This award celebrates the entrepreneurship and creativity of a business that launched with a truly innovative idea on eBay.
In 2004, Mark Brown swapped university to pursue his dream of becoming a video producer. Although he was prepared to invest in the necessary equipment, he couldn’t justify spending over £300 on an editing keyboard – so he decided to create his own.
Using plastic veneers, he created a product that would transform a normal PC or Mac keyboard into an editing one, for only £8.99. He ordered 100 units and, after taking one for himself, listed them all on eBay. In just one day, he had sold out and was astounded when he received requests for more items.