Sukhi & Ram spent the day meeting with potential investors as there was a lot of support from people and interest in our crowdfunding campaign.
  • They also attended a number of presentations on blockchain including decentralised ledgers, fintech, asset tokenisation and blockchain within governments. It is clear to see that there are still many possibilities unexplored in the blockchain area and it is good to see these conversations taking place.

 

They look forward to coming back next year!

 

Here is some coverage about the event where you can spot MarketOrders Co-Founders Sukhi and Ram with their awards in the pictures: