Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Total number of scaleups

No. by employee growth

No. by turnover growth

No. by employee and turnover growth

Total employees

Total turnover

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Employee Growth

Hexagon Leasing
Hexagon Leasing provides vehicles for hiring including trucks, accident management transport and large transport fleets.

Cardzone operates a chain of retail stores, selling greeting cards and other giftware.

Sygnature Discovery
Sygnature Discovery provides outsourced research facilities and services, including drug discovery and computational chemistry, to the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors.

John Pye
John Pye operates an auction house, providing auctioneer services for a range of trading divisions.

Icon Aerospace
Icon Aerospace designs and manufactures polymer-based materials and products, from rubber to metal parts, used in industries such as aerospace, energy and industrials.

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Turnover Growth

SDL Group
SDL Group provides a range of services to property portfolio owners, buyers or sellers including surveying, valuations, letting, and mortgage broking.

The Kent Group
The Kent Group offers electrical, mechanical and civil engineering services specialising in the rail industry

Champions (UK)
Champions (UK) operates a creative brand agency offering a range of services such as PR, events management and marketing.

Collins Earthworks
Collins Earthworks provides a range of civil engineering and haulage services, such as machinery and earthwork haulage, land surveying and demolition.

Chesterfield Poultry
Chesterfield Poultry wholesales halal poultry.

Local LEP ScaleUp Programmes

The LEP has worked to Nottingham Trent University’s Business School to develop an UpScaler programm. This begins with a comprehensive diagnostic with one of two specialist business advisers. Participants are then signposted towards UpScaler activities, including a Leadership and Management Development programme targeting priorities, such as strategic and team development, leadership financial management and access to new markets. Participants also receive a monthly invitation to UpScaler Forums focussing on topics related to innovation and growth. The Forums provide an opportunity to learn from peers and tough questions provoke some very open discussion.

A choice of grant subsidy packages is also available. Participants can benefit from a subsidy of up to £1500 towards the cost of an external coach or 20% towards the first-year cost of employing a recent graduate depending on their growth needs. They are also signposted towards other sources of advice and learning.

Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are access to UK markets and access to tax breaks. They are looking for a range of support, including local universities / business schools, peer networks and local professional services, as well as from banks including the British Business Bank.

Top barriers to growth

  • Access to UK markets
  • Access to tax breaks

want TO SEE more of:

  • Local universities/business schools
  • Peer networks
  • Local professional services e.g. accountants and lawyers
  • Banks and other financial suppliers
  • British Business Bank
  • general business support from government

Funding is being sought to extend UpScaler for a further three years. Any extension to the programme will be targeted towards female and ethnic minority entrepreneurs with scaleup potential as thehy are currently under-represented among scaleup leaders.