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 Sector Growth Programme brings cohorts of 10 businesses together regularly over six months of intensive support including a £3,000 grant to spend on mentoring, a dedicated peer support network and business development training. Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort are now open.
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. Local scaleups can also access the Investment Activator Programme, led by TechSPARK and WECA’s Creative Scaleup Programme.

Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are Markets, Talent and Finance. They are looking for support through Innovate UK, Public sector funding for innovation/R&D and British Business Bank.

Top barriers to growth

  1. Markets
  2. Talent
  3. Finance

want TO SEE more of:

  • Innovate UK
  • Public sector funding for innovation/R&D
  • British Business Bank

A 3,000 sq ft former stationary warehouse is opening in Bristol to create an incubator for deep tech companies. Alongside this the West of England Combined Authority and Science Creates Ventures have launched a £13.5m Fund to help unlock growth for Bristol companies.