Greater Birmingham and Solihull

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

2 Sisters Food Group
2 Sisters Food Group produces and supplies supermarkets with a variety of meat and poultry, ready meals, biscuits and frozen food products.

Busy Bees Childcare
Busy Bees Childcare operates a number of nurseries.

The Best Connection
The Best Connection provides personnel supply services to the driving, logistics, retail and industrial sectors under its own umbrella SWS , which operates a number of recruitment and training companies.

MV Kelly
MV Kelly offers civil engineering and building services, specialising in groundworks and infrastructure.

GO Outdoors
GO Outdoors sells camping outdoor wear and equipment, both online and in-store.

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Turnover Growth

Talis develops software for education providers, including Talis Aspire, a tool allowing academics to locate and manage learning resources.

DESIblitz is an online British Asian lifestyle magazine.

SKAN manufactures a wide range of glass and ceramic materials.

Aston Manor
Aston Manor operates a number of orchards and cider press facilities, that produce a variety of cider brands.

Furness Holdings
Furness Holdings operates as a holding company for several garage door manufacturers and retailers, including Wessex Doors and Chamberlain Doors .

Local LEP ScaleUp Programmes

The Creative Scale Up Programme was launched in November 2019 with 47 businesses having now successfully completed Cohorts 1 and 2. The main scale up activities and workshop streams that have been embedded in this programme include value and pricing, marketing and branding, business growth and scaling up, recruiting and building the right team.

There is also a major focus on investor readiness and attracting investor interest. A number of participant entrepreneurs interested in raising finance for growing their business have now pitched at programme events before they meet investors in the newly formed Digital and Creative Syndicate set up by Minerva Business Angels.

In addition, the Be the Business Mentoring for Growth programme has been rolled out as a full programme supporting 61 businesses in the GBSLEP area.


Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are Talent, Equity finance/Growth capital and Markets in the UK. They are looking for support through Innovate UK, public sector funding for innovation/R&D, Visas and LEPs/Growth Hubs.

Top barriers to growth

  • Markets in the UK
  • Talent
  • Public sector support
  • Markets internationally

want TO SEE more of:

  • LEPs/Growth Hubs
  • Innovate UK
  • Public sector funding for innovation/R&D
  • Local or national government

The Creative Scale Up Programme has successfully partnered with the BullRing as well as Minerva Business Angels who hold regular pitching events for those businesses who are interested in raising finance for their businesses.