New markets/all case studies

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 »

How to build up a firm (literally)

First it was Australia. Now the consulting engineers Cundall are in 20 locations around the world with projects ranging from the award-winning high-rise 1 Bligh in Sydney to the south stand at the home of rugby union, Twickenham. In this film, Cundall partner Carole O'Neill describes how the… 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 »

The “how to write a business plan” guide
Bev Hurley: encouraging women to plan and grow their businesses

During this Global Entrepreneurship Week, plenty of people - from schoolchildren to  50+-year-olds - will, we hope, be inspired to start a business.  One big question many of them will ask: how do I write my first business plan? There’s a wealth of online material… Read more »

Socks appeal

Now here’s a fascinating story: a company that in less than 30 years has been a manufacturer, a wholesaler and is now a thriving international online retailer - and through those transitions it has been run by different members of the same family. Universal Textiles… Read more »