At YENA, we recently announced our 15 people & partnerships to watch in 2017 in our inaugural ‘#Future15’.

Check out the full list (with photos) on the website here: Future15.com.

This years list was compiled by ourselves, to highlight a mixture of talent, across all sectors, at all stages, from all backgrounds. One of YENA’s many social impact aims is to create an environment where people can connect and succeed regardless of circumstances so this is another step for us to set an example for (hopefully) others to follow.

The #Future15 is sponsored by Agility in MindH2R Selection and Amalgam Model Making.

The list of names on the list are as follows (in alphabetical order):

1. Alex Mellor & Anthony Logan

Co-Founders, Noir Agency

Anthony and Alex are Co-Founders of Noir – an independent brand communications agency based in Manchester. They’ve rapidly grown over the past year to work with well-known global clients, including PaxVax, the BBC and the NHS.

2. Ben Francis

Founder, Gymshark

Ben runs Gymshark, a fitness brand, manufacturer & online retailer he started whilst at school. The brand is now supported by over 3 million highly engaged social media followers and customers in 131 countries.

3. Ben Franks

Founder, Novel Wines

Ben Franks is one of Bath’s best independent wine consultants and Co-Founder of Novel Wines, a wine company that delivers luxury, hand-selected wines to your door so you can discover the world’s finest winemakers.

4. Claudia May

Founder, CML Brands

Claudia is the founder of CML Brands, the company behind, Claudia May Lingerie – an online boutique that curates the best of luxury lingerie from the world’s best brands.

5. Gavin Bell

Founder, BlueCliff Media

Gavin is the Founder of BlueCliff Media, an agency specialising in social advertising, especially Facebook ads. He also runs a regular vlog tracking the journey of his business.

6. Helena Hills & Simon Hills

Co-Founders, TrueStart Coffee

Co-Founders (and partners in life!) Helena and Simon, run TrueStart Coffee, a coffee brand designed for performance, now stocked in Holland & Barrett, Selfridges and Ocado.

7. James Gill

Founder, GoSquared

James & his friends started GoSquared when they were just 13. Now a global marketing software company with over a thousand customers, James & his team recently turned down a formidable buy-out offer in favour of growth.

8. Jon Basker

Founder, Audio Bay Management

If it’s something Jon doesn’t know about the music industry then it’s not worth knowing. After years of building contacts, Audio Bay Management now sees Jon travelling the world with his acts. He is now launching Wowdio, a cutting edge audio company for the smartphone age.

9. Paul Kelsall & Naomi Kelsall

Co-Founders, Kelsall Architects

Paul & Naomi are the team behind Manchester-based Kelsall Architects, a firm with their sights set on developing remarkable buildings & renovations.

10. Rosie Hardy

Photographer – Website

Rosie is a go-to name when it comes to all things photography. She has worked with some of the biggest brands, bands and everyone in between, including Maroon 5, Elle and The X Factor.

11. Sandra Berko

Founder, SB Vision

Sandra started out working for companies like TransferWise, building teams from their early days to hundreds of employees in a short space of time. Now, through SB Vision, she works with companies in a similar way focusing on maximising their employees’ potential through coaching.

12. Steven Bartlett

Founder, Social Chain

Steve is already making a name for himself as Co-Founder of Social Chain – a company of millennials changing the way brands reach audiences on social channels – and through his daily vlogs which frequently feature on our news feed.

13. Tom Carter

Founder, Ultrahaptics

At just 27, Tom has raised over £25m for his company, Ultrahaptics – a technology firm creating touchable sound (yes, it’s as cool as it sounds). With the applications for such technology in VR, AR, medical, and many other industries, we think he’s only just getting started.

14. Tom Dewhurst & Jon Lugg


Tom (Founder) and Jon (Business Development Director) are the driving force behind Ordoo – the order-ahead app that saves you time grabbing your order from some of your favourite spots.

15. Vincent Howard & Sam White


We care for our eyes and our teeth regularly, but what about our ears? Hearology are changing that with their ear care services and partnered technology products including custom-fitted, intuitive headphones. Oh and their expo van is called Ear Force One.