24 Design Startups in UK to Watch in 2020

UK's Design sector is booming. This year’s list of the best 24 UK Design startups is an eclectic mix of hyper-growth scaleups, small creative startups and everything in between.

The last update was made on January 24, 2023.

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Farfetch is an online luxury fashion retail platform.

London   1001-5000   $701,500,000  

Horizon Discovery

Horizon is a world-leading gene editing company that designs & engineers genetically-modified cells, applying them to advance human health.

Cambridge   251-500   $38,511,176  


Twine connects companies to creatives by making it simple to write a project brief and curating the best quality freelancers.

Manchester   1-10   $1,057,887  


Whisk is a smart food platform that makes recipes shoppable.

Birmingham   11-50   $847,042  

MISSION Therapeutics

MISSION Therapeutics is a platform of technologies for the development of drugs targeting enzymes involved in cancer and other diseases.

Cambridge   11-50   $127,572,919  

Agile Analog

Agile Analog is a company with a mission to transform the landscape of the Analog IP market space.

Cambridge   11-50   $5,054,487  


Kraydel is a small, plug, and play device enabling the elderly to age safely at home.

Belfast   11-50   $1,655,709  

Parking Energy

Parking Energy provides an electric car charging system for real estate properties.

Reading   11-50   $5,678,581  


Mindtrace builds intelligent systems which exploit the synergy of brain-inspired algorithms and neuromorphic hardware.

Manchester   1-10   $1,744,210  

Hargreaves Lansdown

Hargreaves Lansdown plc is a financial service company based in Bristol that sells funds and shares and related products.

Bristol   501-1000    


The marketplace for handcrafted designer jewellery featuring over 450 independent designers and 20,000 unique pieces of jewellery

Bristol   11-50   $318,546  

Learning Technologies Group

Learning Technologies Group is an e-learning services company.

Brighton   251-500    

Spearhead Compliance Training

Spearhead Compliance Training delivers accredited training courses to individuals and organisations nationwide

Birmingham   101-250   $174,794  

Low Carbon Lighting

LCL designs and makes LED lights which use up to 70% less power than conventional models and last 10 times as long.

Newcastle   43840   $1,278,345  

Prysm Media Group

PRYSM Group is one of the fastest-growing and most progressive exhibition organisers in the world.



LightwaveRF offers innovative, affordable and stylish home automation technology.

Birmingham   1-10    

Call of the Brave

Call of the Brave to help people affected by unfair fashion in a way that doesn't cost the earth.

Bristol   1-10   $13,873  


The most innovative global marketplace for curated art and design online and a service provider of the most advanced Internet technologies

Brighton   11-50    

Q Technologies

Q Technologies develops and supplies innovative mass spectrometry systems.


Player Research

Player Research are industry-leading playtesting and user research specialists.

Brighton   11-50    

Hayward Hawk

Hayward Hawk provides high end recruitment solutions for the technology industry in the UK and Ireland.

Belfast   11-50    

Stay Planner

B2B PaaS Digital Concierge increasing revenues of hotels, villa operators and serviced apartments, listed as an Innovator by Info-Tech.

Reading   1-10    

C. K. Davie

C. K. Davie distributes residential and commercial floorcoverings.


Create Or Close Sales

CreateAndClose can manage your sales for you with a flexible approach tailored to each client.

Belfast   43840    

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