Grow/case studies

So, just how good is your business plan?

Next week is National Business Planning Week, so it’s an opportune time to assess the quality of your business plan. Or to set about writing one - because no business will succeed without a plan. “Very few business owners step back and plan; they spend all their… Read more »

Faster connections, stronger growth

There won't be many businesses that couldn't benefit from faster broadband connections. In a constantly-on, ever-connected environment, high speed really does lead to stronger growth. So it's not surprising that the recent launch of the Connection Vouchers scheme, which provides assistance to small and medium-sized… Read more »

An export success that is no simulation

From creating virtual shops and showrooms of the future, to interactive apps and 3D training tools, the use of computer games technology is now central to many business activities. And that's good news for Coventry-based Serious Games International, whose customers include Jaguar, Nissan and BAE Systems… Read more »

Growing a business, come rain or shine

It's a far cry from her former career as a gilts trader in the City, but Julia Hunter is making a splash with her innovative waterproof outdoor furnishings. Now her business Oily Rag is set to make huge strides in 2014 as a result of a… Read more »

Toddlebike’s big break

When Jo Hockley’s son saw Belgian toddlers happily cycling on brightly coloured plastic bikes, he wanted one. But when Jo went online to order it, she found that the bike couldn’t be sourced in the UK. She contacted the Czech manufacturer, negotiated exclusive distribution rights… Read more »