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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 »

The cab fare to growth
Amer Hasan

If one story tells you just how much the environment for raising equity finance for startups has changed, it’s that of Amer Hasan and minicabit. He’s secured funding from a top technology accelerator and from a group of business angels. He has made a successful… Read more »

The chocolate that is creating social change

“When we first pitched the concept of a delicious Fairtrade chocolate that was owned in part by Ghanaian cocoa producers, a lot of people thought that it was a nice idea but not commercially feasible in the long run,” says Divine Chocolate’s managing director Sophi… Read more »

Analyse this: the growth of Thyson Technology

The recent Manufacturing Advisory Service’s Barometer tells a story of sales growth and recruitment confidence among England’s smaller manufacturing companies. Record numbers are looking to take on staff. Seventy-three per cent of those surveyed expect to win more work between now and October and 59… Read more »

Bifold’s high-speed growth story

It began as a 19th-century business making miner’s lamps under the brand Bifold-Naylor. Today it is a world-class, high-growth business in the oil and gas industry. It is also a company that is on the threshold of transforming manufacturing. Manchester-based Bifold makes valves and pumps.… Read more »