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by Startacus Admin

Only yesterday we featured the new NI startup event Friday Night Mashup and today we’ve got another good news story from a NI based startup.

We recently interviewed Paul Stewart co-founder of Belfast based business Unibaggage (and Startacus member, of course!) and today we’re featuringSmarta100 Awards- Unibaggage a follow-up of sorts!

Unibaggage were one of two Northern Irish startups* to be selected in the Smarta 100, the annual awards celebrating some of the more disruptive and innovative startups in the UK.

We’re delighted to report today that UniBaggage have beaten off stiff competition to be crowned overall winners in the best Micro Business category.

Unibaggage provides a cost effective postal service for students (and others) looking to get their baggage delivered from Northern Ireland to England and elsewhere and it offers an alternative to the costs generally charged by the national airlines. Also, it’s a lot easier than carrying all your bags at the airport!

Judges of the Smarta 100 included Piers Linney from Dragon’s Den, Will King, founder of King of Shaves and Holly Tucker MBE, founder of online retailer Not On the High Street. This year, there were 55,000 votes, 1,500 entries, 100 finalists and 10 winners. Another interesting fact? The combined turnover of all the finalists is £66 million. Impressive!

Interested in finding out some more about self starter Paul and Unibaggage itself? Just check out our previous interview with the man himself.  and a big congratulatory high five goes to Paul from the Startacus team for winning this award.

Perhaps next year we might enter ourselves!

If you liked this Northern Ireland themed post, you might also want to read about vcommerce platform Taggled - another NI startup making great shakes.

*(Incidentally, we also featured the other NI business to make the Smarta 100 quite recently - namely Uproar Comics. Check that article out here.)

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Published on: 20th November 2013

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