West of England

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

OVO Energy
OVO Energy supplies gas and electricity.

Sanderson operates a number of international recruitment companies that provide executive search and hire for both contractual and permanent roles.

Nisbets operates a group of physical stores that sells catering and hospitality products, with an additional e-commerce website also available.

Wainhomes develops residential properties.

Molson Group
Molson Group supplies machinery and equipment for the construction industry.

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Turnover Growth

Play Sports Group
Play Sports Groupis a channel that covers and reports worldwide cycling events.

Northavon Group
Northavon Group provides mechanical, electrical and water management services, ranging from installation and maintenance of domestic equipment to full design and engineering solution for facilities.

Barden Network Engineering
Barden Network Engineering lays cables for high-speed broadband.

Thatchers Cider
Thatchers Cider produces draught, canned and bottled cider.

Plant-Ex manufactures a range of natural food colourings.

Local LEP ScaleUp Programmes

A number of programmes and incubators operate in the LEP area, including the locally-delivered Business West Scaleup Hub, SETsquared Scaleup Programme, Scaleup4Growth and Shaw & Co. Funding Academy which has run two cohorts. Businesses on the West of England Combined Authority Creative Scale Up Programme receive a minimum of six months intensive support including a £6,000 grant to spend on mentoring, a dedicated peer support network and business development training.

The Business Innovation Fund supports businesses from a wide range of sectors to help develop innovative projects and products. They receive grants of £20,000 or £50,000 to invest in innovation. and guidance to move from concept to commercialisation as well as opportunities to collaborate with the region’s leading research institutions and advice on intellectual property, testing and research and development roadmaps. The Investment Activator Programme (IAP), led by TechSPARK was successfully funded for a two-year pilot by 7 private sector companies and WECA’s Creative Scaleup Programme.

Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are Markets in the UK, Talent, Equity finance/Growth capital and Markets internationally. They are looking for support through Innovate UK, procurement contracts, local or national government, public sector funding for innovation/R&D and DIT.

Top barriers to growth

  • Markets in the UK
  • Talent
  • Equity finance/Growth capital
  • Markets internationally

want TO SEE more of:

  • Innovate UK
  • Procurement contracts
  • Local or national government
  • Public sector funding for innovation/R&D
  • DIT

Reinvigoration and further development of the Scaleup Generator website planned. The region is also currently working with Be the Business on a number of new programmes aimed at growth businesses.