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

McCarthy & Stone
McCarthy & Stone operates a property construction company, specialising in new build residential developments which are used as retirement homes.

Richmond Group
Richmond Group lends to businesses, and builds proptech, edtech and fintech companies such as Amigo , which provides guarantor loans to customers previously turned away by conventional banks based on their credit scores.

C G Fry & Son
C G Fry & Son provides construction services to an array of industries, including residential, commercial and education.

Clipper Contracting
Clipper Contracting provides financial and accountancy services to temporary workers, including payroll and expense management.

Ceuta Group
Ceuta Group operates as a holdings company in the outsourcing industry, specialising through various subsidiaries in sales, brand management and marketing amongst others.

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Turnover Growth

Cynergy3 manufactures a variety of electrical components, specialising in liquid level, flow and pressure sensors.

Sunseeker Poole
Sunseeker Poole manufactures luxury motor yachts and offers marine services.

Iracroft manufactures a wide range of metal tubes and pipes.

Luxurycare Group
Luxurycare Group operates a chain of nursing and care homes.

Reliance Scrap Metal
Reliance Scrap Metal collects and recycles scrap metals.

Local LEP ScaleUp Programmes

Dorset LEP is continuing its scale-up programme with Smith & Williamson. Aimed at directors, owners and CEOs, it offers a tailored package of support to help individual businesses devise an action plan for growth under themes such as: creating the foundations for growth, operating effectively at scale; attracting & retaining talent; and raising finance & choosing funding options for growth. The programme offers a limited number of high-growth or potential high- growth SME’s the opportunity to access funded support from specialist advisers outside the programme.
The fully-funded Bid Writing Support Service helped local businesses win more than £1m of competitive government grant funding – primarily Innovate UK funding – in 2020/21. The success of the service has led to the continuation of the service with an enhanced service on offer to those businesses who are scaling or can demonstrate high-growth potential. The LEP is also piloting a funded package of Innovation Design Support in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth which has already run two European-funded innovation support programmes aimed at helping local high-growth potential SMEs.

Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are Talent , Finance and Markets. They are looking for support through Innovate UK and LEPs/Growth Hubs.

Top barriers to growth

  1. Talent
  2. Finance
  3. Markets

want TO SEE more of:

  • Innovate UK
  • LEPs/Growth Hubs

The Defence Battle Lab at Dorset Innovation Park opens in November 2021. This new facility, jointly funded by Dorset LEP and the MOD, will feature an engineering workshop plus joint working and conference areas for the UK’s Armed Forces and the wider MOD, for the next 15 years. In its first ten years, the programme aims to create 90 new local jobs and add £4 million to the local economy. Another LEP-funded project opening this year is the Innovation Studio at Arts University Bournemouth to support and develop digital and creative industries. Digital infrastructure and connectivity remains a priority across the region. The 5G Rural Dorset R&D project will contribute to the understanding of how 5G can be used to respond to some specific challenges such as public safety, economic growth, food production and environmental as well as create new opportunities in Dorset and rural communities across the UK.