Adam Clarke - Sep 10, 2019

Expend listed as one of the most disruptive UK companies 💥

Part of the Disruption Summit Europe 2019 was handed over to the new Disruption 50 Index. An exciting index of the top 50 most disruptive UK companies whittled down from over 200 applicants.  

The event was held at ///takes.during.highs and with our address being ///leader.money.spring, we were naturally hopeful of doing pretty well. Though, if you haven't already guessed there was one company in particular that everyone agreed was and should be the winner. Yes, the amazing team behind what3words came top of the Disruption 50 index and rightly so. They've disrupted the entire world and made us rethink how maps can and should work.

Chris Sheldrick what3words CEO award Chris Sheldrick - what3words CEO 

The awards themselves were also pretty disruptive, as the rankings were decided through a mixture of human judges and Unanimous A.I. Swarm Intelligence to ensure this wasn't a popularity contest.

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Appyway and their noble aim of making 'parking a truly forgettable experience' came second and OLIO who are tackling the problem of food waste came third. As for Expend, we came a respectable 31- 40 (Joint 31st) for our FinSaaS spending and expense management solution that's blurring the lines between payments and managing business expenses alongside the likes of Trussle, Elder and Limitless (as you only get a number ranking for the first 25 places). This feels very much like a very respectable 2:2 in disruption (in University degree terms).  

As for the rest of the show, there was a raft of exciting solutions on show that have been designed to solve a huge range of problems. However, the highlight for us was seeing one of our customers taking pride of place at the summit.

Rock Rose Gin closed loop

Rock Rose Gin haven't just solved their business expenses problems with Expend, they created a closed loop recyclable bottle of gin that you can actually post back to them with the help from the team at PA Consulting to reduce packaging waste and delivery costs. Apparently, the hardest part was convincing the Post Office that the packaging could be posted back (Empty of course).  

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Written by Adam Clarke

I'm the Marketing and Partnership Manager at Expend. When I'm not fighting expenses admin with our amazing solution, you can find me eating my way around London's food scene.