#A-Star Sports Celebrates Its Sprint Up The Startups 100 Listings

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A-Star Sports, the award-winning multi-sports coaching franchise business, has shot up the listings in the prestigious Startups 100 list, the most coveted accolade for the UK`s business newcomers and a celebration of the best in new British businesses.

The fast-growing young company now stands at number 56, up 33 places on last year, in the list of UK-based and privately-owned companies which demonstrate innovation, impressive financials and development potential.

The listing caps an award-winning week for A-Star Sports. It was also a finalist in the HP Small Business Awards, being placed in the top three out of hundreds of applicants in the Community category for its acclaimed Community Support Programme.

Sharon Bassett, the company’s Director of Marketing and Communications and co-founder, said: What a wonderful week. To be included in the Startups 100 list is an honour in itself, but to climb so far and so fast to this new level is really exciting.

These listings seek out companies which are likely to go on to be major providers of jobs and growth in the future. With the HP success as well, the whole team at A-Star Sports can justifiably give themselves a very big pat on the back.

Established only in October 2011, A-Star Sports provides multi-sports coaching for children as young as two years old and up to 10 years old.

Its business model is designed to make sport fun and accessible for children, and its peer-reviewed programme includes weekly classes, parties and holiday club places, as well as regular sessions in nurseries, playgroups and pre-schools.

With 186 entrepreneurs in this year’s Startups 100 list, and a range of business types from food and drink companies to game-changing tech start-ups, the 2013 index celebrates British business diversity and brilliance.

Startups editorial director Ian Wallis said: Some of the start-up ideas and the way in which they’ve been executed show business is never a closed shop – an incredibly heartening message for anyone starting a business. For consumers and businesses alike, it all leads to far more choice.

“What is perhaps most staggering is that, within just three years, the companies that form this list share an average turnover of over £700,000 and employ 11 people. Just imagine what these innovators and driven entrepreneurs are doing for the British economy.