The budding businesses behind New Year’s Eve

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After the festivities of Christmas, New Year’s Eve sees revellers from across the UK, and indeed the world, gather to celebrate the close of one year and the start of the next.

undefinedOf course, none of these celebrations would be possible without the many SMEs that put in the hours to make the big night a success.

Aldermore recognises five inspiring independent British businesses that work hard to help the nation get the New Year off to a thrilling start.

 Haggis Adventures

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most popular destinations on the 31st of December, with torchlight processions, live performances and a traditional Scottish Keilidh, all climaxing in a midnight fireworks show. Haggis Tours is one of the many businesses involved in the event, offering four to seven day travel packages from London so southern revellers can join in the Hogmanay fun and discover more of Scotland’s best attractions.

Frog and Bucket comedy clubs

Initially launched as a side-project by Manchester pub owner Dave Perkin, The Frog and Bucket has become the North West’s most recognisable comedy club, offering an amusing alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve festivities. The club has played a crucial role in launching some of the comedy scene’s biggest names in recent years, including Johnny Vegas, John Bishop and Peter Kay.

Camel Valley

When husband-and-wife team Bob and Annie Lindo set up a vineyard on their Cornish farmland in 1989, little did they know that the business would grow to become such a success. Camel Valley’s sparkling wine has gone on to win numerous awards in the past decade, including the International Wine Challenge Gold Medal, and son Sam Lindo has now joined the company as chief winemaker.


Having scoured the internet for a local nightlife listings site to no avail, in 2001 students Richard Dyer and Ben Sebborn decided to set up their own. Thirteen years later, Skiddle is the UK’s largest what’s on guide and a leading ticket vendor, thanks in no small part to the pair’s readiness to embrace innovative technology, from paperless entry systems to the world’s first Facebook ticket shop app.

Aurora Fireworks

In 1996, Robert Byles took his first step towards making a profession out of his passion for pyrotechnics, launching bespoke firework display business, Aurora Fireworks. Together with son Stephen, the family business has put on custom displays for everyone from Peter Andre to the Financial Times, adapting each show to complement the occasion and surroundings.

Aldermore is glad to have played a part in supporting the growth goals of numerous UK SMEs in 2014, and wishes Britain’s entrepreneurial community even greater success in 2015.

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