Start case studies

Helping small companies to get retail-ready

Just having the chance to present your product to a top retail buyer can transform the fortunes of a small business. The PitchUp competition provides just such an opportunity. A partnership between John Lewis and StartUpBritain, PitchUp helps startups and small British-based companies get their… Read more »

Wiggle’s straight path to online growth

Wiggle started as a bike shop in 1920s Portsmouth. Today it's one of the world's biggest online retailers of cycling, running and swimwear goods, selling to 90 countries around the world. Its explosive growth kicked off in 2009 after the company had made a significant… Read more »

Talent and technology: what powers rural growth
Jane Field, founder, Jonny's Sister

Jane Field started Jonny’s Sister in 2005. Her previous career involved a lot of travel, taking her away from her children. She and her husband upped sticks and moved to the Dorset/Somerset countryside. So the driving forces behind starting her online retail business were family,… Read more »

Click, pay, give and grow

At this time of giving, here's a fascinating and inspiring film about a business that is transforming the act of giving. It's also about how a rurally-based business, situated among Worcestershire's mushroom and asparagus growers, can build relationships with more than 3,000 global retailers and… Read more »

One small business, so many lessons

In this film, Tracey Longmuir talks about starting up Isis Pet Care while being a single mum, cash flow and small business rate relief, and getting help from the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce as well as funding for hiring apprentices - she now employs eight members of staff.… Read more »