Employment and skills/all case studies

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 »

More bandwidth, better growth

Emma Mills is in the business of supporting other small businesses. Her ten-strong company, Mi PA, provides other small companies with a range of PA services. “We take the headaches away from our clients,” she says. She has grown the business from scratch over the… Read more »

Tell it as it is: the value of a mentor
Joanna Abeyiie, Managing Director of Shine Media

Joanna Abeyie started Shine Media when she was 21. She already had a full-time career as a journalist but she was determined to create more opportunities in the media industry for people who, like herself, didn’t have the connections, resources or support to help them… Read more »

Maurice Sedwell: tailored for success
Andrew Ramroop, owner of Maurice Sedwell

Andrew Ramroop arrived in UK from Trinidad in 1970 with a burning ambition of becoming a Savile Row tailor. He worked ferociously hard to fulfil that dream. Today, he owns and runs Maurice Sedwell on 19 Savile Row, making bespoke suits for customers around the… Read more »

SMT’s faster circuit to growth

In 2000, Phil Rowley was faced with a problem. He couldn’t source the type of electrical assembly work that he required from within the UK. So he started a business to do it himself. Since then, SMT Developments has grown into a 32-employee, £3m business… Read more »