Businesses continually operate between all four nations of the United Kingdom and an effective strategic transport network is critical to that.
Silver Cloud is a fast-growing communications company with ambitious goals.It was founded by Tony Quinn in 2014, and since starting with no employees and no clients, the business has grown strongly and consistently.
Throughout 2020 and during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Silver Cloud’s turnover grew to £4.85m, and is on target to increase by a further 20% in 2021.
The Senator Group was founded in 1976 when Chairman Colin Mustoe began designing and manufacturing office furniture. In the early days, he would even build and deliver the products to customers himself.
They have grown into one of the largest office furniture manufacturers in the world whilst remaining an independent, family-owned business.
IOT Horizon is a fleet of foot entrepreneurial firm, embracing all that is innovative and revolutionary in their current industry 4.0, digital and low carbon design and manufacturing evolutionary climate.
The last four years have seen the pace of change within IOT accelerate. Since launching in 2017, they now have a nationally-recognised place in the smart sensor tech landscape, specialising in personalised digital encryption / wearable tech.
Go Low Carbon supports businesses by saving time, money and carbon emissions, while ensuring they leave a net positive impact on the planet.
Having tracked their own carbon footprint internally since they started in 2016, they have embraced behavioural and technological changes to move closer towards being carbon neutral.
PET-Xi is a high-energy training specialist whose multi-award-winning teams work to make a difference in people’s lives, firing up their minds with engaging and positive learning experiences.
They offer courses designed to help school students to achieve their target grades, for jobseekers to get back into employment or for those in business to upskill and progress with their goals.
ATL Turbine Services is a turbine component repair company, based in Dundee. In 2019 they were ranked at 20 in the Sunday Times Top 100 SME exporters in Britain, reflecting their significant increase in overseas exports over the last few years.
In 2015/16, exports accounted for just 2% of turnover and four years later, exports had increased to 40% of turnover, representing a growth of over 1,795%. Their international clients are now based in 14 different countries across three continents, including Canada, USA, Japan, United Arab Emirates and across Europe.
In 2004, William Crawford and Peter Brewin developed a concept for creating rapidly deployable shelters for humanitarian disaster relief.The concept: an inflatable shelter with a cement filled geotextile lining that is delivered to the site, folded within a palletised crate.
Since starting Concrete Canvas (CC) they have invested heavily in innovation, with 20% of their expenditure going into Research & Development, and a new product is close to being revealed. Innovation and entrepreneurialism remain at the core of their business model.
TTK Confectionery is a wholesale food gifting business specialising in new product design and development. Having started in 2016 the business has grown substantially, both in the size of the team and in terms of the company’s capabilities and turnover.
They are a family business run by husband and wife Jess and Martin Barnett and Martin’s brother Tom Flory. They are a fast-paced, innovative company with a high-potential and hardworking team at its heart.
For over 160 years, BCB International has built up knowledge and expertise in developing life-saving and protective equipment for those operating hundreds and thousands of miles away in challenging environments.
The company is a manufacturer of life-saving specialist equipment, including innovative protective, medical and survival equipment to the defence, outdoor and marine markets. For over six decades, BCB has been at the forefront of world-leading innovations to help save lives and are well known to their customers for the quality of their products.
FinTrU is a multi-award-winning financial services company, founded in London in 2013 to deliver regulatory solutions to its Investment Bank clients. A near shore delivery centre was then established in Belfast in 2014.
The company quickly established itself in the London market, developing a reputation as a high-quality, cost-effective provider of regulatory solutions (services exporter). This enabled the firm to grow its client base and broaden its experience across a range of projects.
Re-Gen Robotics has revolutionised the tank cleaning industry, traditionally a very dangerous area with a significant number of accidents and fatalities.
Responding to the rising number of confined space deaths and after years of extensive research, Re-Gen Robotics launched Europe’s first and only Zone 0, EX certified company, providing a 100% ‘no man entry’ robotic tank cleaning service.
Shelforce specialise in providing high-quality PVCu and aluminium products to local authority building projects, including Birmingham City Council.
By providing a workplace for some of the city’s most vulnerable people, they have continued to lead the way in inclusivity and are proud that 75% of their workforce are disabled.
Carbon Kapture is a pioneering, transformational business which is building a global network of seaweed farms in order to remove CO₂ from oceans and fight climate change.
Their products and services address governments’ and businesses' needs in meeting net zero emissions: a key global priority.
Over the past twenty years, Encirc have become known as game changers within the glass sector. Whether it’s their innovations, offerings, or the efforts put into sustainability, it’s a reputation they’ve been happy to live up to.
However, the firm recognised that glass has reached a crossroads. Whilst glass itself is a natural and infinitely recyclable product, when it comes to the beverage supply chain, creating flexibility, support and minimising carbon impact, the industry itself has a significant carbon footprint.
Portland College (PC) is a specialist college and care provider for disabled people. It supports 400+ disabled people annually with their innovative Portland Pathways project significantly increasing beneficiaries by connecting with the wider community.
Pathways supports disabled people through employability programmes, job applications, recovery college courses and counselling.
Composite Braiding Ltd (CBL) is an innovative new company, established to exploit a gap in the market for higher volume, lower cost structural composite components with a lower carbon footprint.
CBL uses ‘braiding’, a highly automated and efficient process which reduces the labour
needed by up to a factor of ten. This makes the parts more affordable and, as they are made
automatically, more repeatable.
SYNETIQ is the UK's largest integrated vehicle salvage, recycling and dismantling company. Formed in 2019, it embodies the circular economy in action, with a business model that is consistent with the waste hierarchy.
They aim to maximise both the financial and environmental value of every vehicle.
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Mills & Reeve. Over the last 18 months, the firm has maintained its focus on D&I, with key strategies aimed at achieving a more diverse workforce; embedding equality, diversity and inclusion practices into business as usual; and celebrating, communicating and promoting diversity and inclusion within and outside of the firm.
Kensa Heat Pumps has diversified its business to provide environmentally-friendly solutions to help save the planet. Every product that the company installs has on average, the carbon equivalent of taking one combustion engine car off the road.
The company has pioneered the adoption of heat pump technology in the UK via an innovative shared ground loop system architecture.
Surrey Wildlife Trust demonstrates a genuine, innovative culture and organisational practices which deliver opportunities for equality.
They are committed to providing genuine equality; testing and modifying approaches and developing innovative leadership in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) within their industry.
The innovative Jesmonite was invented by Peter Hawkins in 1984. The introduction of acrylic enabled him to develop this versatile new product which is a composite material with a wide range of uses including fine arts, craft and construction.
Over the last 35 years the product has been under continuous development and Jesmonite has become the go-to material for designers and artists looking for an environmentally conscious alternative to traditional building materials or resin-based products.
Established in Runcorn, Cheshire in 2004, Sandon Global Engraving Technologies Ltd (Sandon) manufacture and refurbish anilox rollers and cylinders for the flexographic, lithographic and metal decoration print industries, worldwide.
This is complimented by a range of ancillary equipment and cleaning products to support the aftercare of products, for all market sectors.
Gravitilab specialises in developing new microgravity and space testing services, utilising rockets and a unique UAV (drone) system.
Their mission is to make space accessible and as Gravitilab’s services will reduce space debris, they are working towards ensuring the future of space is sustainable.
Developing, producing and re-engineering top-tier private-label hand-made desserts for the nation's favourite retailers, privately-owned Marston Foods has retained their USP’s since opening in 2010; innovation, limiting automation, ‘clean’ products, excellent quality and technical standards, procuring carefully (RSPO certified site, chocolate UTZ), investing in its future – and making delicious desserts.
This will be huge disappointment to the thousands of businesses that were relying on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail to fire up economic regeneration through the improved capacity and connectivity of our rail network.
Commenting on the inflation statistics for October 2021, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Head of Economics at the BCC Suren Thiru, said: “The latest data confirms that inflation is on a significant upward trajectory. “October’s upturn was largely driven by rising household energy costs following the increase in Ofgem’s energy price cap, rising fuel prices and the partial reversal of the VAT reductions for hospitality and tourism which drove up restaurant and hotel prices."
Record job vacancies suggest that the chronic staff shortages encountered by businesses are intensifying and this could derail the recovery by forcing firms into a more long-lasting decline in their operating capacity.