South East

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

Motorline sells new and used cars.

McLaren Construction
McLaren Construction provides construction services, including real estate development and commercial projects.

Hill Residential
Hill Residential operates a property construction company, specialising in new build and refurbished residential developments.

Shawbrook Bank
Shawbrook Bank operates a challenger bank, offering SMEs loans as well as providing consumer financial services.

Gates Group
Gates Group operates a car dealership, focussing on Ford cars.

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Turnover Growth

Sharpfibre constructs a range of fire protection systems, including structural steel protection, insulation, drylining and road tunnels.

Phelan Construction
Phelan Construction offers interior design, refurbishment and construction services.

John Parker & Son Ltd
John Parker & Son Ltd provides a variety of steel related services such as fabrication, processing and stockholding.

Oakmont Construction
Oakmont Construction provides a range of construction services for blue chip clients.

Gomez supplies supermarkets with a large range of fresh produce.

Local LEP ScaleUp Programmes

Scaleups and scaling businesses in the South East area can access a range of support and targeted programmes helping them in their scaling journey.

The Scale Up Ashford is a six-month bespoke programme of support for cohorts of ten businesses beginning with a workshop for the entire cohort to introduce the programme and its concepts.

Following the successful East Sussex pilot scheme that acted as a ‘test-bed’ for scaleup suport in the local area, the Bamboo Club was launched in 2021 by the Sussex Innovation Centre in partnership with the Business East Sussex Growth Hub.The club is a bespoke programme of support for ambitious businesses in East Sussex providing peer networking, masterclasses and 1 to 1 support plus access to exclusive innovation networks run by the Innovation Centre.

Finally, Scaleup Advice is available from a BEST Growth Hub Scale-Up Advisor who works with scaleup businesses to link them to growth services, identify growth opportunities and constraints, facilitate the mapping of a 3 year strategic journey, and assist with the development of a 12 month Action Plan.

Scaleup Views

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

Top barriers to growth

  1. Talent
  2. Markets
  3. Finance

want TO SEE more of:

  • Local or national government
  • LEPs/Growth Hubs
  • Innovate UK

The next East Sussex programme will be explicitly focused on supporting ambitious businesses to adapt and grow post-Covid, with three cohorts planned over the next two years.