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AJ Wells lights an export fire
AJ Wells man in front of a fire

Forty-two years ago, Alfred Wells started a small engineering business in Niton on the Isle of Wight. Today, the original workforce - father and two of his sons - has grown to 160 (with nine members of the family involved). And the main product of… Read more »

Now, hear this business

Put any easy assumptions to one side and watch this film. Melanie Ulyatt, managing director of Chesterfield-based specialist care and training company One Two One Support Services, and Mike Cherry of the FSB, on the powerful role that small businesses can and do play in employing… Read more »

Say cheese. And then say exports.

Exports are the whey ahead for Lye Cross Farm. Three generations of the Alvis family have been making Cheddar cheese in the lush farmland of north Somerset since the 1950s. Today, consumers from the USA to France, from Spain to Singapore, tuck into their products.… Read more »

A man who knows no barriers

Mark Esho contracted polio at the age of five. But it didn’t stop him starting and building a successful business. In this inspiring film, he talks - as an employer and entrepreneur - about the qualities that disabled people bring as employees. If you would… Read more »