What others say about S4G

If you're thinking about applying for Scale Up 4 Growth in Gloucestershire here's a few reasons why you shouldn't hesitate!

The first round of Scale Up 4 Growth took place in the West of England and successfully supported over 20 businesses through £850,000 of grant funding which enabled the creation of 140 jobs in the region. Many of the projects were successful in spite of challenging times and we've been delighted to have supported them through the process.

We also supported 65 businesses through training workshops and one-to-one support further enabling these businesses to thrive.

If you're at all hesitant have a listen to Laura Barrow of Bristol & Bath Regional Capital (BBRC) as she tells us why she would encourage other businesses to apply for a Scale Up 4 Growth grant, having been awarded one through the West of England programme. Plus there are plenty more success stories below.

BBRC is an investor in, and an enabler of, positive social change. Their aim through the S4G project was to launch a new housing development company – BBRC Homes, which works in partnership to build homes and develop property for the benefit of the local community. By completion they will have created 3 new jobs as part of this growth project.

"We’ve been able to use the money for a major growth and sales campaign so we’ve commited to major growth over the next few years, had vindication of the business model and acknowledgement that we’re on the right track."

Steve Sliney, CollectEco

Collecteco work with businesses across the UK that are relocating or refurbishing to ensure that unwanted furniture, equipment and materials are donated to schools, charities, NHS trusts, voluntary groups and other not for profit organisations.

Through an S4G grant they were able to create 8 new jobs and 2 new services. The legacy of the S4G funding will be an embedded sales management team and growing sales force to support the growth plans of Collecteco.

" The grant provided us with the capacity to fulfil the next stage of our growth; through the centralisation of our production facilities and processes. This has increased our efficiency and cost-effectiveness whilst maintaining high production standards as we scale through satellite sites."

Gary Derham, The Bristol Loaf

The Bristol Loaf is an award-winning, independent, artisan bakery and café, producing traditionally crafted sourdough bread, sweet and savoury pastries, plus a variety of desserts.

Through their S4G grant they succesfully created 35 new jobs plus 3 new products and services. The funding helped with the opening of a dynamic new space in Bristol that incorporated their organic sourdough bakery, Hugo’s Greengrocer, Two-Belly Cheesemonger and The Bristol Vine – an exciting, new organic & natural wine shop. Their aim was to create a unique shopping and eating experience with an emphasis on ethics and sustainability.

"Winning the grant was fantastic news as a start-up looking to grow. It was great to feel that UWE was on our side… and had endorsed our plans and ambitions."

Emily Kent, One Big Circle ​

One Big Circle specialises in Intelligent Video, creating bespoke scalable solutions and providing technical consultation and support.

Through S4G One Big Circle were able to create 3 new jobs and their project was to develop AIVR to address and resolve a number of issues facing the road and rail transport industry. AIVR will improve safety, surveillance and reliability within the industry without additional infrastructure, disruption or prohibitive costs.

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