TOP 5 VISIBLE SCALEUPS BY EMPLOYEE GROWTH
Owns a group of trading, storage, agribusiness, and industrial companies.
Constructs and manages a variety of outdoor environments, including sports pitches, golf courses and equestrian arenas.
STEPPING STONES NI
Operates several social enterprise projects that employ and train adults with learning difficulties, including a group of coffee shops and a picture framing business.
An electricity provider.
Operates a chain of fresh food stores with a delicatessen, butchery, greengrocers, and bakery.
TOP 5 VISIBLE SCALEUPS BY TURNOVER GROWTH
Provides construction services.
Provides mechanical and electrical engineering services to a range of organisations, including Tesco & the NHS.
Sells new and used trucks and offers accident repair and driver services.
Manufactures steel equipment enclosures for the transportation, communications, and power supply sectors.
Offers construction, interior fit-out and refurbishment services, specialising in commercial interiors.
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LOCAL LEP SCALEUP PROGRAMMES
As the regional business development agency for Northern Ireland, Invest NI’s role is to grow the local economy by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland. Over the last 5 years it has delivered 23,000 growth projects promoting over 42,000 jobs.
INI operates an account management system for growth businesses, delivering a tailored engagement strategy.
Customers receive a bespoke sectoral service, led by a dedicated resource in each of their growth sector teams to drive sector development, supply chain opportunities and clustering support and align them with investment, export, and innovation and skills support.
INI is embarking on an open innovation transformation, seeking to shift the way innovation happens from an in-house approach to a collaborative innovation approach between businesses themselves. This will require a continuous cycle of knowledge generation and exchange, which will be supported with key partners such as Matrix, Catalyst Inc., regional universities and colleges and Innovate UK.
A key focus is on increasing Northern Ireland’s export capabilities and account management is used to deliver a global trade programme that specifically targets markets of interest to growth businesses. In priority international markets, INI is raising awareness of Northern Ireland’s companies’ capabilities, establishing key partnerships and helping them secure new business.
Invest Northern Ireland also works with scaling companies offering a world class leadership programme and programmes for those companies with ambition to scale.