Accelerate/case studies

Timpson’s life-changing recruitment policy

It all started when James Timpson, the managing director of shoe repair and key-cutting chain Timpson, was so impressed with Matt, an inmate who was showing him round Thorn Cross, a prison near Warrington, that he handed over his business card and asked Matt to… Read more »

A prescription for healthy growth
Bristol Labratories

Formerly a senior pharmaceuticals executive in Mumbai, Thembalath Ramachandran (known as TR) came over to the UK in 1997 to start his own new company - Bristol Laboratories. From a tiny office in Harrow, it has grown to a 300-strong enterprise with its head office… Read more »

AJ Wells lights an export fire
AJ Wells man in front of a fire

Forty-two years ago, Alfred Wells started a small engineering business in Niton on the Isle of Wight. Today, the original workforce - father and two of his sons - has grown to 160 (with nine members of the family involved). And the main product of… Read more »

Now, hear this business

Put any easy assumptions to one side and watch this film. Melanie Ulyatt, managing director of Chesterfield-based specialist care and training company One Two One Support Services, and Mike Cherry of the FSB, on the powerful role that small businesses can and do play in employing… Read more »

How to build up a firm (literally)

First it was Australia. Now the consulting engineers Cundall are in 20 locations around the world with projects ranging from the award-winning high-rise 1 Bligh in Sydney to the south stand at the home of rugby union, Twickenham. In this film, Cundall partner Carole O'Neill describes how the… Read more »