Accelerate/case studies

Pact Coffee: the flavour of success

It started as a thought in a kitchen over a cup of coffee - that people might be interested in buying superlative coffee online. Within 72 hours of the idea, Stephen Rapoport had sold his first bag of Pact Coffee through a fully-functioning website. It… Read more »

The shrewd company behind your smart devices

Fire alarms. Smart meters. CCTV cameras, boilers, thermostats, even washing machines – all of these devices have one thing in common: the Internet of Things, which connects devices so that they can be monitored, controlled and accessed remotely via apps. Intamac is Europe’s largest provider… Read more »

Gordons’ pioneering legal apprentices

It all started with a TV programme about social mobility. Upon watching it, Paul Ayre, managing partner of the 170 year-old Yorkshire law firm Gordons, was spurred into action. He himself had been raised on a council estate and had worked his way to the… Read more »

Financing growth: the Enterprise Finance Guarantee

Short-term working capital can be a source of strain for many businesses. Yet while many innovative short-term working capital platforms – such as peer-to-business lending – are emerging, some business owners still prefer to keep their lending relationship with one bank. But if you can’t… Read more »

Click, pay, give and grow

At this time of giving, here's a fascinating and inspiring film about a business that is transforming the act of giving. It's also about how a rurally-based business, situated among Worcestershire's mushroom and asparagus growers, can build relationships with more than 3,000 global retailers and… Read more »