Grow/case studies

Financing growth: the Regional Growth Fund

A manufacturer of overhead cranes and crane components in Derbyshire. A maker of specialist flavours, fragrances and ingredients in Suffolk. A beer bottling plant in Kent. It may sound pretty random but these three businesses have one thing in common - they all secured funding… Read more »

When part-time is the answer, not a concession

It was a classic kitchen table idea. In 2004, as two mothers with years of professional experience behind them, Emma Stewart and Karen Mattison wanted to find quality part time employment. But no joy. So they launched a social enterprise, Women Like Us, to support women back… Read more »

Financing growth: the Enterprise Finance Guarantee

Short-term working capital can be a source of strain for many businesses. Yet while many innovative short-term working capital platforms – such as peer-to-business lending – are emerging, some business owners still prefer to keep their lending relationship with one bank. But if you can’t… Read more »

Finance for growth: peer to business lending

Business owners might be surprised at the substantial number of individuals and other businesses who are actively looking to lend online to other businesses. The peer-to-business (or peer-to-peer) lending sector is more than doubling each year and the UK is the undisputable world leader of… Read more »

The firefighter with a burning ambition to grow

Batley-based Angloco has been designing and building special purpose firefighting and rescue vehicles for 40 years. And from growing exports to improving the production techniques on its factory floor, this is one smart manufacturer that knows how to learn. The £17m-turnover company exports to customers in 50… Read more »