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

MYJAR provides both short-term and long-term loans to consumers.

Poole Bay Holdings
Poole Bay Holdings operates a number of companies, which manufacture and sell a range of products for businesses, such as health and safety, medical and hygiene equipment and outdoor furniture.

Platform One
Platform One offers asset management services to investors.

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.

MSP Capital
MSP Capital provides financial and lending services, focussing on the funding of residential developments.

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Turnover Growth

Muc-Off has developed a range of cleaning and maintenance products for bicycles, motorcycles, cars and watercraft.

Beyond Retail
Beyond Retail operates retail websites and brands selling homeware goods, fixtures and fittings.

Employ My Ability
Employ My Ability offers vocational training courses and a range of therapies to individuals with special educational needs, while also aiming to provide supported living and respite care.

Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant
Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant operates as a restaurant while also hosting weddings and parties.

Amiral operates a series of care homes, specialising in mental health support and assisting the elderly.

Local LEP ScaleUp Programmes

The LEP’s key scale-up programme is being delivered in partnership with Evelyn Partners, helping selected cohorts of owners and directors to develop an action plan for growth covering key areas including creating foundations for growth, raising finance, attracting talent and operating effectively at scale. Launched in 2022, the new Business Growth Groups in collaboration with Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Evolve, offers tailored one-to-one specialist support covering business strategy, attracting talent, funding for growth, international trade and exporting to new markets as well as leadership, financial resilience and net zero. The LEP’s fully funded bid writing support service has helped Dorset businesses attract more than £1m in grant funding 2021/2022. Access to infrastructure for local scaleups is available through Its ongoing partnership with the Arts University Bournemouth through its Innovation Studio acting as a hub for industry engagement and operating tailored design innovation support for female entrepreneurs; the Defence Battle Lab, jointly funded by the LEP and MOD, offering test and trial defence solutions along with conference and events spaces.

Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are Access to the talent you can hire, UK Markets & International Markets and Access to infrastructure/premises / broadband/. They are looking for support through Funding/support for innovation and R&Dand want easier acces to Local professional services.

Top barriers to growth

  1. Access to the talent you can hire
  2. UK Markets & International Markets
  3. Access to infrastructure/premises / broadband/

want TO SEE more of:

  • Funding/support for innovation and R&D
  • Local professional services

Dorset’s core scaleup programmes will run into 2023. Digital infrastructure remains a priority focus across the region as a key growth enabler. This is driven by the region’s 5G Rural Dorset Programme and the 5G Digital Rollout Programme in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.