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Acorn Dairy: organic growth from council business

Winning public sector contracts has helped Acorn Dairy win more business and grow the company. Established in 2000 in Darlington by a dairy farming family, as a means to retail organic milk directly to the consumer. In 2004, the family-run dairy business spotted a contract opportunity to… Read more »

Snap Fashion: the picture of growth

From the cat-walk to your coat-hanger, the way in which we find and buy clothes is changing. And a young, innovative company in London is at the centre of this revolution. Snap Fashion is a visual search engine. See an item of clothing you like,… Read more »

Winning in the heat of global competition

When the two fathers of Chris Emes and Andrew Riley handed over the reins of their Black Country engineering company in the late 1980s, they may not have predicted that the two sons would make Mechatherm into one of the UK’s most successful, medium-sized exporters.… Read more »

Proteins and partnerships: a base for growth

Let’s get the name clear: Cambridge Research Biochemicals (CRB) is a proud Teesside company and it’s not based in Cambridge. Its roots, though, do lie in the university city: CRB was founded in Cambridge in the 1980s as a pioneer business in the early years… Read more »

Breaking the cycle

"I spend my life in rooms of people, none of whom look like me," observes Piers Linney, CEO of Outsourcery. In this video the Dragons' Den star, who was also recently named entrepreneur of the year at the Black British Business Awards, talks about the value of… Read more »