THAMES VALLEY BERKSHIRE LEP
TOP 5 VISIBLE SCALEUPS BY EMPLOYEE GROWTH
Develops an online data management platform on which businesses are able to securely backup and organise their data in an online archive, with additional offsite storage locations for more secure data protection.
Provides plant and equipment hire to companies in the construction and railway industries.
Operates a number of clothing shops and an online store selling mens clothing, influenced by street culture.
Produces sand and gravel aggregates for the construction industry, and wood pellets for heating and bedding. They also produce energy and fertiliser from biodegradable waste via their subsidiary company Anadigestion, and are developing sustainable homes at their Spencers Farm site.
KBIS BRITISH EQUESTRIAN INSURANCE
Provides equestrian related insurance covering a range of aspects such as injury to animal, personal accidents, and equestrian property insurance.
TOP 5 VISIBLE SCALEUPS BY TURNOVER GROWTH
Provides a range of building services such as airport installation, workforce personnel supply, IT system installation, and mechanical and electrical system building.
Provides scaffolding and temporary access services on a contractual base.
Provides experiential marketing services to clients, a form of marketing which focusses on using activities and events to engage consumers directly in the client’s product and brand.
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Operates a holdings company for a wide range of companies such as Haldey’s Hairdressing, Phoenix Sporting Goods, and Hogan Music.
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LOCAL LEP SCALEUP PROGRAMMES
Thames Valley Berkshire (TVB) LEP’s Businesses in Berkshire Report identifies three key barriers to growth in Berkshire: access to skills, investment, and property. Tackling these barriers is the key driver of their scaleup strategy.
A partnership with Oxford Innovation delivers a programme to scaleup companies over four years. This includes the GROW@GreenPark co-working hub, targeted one-to-one engagements delivered by TVB’s Business Champions and masterclasses on range of demand-led topics.
A large area of flexible space at Thames Valley Science Park will create a new community of innovation and technology led companies and is forecast to deliver up to 5,000 jobs. TVB LEP’s award-winning Escalator offers non-traditional finance to high-growth-potential scaleups. It has created or safeguarded 476 jobs, leveraged £16m of private equity and invested in 49 scaleups. The Escalator offers new and potential highgrowth companies the Expansion Loan Scheme, specifically designed to help businesses scale up and accelerate growth. The LEP also leads the work of the seven South East England LEPs with BEIS and the British Business Bank on the South East Seed legacy funds.
Analysis shows scaleups and potential scaleups in the Thames Valley are most likely to operate in the IT, manufacturing or wholesale and retail sectors and are mainly small or micro businesses. TVB Growth Hub has worked with more than 360 businesses, providing skills training for 141 business leaders and leveraging £3.66m debt and equity investment into client companies. It has helped create 177 new positions and safeguard a further 43 jobs.