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 »

Proteins and partnerships: a base for growth

Let’s get the name clear: Cambridge Research Biochemicals (CRB) is a proud Teesside company and it’s not based in Cambridge. Its roots, though, do lie in the university city: CRB was founded in Cambridge in the 1980s as a pioneer business in the early years… Read more »

Productivity and innovation under one roof

The 17 year-old firm of Cartwright Pickard Architects (CPA) has won numerous awards, including prestigious accolades from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Designing offices, residential housing and schools, CPA says that, as an architectural practice, it has to "deliver value to our customers through more than… Read more »

Breaking the cycle

"I spend my life in rooms of people, none of whom look like me," observes Piers Linney, CEO of Outsourcery. In this video the Dragons' Den star, who was also recently named entrepreneur of the year at the Black British Business Awards, talks about the value of… Read more »