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Broom Boats broadens its skills base

Broom Boats has been building boats on Norfolk’s River Yare for roughly 120 years; it was a pioneer in aft-cabin craft and has maintained its market-leading niche position for decades. Remarkably, Broom still does everything in-house, with its own joinery, engineering, electrical, fabrication, upholstery and… Read more »

The beauty of a healthy export business

DCS Group began by selling and distributing health, beauty and household brands. It has become the market leader; it’s the official UK sales and distribution company for multinationals such as P&G, Gillette, Unilever and Colgate. But it has also transformed and grown into a manufacturer and brand-owner with a global reach.… Read more »

Workplace pensions: finding a simple solution

By 2018, an estimated 1.3m UK firms will have to comply with the new law on workplace pensions. But it need not be a daunting experience. One company that has automatically enrolled its staff is StuffUSell. Founded by David Brackin ten years ago, StuffUSell sells more than £1m worth… Read more »

Graham & Brown’s long-term roll-out strategy

It’s a story that would astonish - and delight - Harold Graham and Henry Brown. In 1946, the two men started to make wallpaper in Blackburn to satisfy the home decoration market in the post-war housing boom. Today, three of their grandsons still lead the… Read more »

Grub Club: growing the sharing economy

It’s a simple but brilliant idea. People love eating out together. Chefs want to reach new customers and promote their skills. A city such as London has innumerable unusual locations that can be used as dining venues. Enter Grub Club, a web platform designed to… Read more »