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Growth Engines: Lead using a simple, big, bold number

Damar Training has one key target: to double the number of apprenticeships it offers in the next 20 months.

Pavlo Phitidis

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Growth Engines: The manufacturer that is boringly brilliant

The West Yorkshire company breaking the mould of comfort to boost revenue and profit

Pavlo Phitidis

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Growth Engines: The sum of the parts creates the whole magic

We take a look into the growth journey of Leeds-based digital product consultancy Parallax

Pavlo Phitidis

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Growth Engines: Accelerating Ginetta into the future

The racing and sports car manufacturer has ambitious targets to triple production but will need to combine great products with excellent customer experience to do so

Pavlo Phitidis

Members of the IC Blue team

Growth Engines: Read the earliest signals of change to lead your industry

IC Blue has succeeded by understanding how and when to change its value proposition to better align with customer needs

Pavlo Phitidis

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Smart firms needed smarter support to grow

Business support technology is evolving quickly, but SMEs still need more advanced digital pathways, says Enterprise Nation's Emma Jones

Emma Jones

Richard Harpin

Ask Richard: Advisory boards, accidental managers and being a public company

Richard Harpin, the founder of HomeServe and Growth Partner and owner of Business Leader, answers your burning business questions

Sarah Vizard

Rocketship taking off on a mobile device

‘Don’t call us the Chesney Hawkes of gaming’: How two friends helped Manchester becoming a gaming hotspot

Manchester is known for its music scene and football teams, but two childhood friends are leading the way in making the region a hotspot for the gaming industry

Chris Maguire

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Sorry, but Brits need to stop apologising and love success

The UK may love self-deprecation but there's a risk we miss out on vital business opportunities and fail to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Szu Ping Chan

Bolaji Sofoluwe, founder and managing director at ETK Group

Meet the business leader helping companies expand to Africa

Bolaji Sofoluwe is a firm believer in the power of the continent to deliver prosperity for ambitious companies and local economies

Josh Dornbrack

Ideal Response Group founder Javid Ibrahim with members of his team on site

Growth engines: Scaling sales overcomes the tyranny of project revenue cycles

Ideal Response Group has seen significant growth, but founder Javid Ibrahim recognises that to move to the next stage he must have time to think and plan strategically

Pavlo Phitidis

Growth Engines: A kick-off starts the game, but the win is in the final score

James Thomas's Azzuu sports platform has grown rapidly after initially focusing on honing its platform by working with just one team: Everton

Pavlo Phitidis

Growth Engines: Leverage historic liabilities to build a future asset

An early interest in diving led to Yvonne Whiteley moving into data and eventually buying RED Scientific, which combines scientific research, technical support and engineering

Pavlo Phitidis

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The spicy tale of supersizing Nando’s 

How a small venture in the suburbs of Johannesburg grew into a global success story without compromising its original down-to-earth vision

Bruce Whitfield

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How government procurement can act as an SME growth accelerator

The government has promised to increase how much it spends with SMEs but it needs to go harder and faster to achieve its targets

Emma Jones

Ryan Metcalf from BNP

Growth Engines: It’s the storms that make skilful sailors

RNB Group has weathered a series of storms, from GDPR to Covid, but has learned to invest for growth

Pavlo Phitidis

Sir Martin Sorrell onstage at Cannes Lions 2022

Inside Sir Martin Sorrell’s world: Strategies for building empires

Sir Martin Sorrell is a titan of the advertising world. We met at S4 Capital for an exclusive interview, talking empire building and more.

Josh Dornbrack

Simon Arora sitting at a table

Building B&M: Speed, strategy, and success

We speak exclusively to long-time CEO Simon Arora about the strategy behind building B&M and how it nearly all ended after less than a year

Graham Ruddick

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Retirement homes: The UK’s fastest growing non-tech sector

Retirement homes are big business as an aging population increases demand, but regulatory reform is needed to ensure quality of care

Alice Cumming

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A look inside vinyl’s resurgence

Vinyl sales have been rising fast and new technology, including on-demand manufacturing, suggest its growth still has some way to go

James Cook

Yellow Pages on fire

The rise and fall of the Yellow Pages

The Yellow Pages used to make life easier for everyone. By sorting businesses alphabetically into categories, it streamlined finding products and services and changed how small businesses reached customers. But...

Patricia Cullen

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The top business pivots

“Adaptability is paramount in today’s dynamic business landscape,” says Chris Beer, professor of practice at Warwick Business School. “Organisations must be prepared to pivot their strategies swiftly, driven by factors...

Alice Cumming, James Cook

Will Butler-Adams on a bike

To be or not to B Corp

We are among the believers at Future Leap, a networking space and café on Gloucester Road, Bristol’s indie-shopping mecca. Forty or so people have gathered in the name of sustainability...

Andrew Lynch

A toy figure of a businessman with a briefcase, dressed in a smart suit, in the style of a little green army soldier

The art of business wargaming

It’s 8.30 AM and a team of senior managers arrives in a City boardroom to be greeted by a table groaning with croissants, Danish pastries and Colombian coffee. The managers...

Josh Dornbrack