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14 March 2017

Specialist advice for your growing business

Innovating for Growth is designed to help established businesses scale up and grow by offering over £10,000 worth of specialist business advice. In the last four years, the Business & IP Centre has helped over 300 businesses, with 70% of them seeing an increase in turnover within a year.

The Innovating for Growth programme consists of one-to-one advice sessions and workshops which focus on your specific business needs. Covering areas such as maximising your intellectual property, developing a growth strategy and building your brand, you will be able to pinpoint the unique challenges for your business and then focus on the solutions with Innovating for Growth’s business experts.    

Our current cohort has been able to benefit from this bespoke business advice and will now be following in the footsteps of Innovating for Growth’s previous graduates. Read on to find out who they are.  Maybe your business could be next?

3D FilaPrint

3D FilaPrint was founded in early 2013 and is a company that specialises in 3D printing. They offer the widest range of 3D printing filaments in the UK and trade globally.

Academic Underdogs

Academic Underdogs is an educational company that aims to ‘transform average or poor academic performers into outstanding achievers’. The company has helped over 30,000 students worldwide and has sold over 18,000 books.

Bradt Travel Guides

Bradt Travel Guides was founded in 1974 and is one of the world’s leading travel publishers. Specialising in expert travel advice, readers can benefit from over 200 travel and wildlife titles.


CarTap is a technology company that provides software as a service for car-sharing. CarTap aims to increase the utilisation of vehicles, reducing emissions and improving the urban space. The company was developed with the help of InnovateUK and in 2016 won the ‘Smart Urbanisation’ competition.

Feed Me Light

Feed Me Light specialises in the creation of bespoke animation for its clients. Covering areas such as creative briefs, storyboarding, illustrations, filming and print, they are able to find creative solutions using their varied expertise. 

Hit Products

Hit Products Ltd was established as a launchpad to develop a range of innovative products designed to solve everyday problems. The ‘CouchCoaster’ is the first offering from the company and is billed as ‘the ultimate drink holder for your sofa’.


Huntsmore is a property project management firm based in West London. Its team of specialists, including, architects, interior designers, structural engineers, builders and contractors, offers a complete ‘Design & Build’ service for people wanting to renovate, extend or upgrade their home.


Lavolio Ltd

Lavolio is a boutique handmade confectionary company. Its sweets are made from real pieces of fruit, nuts and jellies wrapped in chocolate and spices. In 2015 The Grocer magazine named Lavolio’s founder, Lavinia Davolio, as one of its ‘Top New Talents’ for 2015.


Letter Box Hamper

Letter Box Hamper makes small hampers of luxury British food and drink, beautifully wrapped and sent through the post with letterbox delivery. The hampers consist of produce from independent British suppliers that you won’t ‘find in any old supermarket’.

Lomakatsi Ltd

Lomakatsi was founded in January 2015 in order to help mental health patients in the UK. Their programme combines a range of artistic therapeutic systems to produce a coherent rehabilitation model, which is being used by the NHS and the private health sector.

London Research International Ltd

London Research International is a provider of international research, consultancy and marketing services. Their focus is working with clients on projects outside their own countries and they have expertise in energy/environment infrastructure development and IT.

Love Smoothies Bike & Being Good

Love Smoothies Bike & Being Good deliver exciting and affordable smoothie bike hire packages, interactive arcade games and pop-up smoothie bars to events across the UK. These fun products also help to promote the serious messages of wellbeing and sustainability by generating electricity through the use of their smoothie bikes.

Roger Mears Architect LLP

Roger Mears Architects was founded in 1980 and aims to create ‘beautifully crafted buildings, using our clients’ styles and personalities, within a historic context’. The company has developed expertise in the alteration, extension and repair of historic buildings during its 35 years.

SDR Upholstery Ltd

Shoreditch Design Rooms offers a highly skilled and innovative upholstery service from its SDR studio. It is also officially recognised as a training school for the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) and offers courses for a diploma qualification.

Smartify CIC  

Smartify provides its users with instant information about works of art in museums and galleries with modern technology. Using advanced image recognition and Augmented Reality (AR), the SMARTIFY app provides instant access to inspiring commentary, straight to your smartphone.

 The Victoria Chart Company 

The Victoria Chart Company was founded in 2004 and is a leading innovator in practical simple solutions for busy parents. Their products engage and motivate children in a fun, interactive way so they can reach their full potential.

Theatre Workout 

Theatre Workout is an award-winning theatre and events company based in London’s West End. They run workshops for over 8,000 people a year, delivered by highly trained and experienced performers, artists and practitioners.

Apply now for your chance to receive over £10,000 worth of free business support today.

The Innovating for Growth programme is fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the British Library.