Grow/case studies

Exporting is kids’ play for Playdale

Children in Seoul and Singapore don't know it, but they can thank a family-owned business in the Lake District for their fun. Playdale Playgrounds, which is based in Ulverston, has been making playground equipment for 35 years - and is a modern export success. Yet its focus on exporting only… Read more »

The Briggs brothers’ flying start to car making

Liverpool has been one of the fastest growing cities in the UK over the last ten years, so perhaps it's not surprising that one of the world's fastest cars is now accelerating out of the blocks from Merseyside. BAC, or Briggs Automotive Company to give its full name,… Read more »

Why training has been our best investment

It's a world-class manufacturer in the West Midlands. Each one of its 185 employees receive, on average, 200 hours of training each year. Tony Hague, managing director of Power Panel Electrical Systems on the importance of training, apprenticeships and why every company should "do its bit"… Read more »

The billion-part maker with new markets ahead

In the centre of Birmingham, there’s a family-owned, 152-year-old company that makes and ships around four million components every week to China. And every morning, you can thank that company for your cup of tea. Because in the majority of domestic kettles in the world,… 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 »