SWINDON AND WILTSHIRE LEP
TOP 5 VISIBLE SCALEUPS BY EMPLOYEE GROWTH
Provides civil engineering and groundwork services to both the private and public sector.
Sells furniture and homeware, focussing on the use of natural materials.
Provides manufacturing services for pharmaceutical products. Service include deployment of clinical trials, batch manufacturing and patientspecific manufacturing.
Operates an ecommerce retailer, specialising in products for the home.
BLUE MAX BANNER
Retails school uniforms online.
TOP 5 VISIBLE SCALEUPS BY TURNOVER GROWTH
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A provider of communications infrastructure and IT support services for businesses, schools and government.
Outsource UK provides recruitment services to a range of industries such as engineering and banking.
ADVANCED PLASMA POWER
Develops technology and systems for the generation of fuel gases from municipal waste and commercial/ industrial waste.
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LOCAL LEP SCALEUP PROGRAMMES
Swindon and Wiltshire LEP has identified that scaleup businesses are an important cohort in developing the local economy and growing GVA. Its approach has been to signpost and refer businesses to scaleup programmes run by Inspire, one of the local Chambers of Commerce organisations.
Inspire has put peer to peer networking and a strong focus on scaleup account managers at the centre of its approach. There are two new interlinked networks for business: those already scaling (Inspire Elite) and those who aspire to scaleup (Inspire Elevate). Key elements of the programme are quarterly meetings for peer to peer knowledge sharing and learning. These meetings also help businesses collaborate, share experiences, pursue joint ventures, find efficiencies and build expertise.
Each participating business has a dedicated and experienced commercial Account Manager who conducts a detailed ‘fact find’ on the business, works with them to build a robust growth strategy and 3 – 5 year plan and provides introductions to relevant experts and programmes for growth from both the private and public sectors. Specific programmes include leadership development, access to finance and markets plus skills development.
Scaleups also have the direct relationship with a senior Partnership Director with experience in building partnerships in the corporate sector and who has been an owner manager of a scaling business. The role of Partnership Directors is to seek out and build strong partnerships with all stakeholders in the region and beyond to connect the Scaleup to expertise and opportunity.
All sectors are represented but there is a particular focus on manufacturing, engineering, digital and business services. In the 10 months to September 2017 135 businesses had been recruited to the two programmes.