MKBAA 2020: The Witan finalists

Three resident companies were finalists at the MK Business Achievement Awards.

Not only were Witan Studios personally mentioned in the Sunday Times’ Best place for business: Milton Keynes article, but three resident companies were announced as finalists in the esteemed Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards 2020.

The annual awards recognise the highest achieving businesses across Milton Keynes, at a glitzy and glamourous ceremony on 12th March at the Marshall Arena. So who in Witan made the cut?

Boxx Communications – Studio C/2

Founded by James Green and Dean Burgin back in 2011, Boxx Communications have one simple aim: to simplify telecommunications for UK businesses large and small. And that’s exactly what they do.

Since then, the telecoms landscape has changed significantly, and Boxx has evolved accordingly and they’re not shy of an award or two either.

Last year they won the Comms Business Awards 2019 Mid-Market ICT Solution award and this year they’ve also reached the finals for the SME MK & Buckinghamshire awards 2020.

Expandly – Studio I/2

Expandly’s multi-channel ecommerce software began life back in 2013 in typical startup fashion – founder Alan Wilson’s garage.

Eager to provide a simple way for online sellers to manage multiple sales channels, Alan and Employee #1 built a system that integrated a user’s Amazon, eBay, Esty and Shopify accounts into one simple dashboard.

Since then, Expandly has expanded to multiple sales channels, shipping carriers, accounting software and functionality – attracting serious investment, global customers and some teammates for Employee #1.

Expandly also introduced MK copy writer and blogger Niki Tibble, Founder of A Way With Words to the Studios too, who’s always on hand to help out with inspiration for creative content.

Immense – Studio F/1

With a name like Immense, you’d expect nothing less of this intelligent mobility startup reaching the finals of not one but two awards.

Founded in 2016, Immense is revolutionising the way transportation decisions are made across the world, using data science, machine learning, computer technology and a dash of common sense.

In just four years, Immense has attracted significant investment, global interest and has offices in Milton Keynes, London, Detroit, San Fransisco and Barcelona (although we’re sure Witan comes out top).

Would you like to join the successful business community? Be bold. Get in touch with Witan Studios’ Workspace Manager, Heather, on how to make an impact. Call 07774 483 904 or email You can visit for more information, too.

This feature was published in the April 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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