Fareham company named in top 10 list for promising firms

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GROWING company LeadStream have been named in the top 10 in the list of most promising new businesses.

The Segensworth firm were ranked eighth in Startups.co.uk annual Startups 100.

Staff at LeadStream were pleased with the announcement as previous top 10 companies have included Deliveroo and Purplebricks.

Sponsored by AXA Business Insurance, the list ranks the country’s most inspiring and transformative new businesses launched in the past three years.

LeadStream, on Barnes Wallis Road, was started in January 2015 by Matthew Milnes and Michael Hubbard.

Since then, it has grown to have more than 50 members of staff.

Chief executive Mr Milnes said: ‘The south coast is a great place to start a business, with a wealth of talented staff available, great transport links and flexible office space in abundance.

‘We were very fortunate to have all of this on our doorstep.’

LeadStream specialise in finding customers for financial services companies through online forms. But instead of handing the customers details over to a broker, they speak to them first, verifying their details and confirming they are interested in the product.

This ensures customers are transferred to the correct financial adviser at a time which is convenient for them.

Mr Hubbard, director, said: ‘We noticed what we felt to be a hole in the financial services industry and knew that we would be able to bridge the growing gap between brokers and prospective customers.

‘By refining and reimagining the way people are introduced to financial services professionals we have managed to help a substantial number of UK families.

‘In November alone we connected 13,818 customers to a brokers who were able to give them advice and support.’