Greater Manchester

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

The Hut Group
The Hut Group operates a range of e-commerce websites and has also developed e-commerce software that it licenses to other online retailers.

ao.com sells home electrical appliances including kitchen, laundry and home entertainment systems via their online store.

Warburtons produces a range of bakery products, including bread, teacakes and wraps.

Boohoo operates an online fashion retail company that designs its own clothes and sells them through a range of brands.

PayStream has developed a range of services such as ‘My PSC’ which help recruitment agencies and contractors manage their administration and accounting issues.

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Turnover Growth

Leisure Lakes Bikes
Leisure Lakes Bikes operates a number of stores and a website selling bikes and cycling equipment.

Finance & Legal
Finance & Legal provides insurance products for solicitors, covering legal expenses.

Ripe Thinking
Ripe Thinking provides customisable insurance policies.

PP O’Connor
PP O’Connor provides a variety of construction and engineering services, specialising in civil engineering, demolition, earthworks, waste management and aggregate production.

MB Heating
MB Heating provides property developers with contractual plumbing and heating system installation services.


Scaleups in the Greater Manchester can access a range of programmes linked to priority sectors:

Global Scale-up – a fully funded public/private collaboration working closely with Greater Manchester Combined Authority and DIT. It takes high growth businesses ready to expand rapidly internationally through a 4-stage process: Onboarding, International Growth Sprints, International Visit and Bootcamps. Each business is assigned a dedicated account manager. 

Amplify  – a scaleup programme for businesses in the digital, creative and tech sectors designed to help them grow rapidly. Over nine months leadership teams are coached to lift their growth ambitions. Learnings from the programme are being embedded into a new fully funded Exceed Programme which has similar objectives although with a slightly different delivery structure.

Creative Scale-up – a new initiative designed to empower creative businesses in the region to realise their full growth potential and win investment to take their business to the next level, both regionally and internationally. This is dovetailed with an investor programme running adjacent to build capacity and increase understanding of the creative industries and its sub-sectors among existing and new investors. The ScaleUp Institute is working collaboratively with UKBAA, GC Angels, sector stakeholders and investor groups to develop these tools. 

The Growth Company also offers specific sector focused programmes for food and drink businesses, Recipes4Success, and health sector scaleups, STEP into Healthcare. 

Scaleup Views

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

Top barriers to growth

  • Markets internationally
  • Markets in the UK
  • Talent

want TO SEE more of:

  • LEPs/Growth Hubs
  • Innovate UK
  • Procurement contracts
  • Public sector funding for innovation/R&D

Exceed, the fully funded programme replacing the part funded programme Amplify is for scaleups with more than 10 staff members in the digital, creative and tech sectors.