Employment and skills/all case studies

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 »

One small business, so many lessons

In this film, Tracey Longmuir talks about starting up Isis Pet Care while being a single mum, cash flow and small business rate relief, and getting help from the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce as well as funding for hiring apprentices - she now employs eight members of staff.… Read more »

Planning and apprentices: making growth at Milltech
The Milltech factory floor: constant investment in machinery and flexible working practices have helped to drive the business forward

Not many small engineering companies have trebled in size over the past eight years. Constant planning and a commitment to apprentices have been central to the success of Norwich-based Milltech. Managing Director Mike Ottolangui tells the story. The company started with one machine in 1993.… Read more »

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 »