TOPICAL INSIGHTS FROM WHAT’S IN THE NEWS’s 13 best business ideas for 2019 are:

1. Plant-based foods

2019 is going to see veganism (and other plant-based diets) truly go mainstream.

At the top of many news agendas and with Mintel naming ‘evergreen consumption’ as one of its key food trends, the nation is obsessed with everything #plantbased.

And with plant-based protein a growing market and a new shift towards ‘masculine plant power’, there’s plenty of opportunities for new businesses to capitalise on some less-exploited areas of the trend.

Read the full article on plant-based foods.

2. Plastic alternatives

Thanks to that alarming episode of BBC nature documentary Blue Planet II, the UK is finally making some headway in the war against single-use plastic.

So whether it’s developing recyclable alternatives to plastic products (like Ooho’s edible water bottle) or a more tech-savvy, app-based approach to help people reduce their plastic waste, 2019 is the year to rethink plastic.

Read the full profile on plastic alternatives business ideas.

3. Living with less

It’s 10 years since Airbnb was founded, but the global sharing economy has continued to grow and evolve, giving consumers the opportunity to share nearly anything imaginable.

Now, encouraged by an increasing trend for minimalism, people are using the sharing economy to borrow things they would previously have bought.

This growing trend for ‘living with less’ is creating new communities of borrowers and sharers that businesses can capitalise on.

Read the full profile on the sharing economy and the growing trend of living with less.

4. Bespoke beauty

Following last year’s business idea for ‘inclusive beauty’, this year, the trend is going one step further to become even more tailored and customisable for each individual.

From custom shampoo and conditioner for your particular hair type to skincare products with thousands of possible colour, fragrance and base combinations, ‘bespoke beauty’ has been deemed the number one beauty trend for 2019.

And with the UK’s health and beauty industry set to be worth £27bn by 2022, it’s a market well worth start-ups tapping into.

Read the full article on bespoke beauty business ideas.

5. Kintsugi

We know that lifestyle trends are a great place to look for business inspiration (in the past we’ve covered huge trends hygge and lagom).

But this year we’re looking even further afield than Scandinavia for ideas, and have gone all the way to Japan – and specifically the 15th-century art form and philosophy of Kintsugi.

Read the full profile on kintsugi.

6. Digital detox

Let’s face it, we’re all addicted to our smartphones, and it’s not good for us.

Fortunately, the first step to beating addiction is to admit it, and all of a sudden, consumers are very keen to disconnect.

Big corporations such as Apple and Google are getting in on the action with dashboards that help users monitor and manage their screen time, while other companies are creating getaways to help people cut down on screen time.

We predict 2019 will be the year of the digital detox, and there are plenty of opportunities for new start-ups to help people reduce the use of their digital devices.

Read the full profile on the digital detox trend.

7. Macramé and houseplants

If you’re looking for an interior or craft-based business idea, it’s time to look back to the 70s – yes, really.

With houseplants an ever-growing trend (as more and more people, particularly millennials, live without gardens) – macramé plant hangers have become the perfect insta-worthy solution to display city dwellers’ leafy lovelies.

With retailers like Habitat and Ikea already getting in on the action, 2019 is the perfect time for entrepreneurs to create products or services for plant-loving or crafty creatives.

Read the full profile of the 70s-inspired trend of macramé and houseplants.

8. American sports

It’s been over a century since the first game of American football was played on UK soil between two teams from the US Navy.

London will also play host to official games from the MBL and NBA in 2019.

With this in mind, an American sports start-up could be set to knock it out of the park in 2019.

Read the full article on American sports business ideas.

9. Online coaching and consultancy

Recent years have seen UK consumers fall in love with online, on-demand services.

Taking this to the next level, in 2019 consumers will turn to the internet for traditionally face-to-face services they previously wouldn’t have considered accessing online.

Utilising video links and live chats, everything from doctors appointments to divorce proceedings to sports coaching is becoming available from remote experts.

There’s ample opportunity for entrepreneurs here – whether providing freelance expertise or reworking an old-fashioned process online.

Read the full profile on becoming an online coach or consultant.

10. Inclusive children’s products

Reflecting Realities report published by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education found that only 1% of children’s books in the UK had a BAME main character in 2017, and the toy market continues to be incredibly un-diverse.

With high-profile organisations and media calling for change, 2019 should be the year the children’s market finally starts to more adequately represent the diversity of the real world – which creates a real opportunity.

Read the full article on starting an inclusive children’s products business.

11. Microblading

A near-permanent solution to eyebrow woes and a great business opportunity, microblading is a beauty trend with a lot of business mileage.

A similar procedure to tattooing, microblading has been developed specifically for eyebrows, with results that last two years (rather than a lifetime).

Read the full profile on microblading.

12. Luxury pet care

While we have covered pet-related business opportunities before, in 2019 pets are still big business – huge, in fact. 45% of households in the UK own a pet and, in 2017, a whopping £4.62bn was spent on pets and related products in the UK.

Read the full profile on starting a luxury pet care business.

13. Personal health apps

In 2019, smartphone apps for healthcare are giving people the power to take control of their health, without the need for a trip to the doctor.

Read the full profile on personal health app opportunities.


Pete Schonbeck