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11 May 2016

Scaling up with Innovating for Growth

And we’re off! This May we're welcoming fifteen new small businesses onto our Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups programme. Since the launch in 2012 we have helped over 250 businesses reach their potential.

We know it can be difficult to take your business to the next level. So, if you've got a great idea for growth but need some objective advice and support then this could be the programme for you. 

Innovating for Growth business products on display at the British Library
Caption: Innovating for Growth business products on display at the British Library

Successful applicants receive over £10,000 worth of business support on everything from marketing and branding to intellectual property. Over the course of three months you will work with at least eight specialist advisors who will help you grow from start-up to scale-up.

That’s not all - it costs you nothing but your time. And if you’re successful you will have the chance to refresh, reenergise and refocus your business. Click here for more information.

Here’s the lucky fifteen we are starting to work with this month. Could you be next?

Amplify Trading

Amplify Trading design and create education technology and processes for the banking and finance sector and in 2015 they won the CFA Institute global award for innovation in financial education for our practical approach to education.

Bramwell Brown Clocks

Bramwell Brown Clocks design wall clocks that mechanically move to demonstrate a barometric weather forecast or a local tide level. The clocks are UK-made and of premium quality, aimed at the contemporary home accessories market.

Chatty Feet

Chatty Feet bring back fun and silly moments into your life with our sock personalities. The socks are produced in Europe from high quality combed cotton with the illustrated character visible on both sides of the socks. ChattyFeet is sold in 9 countries and our collection grew from 4 to 27 characters in three years.

Nova and Koa

Nova and Koa is the gym bag reimagined. They have created the world's first fully functional gym bag that looks like a handbag. Unique to the market, their styles feature separate breathable and water resistant areas for trainers and gym kit, with a top section dedicated to handbag essentials. 

KOVA Interiors

KOVA help businesses improve their image, premises and presence by designing and building office fit-out, office refurbishment and office furniture, allowing businesses to grow, flourish and achieve extraordinary results.

Location Cars Ltd

Location Cars are the longest standing car hire company in London. They provide a private hire corporate car, chauffeur, minicab and courier service to get you where you need to go.


Ohyo is an upmarket UK brand developing and promoting smart and adaptable products. Ohyo recently teamed up with the London designer Felix Conran in 2015 and invented a multi-purpose bag that converts from tablet, messenger, backpack to grocery bag.  Ohyo also produces collapsabottles a reusable bottle that, when empty, will collapse to fit into a pocket or a handbag.

OI Engine Ltd

Ol Engine is an exciting new software platform that provides consulting support to help innovation managers engage their employees and customers in collaborative problem solving.

One Point Consulting

One Point Consulting help clients with digital transformation consulting, implementation and managed services


Quast is a consultancy, specialist in Quality Assurance and Software Testing. Their aim is to bring together the best pool of talent in QA and software testing, and make it available to their clients.


Spacechips helps suppliers of space-grade microchips understand future commercial and technical trends for the space industry and how such companies should align their product to maximise success. They also provide design consultancy services to manufactures of satellite sub-systems.

Splaat Media

Event photographer Splaat have experience in a number of areas such as drama, dance and music performance photography, sports tournament photography, prize giving and formal dinner photography.  They specialise in making photographs available for our customers quickly and in creative ways.


Tinderflint are a production agency producing content for various brands, agencies and charities. They work collaboratively with clients from the planning and development stage, through production and creation to delivery and distribution of content, translating brand intent into the right content for the right audience.

Turning Earth

Turning Earth provides open-access ceramics facilities, on a membership model, as well as entry-level classes. Their mission is to expand access to ceramics both for hobbyists and those who want to turn it into a viable career.


Überology combines improvement science with creative thinking and a collaborative approach to deliver highly effective solution-based programmes for healthcare organisations. 


European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Logo

This programme is fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the British Library