[Skip to Content]

Meet this year's shortlisted Pioneers

Find out more about this year's shortlisted companies...

Helena kelly & Joe Pole

Heritage Archaeology

Heritage Archaeology is an independent historic environment consultancy, launched in 2018 by Helena Kelly and Joseph Pole. The consultancy provides advice to clients on planning and the historic environment, producing a range of reports including heritage statements, desk-based assessments and environmental impact assessments, as well as managing projects on the client’s behalf. We also provide expert witness services and specialist training.

We work to a high professional standard on a range of fantastic projects throughout the east midlands and the UK from our base in Market Harborough. Whether it is extending a listed building or constructing a large-scale infrastructure project, we are delighted to offer all of our clients a high quality and reliable service, finding pragmatic solutions to their heritage or archaeology needs.  

‘As a new startup, we are delighted to be part of Pioneer 10, gaining valuable insight and support from the mentors and being part of the business community at HIC.’

Web: www.heritagearchaeology.co.uk 

Verity Davis

Seven Scents


Seven Scents

Launched in June 2017 Seven Scents Home is a multi channel business that produces exquisitely-scented home fragrances by hand in Verity’s kitchen in Market Harborough. The candles are made using only Echo Soya Bean Wax and high-quality essential oil blends. 

“I am totally honoured to be nominated for this years pioneer awards. Having the support from the programme experts and office space at the centre will be an instrumental part of growing the Seven Scents brand. “

Web: www.sevenscents.co.uk

Peter Wilkinson



Pyrology provides a wide range of high integrity, cost effective, fire safety and risk management services to both established buildings and new build projects.

We recognise that it’s just not possible to create buildings that are absolutely safe, or completely secure. We also know that the financial investment made by building users in the facilities they occupy is finite and it is crucial that it’s spent wisely.

That’s why Pyrology was created. We analyse, quantify and advise on physical risks within the built environment and communicate with our client in a pragmatic and understandable way, whether they are a designer, enforcer, insurer, owner or occupier. Our services, whilst being varied, are always of high integrity, cost effective, and useful.

Web: www.pyrology.co.uk

Nish Wickramasinghe

The Curious Agency

The Curious Agency

We are marketing and advertising communications specialists, who ask a lot questions to get great results. Having been in the industry for 26 years we appreciate clients often have hurdles getting their messages out to market that are cost-effective, innovative and from a responsive agency. In 2012 I created Curious Agency to relieve those pain-points.

We usually work as lead or sole agency. This is where we excel, building long-term relationships that allow us too really understand our clients, their competitors and what our clients need to be heard in their market. We also support our client’s in-house design teams, offering a wider understanding of trends, new techniques and ideas.

We have proven results and successes, such as $65m in bids wins for one of our global clients. Other wins such as £760,000 in new revenue for a client within first week of new product launch. Our business sectors are varied, including professional services, retail, oil and gas, agriculture, B2B, financial services…

We work across traditional and digital communications, mixing these to get the best results for you and your business.

Curious Agency is set up differently from most. We don’t have account managers – so you deal directly with the team of experienced designers and problem solvers. This means we are more agile and cost effective.

Web: www.curiousagency.co.uk

Caroline Hunt

Emerald Starfish

Emerald Starfish

Emerald Starfish helps companies and organisations with their recruitment and redundancy projects across East Midlands and East Anglia.

On the recruitment side we operate as if we are our client’s outsourced recruitment department. We specialise within the SME market working with companies who have little or no internal recruiting function and are looking for the best talent within the market. We go to market and find candidates for our clients, advertising roles and screening applicants under their brand and only charging for our time rather than a placement fee.

On the outplacement side we work with companies who are going through restructuring and redundancy programmes supporting their staff with training to ensure that they have the tools and support that they need to re-enter the job market from CV writing through to interviewing skills.

Web: www.emerald-starfish.com

Paul Trilk

Success Local

Success Local

We are Success Local, a vibrant digital marketing agency totally focused on supporting small and medium sized businesses reach their true potential online. Based in Lutterworth, specialising in Bespoke Web Design, SEO, PPC and Social Media Marketing, our ambition is to deliver positive results through exceptional customer service and face to face relationships, with all our customers.

Web: www.successlocal.co.uk