Finance Announcements

Helping small companies to get retail-ready

Just having the chance to present your product to a top retail buyer can transform the fortunes of a small business. The PitchUp competition provides just such an opportunity. A partnership between John Lewis and StartUpBritain, PitchUp helps startups and small British-based companies get their… Read more »

When big fuels the growth of small

Finding appropriate and available finance to grow your business is not exactly easy. And then it’s one thing to even secure it, quite another to use it effectively. Here’s how one bank is supporting growth companies with more than just money. For Andy Hill, founder… Read more »

Trunki rolls out its exports
Rob Law, CEO and founder of Magmatic, the creator of Trunkis

Rob Law’s Trunki suitcases have been an international hit from the outset. It started from the moment that he posted up a press release on a popular design blog to gauge interest in in his concept of wheeled suitcases for young children. It immediately led… Read more »

Wiggle’s straight path to online growth

Wiggle started as a bike shop in 1920s Portsmouth. Today it's one of the world's biggest online retailers of cycling, running and swimwear goods, selling to 90 countries around the world. Its explosive growth kicked off in 2009 after the company had made a significant… Read more »

Talent and technology: what powers rural growth
Jane Field, founder, Jonny's Sister

Jane Field started Jonny’s Sister in 2005. Her previous career involved a lot of travel, taking her away from her children. She and her husband upped sticks and moved to the Dorset/Somerset countryside. So the driving forces behind starting her online retail business were family,… Read more »