Accelerate/case studies

A big idea takes flight

It’s bigger than a football field, making it the world’s largest aircraft (about 60 feet longer than an Airbus A380). It is a mixture of aeroplane, airship, helicopter and hovercraft. It’s greener and quieter than other air transport. Oh, and a larger version is already… Read more »

Why the sky is no limit to Sky-Futures

It's not easy inspecting an oil rig, particularly when it's miles out at sea. Sky-Futures, a five-year-old business that specialises in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industrial inspection services, is providing a cutting-edge solution to some of the energy industry's toughest challenges. The company's operators work… Read more »

Financing growth: make customers your investors

Many successful businesses start in difficult times. Naked Wines was started one week after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Today, the wine-selling website has more than 200,000 pre-paying customers across the UK, USA and Australia and is delivering profits in excess of £1m.… 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 Regional Growth Fund

A manufacturer of overhead cranes and crane components in Derbyshire. A maker of specialist flavours, fragrances and ingredients in Suffolk. A beer bottling plant in Kent. It may sound pretty random but these three businesses have one thing in common - they all secured funding… Read more »