DD Salon Supplies, Faraday Drinks, Oikos Family Centres and Itaca Branding are finalists in the New Business of the Year category at the Bradford Means Business Awards 2021

DD Salon Supplies

The family run business opened its doors in Low Moor, Bradford earlier this year. The firm supplies most major brands in the hair and beauty sector to the trade, operating a store and website, as well as a delivery service.

Owner Adam Davison said he set up a distribution centre two years ago in Lincoln, but Bradford is the first store for the company.

The company plans to expand the empire with Bradford at its hub.

Faraday Drinks

University of Bradford graduate Omar Bahadur brought Faraday Drinks to life after experiencing how unhealthy most energy drinks were as a busy student.

He spent two years refining the recipe and packaging to create a natural zero sugar energy drink served in a resealable can.

The drink has a raspberry rose flavour with a raspberry cherry zero sugar due to launch shortly.

Oikos Family Centres

The organisation helps families flourish through improving parenting skills. It’s residential centres provide a safe and supportive assessment environment for families who have areas of concern and want to explore solutions regarding their ability to parent their child effectively.

Oikos works to keep families together and is commissioned by local authorities, but primarily for Bradford, and is one of only 59 similar centres in the country.

Itaca Branding

Itaca is a family business specialising in supplying garments and promotional items, offering embroidery, vinyl printing, sublimation, stickers, wall art, signage and promotional products.

The team can provide one-off designs, through to wholesale distribution on a range of clothing. Customers include workwear, PPE, schools, sports clubs, charities and festivals. It was personalised face masks that saw their business take off.