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At a glance
Founders: Alistair and Sandra Patterson
Founded: July 2010 (launched April 2011)
Why it made our list:
With a vast range of community-based start-ups behind them (plus one courier company, sold to a US firm in 2010), serial entrepreneurs Alistair and Sandra Patterson have a keen eye for a business opportunity. When their children took part in a ‘magic sand painting’ craft activity while holidaying abroad, where most parents might have seen five minutes’ peace, this husband-and-wife team saw the potential for a low-cost franchise. Introducing the activity to the UK last year, they have sold more than 20 of their events franchises within 12 months of trading – and expect to hit 50 before the year is out. Having successfully closed two rounds of angel investment, the business is now about to expand into retail products.