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 it’s 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

In February 2021, the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth’s eighth cohort began, engaging more than 20 local businesses. It aims to help SMEs to grow by increasing turnover and creating jobs. It offers a combination of workshops and one-to-one support to help tackle business challenges along with networking with other business owners from the Midlands. The programme also supports participants to explore growth opportunities and to pitch growth strategies to finance experts.
In September, the new Aston Business Mentoring Programme launched. Designed in partnership with Aston Centre for Growth it aims to improve productivity and growth through peer-led mentoring. This replaces Mentoring for Growth which ended in May and helped a further 17 regional businesses this year, a total of 74 since its launch in 2018.The Creative ScaleUp Programme is currently due to finish in March 2022 with 94 companies having completed the business support element.

Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are Markets, Talent and Finance. They are looking for support through LEPs/Growth Hubs, Public sector funding for innovation/R&D, Innovate UK and Local or national government.

Top barriers to growth

  1. Markets
  2. Talent
  3. Finance

want TO SEE more of:

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

The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth will deliver its ninth cohort in October, working with more than 30 business from across both the Greater Birmingham and Solihull and Coventry and Warwickshire LEP. The Aston Programme will offer support to a further 70 businesses through peer-led mentoring. The LEP is working in partnership with Create Central on the Creative Business Response and Resilience Programme with workshops and a series of Masterclasses on future-scaping with themes including: ‘Designing Hybrid Events and Experiences’ which are open for Create Central members to attend. Plans are being drawn up for a Creative Business Trade Mission.