Growth Business Enabler of the Year 2018: Meet the finalists
From PR to international trade, these organisations are helping to deliver key services to fast-scaling UK start-ups
CMS – CMS equIP
Ranked as the world’s sixth largest law firm by lawyer headcount and sixth largest in the UK by revenue, CMS operates in 42 countries from 74 offices worldwide. Globally 4,500 lawyers offer business-focused advice tailored to clients’ needs, whether in local markets or across multiple jurisdictions. It operates across six core sectors – energy, financial services, infrastructure and project finance, life sciences and healthcare, real estate and technology, media and telecommunications.
The Wern is a disruptive PR consultancy that provides affordable publicity for entrepreneurs, independent brands and small businesses. In the past three years, the business has worked with brands across the UK and internationally. Its founder, Lucy Werner, says its success has been in “keeping overheads low and operating like a start-up” as this has enabled the company to bring in expert freelance resource and specialists as and when required for client projects and campaigns.
Mishcon de Reya is a LLP which provides legal and non legal services with offices in London and New York. It services an international community of clients and provides advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply. Its services include corporate, dispute resolution, employment, real estate and intellectual property to name a few.
Founded in 2012, Fieldhouse Associates is a PR agency focused on supporting the high-growth tech and investment space. Its client base includes high-growth tech businesses, investors, corporate innovators and industry events. In addition to telling its clients’ stories, Fieldhouse advises on business and investment strategy, helps with strategic business goals including securing seed investment; launching a new company; raising funds or announcing the latest investment round; and supporting a sale or IPO.
Future Kings helps ambitious businesses improve their performance by clearly defining and then activating their brand values and purpose. Future Kings sets out to do three things; great work, for great clients, while having fun. Since launching in 2016, Future Kings and its team of 20 have helped brands such as Private Fly achieve 50% growth, and helped SS Great Britain attract record visitor numbers within 12 months of rebranding.
Deloitte is the brand under which tens of thousands of dedicated professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax, and related services to select clients across consumer and industrial products, energy and resources, government and public services, life sciences and healthcare, and technology, media, and telecommunications.
PwC is a mult-inational professional services network headquartered in London for both public and private clients. Its Digital Private Business has digitally enabled tools and services, such as My Financepartner and My Returns Reminder, designed to help start-up and scale-up businesses on their growth journey. PwC Scale-up programmes collaborates with emerging tech businesses to leverage PwC’s corporate network, industry specialists and business growth experts to accelerate their commercial scale.
Salesforce is a cloud computing company offering CRM solutions to small and medium UK businesses allowing them to manage and improve the relationships they have with their customers, prospects and partners from one unified platform.
The Mayor’s International Business Programme helps ambitious high-growth (scale-up) companies from London’s technology, life sciences, creative and urban sectors to expand their businesses internationally. Tailored to fit a company’s specific international growth ambitions, this exclusive programme provides: One-to-one and one-to-many mentoring and ongoing guidance from entrepreneurs and business leaders, focused workshops and events that provide the opportunity to learn from expert advisers, live leads for specific business opportunities in North America, Europe, China and India, and the opportunity to join high-profile targeted trade missions led by our team of international business experts.
Abbas Kazmi founded Collegiate Capital in 2016 when he was just 25 – a venture capital firm that provides everything from technological and legal support to marketing, international expansion and accounting services (as well as funding). An entrepreneur since the age of 16, he’s now responsible for an organisation that’s aiming to invest over $100m in cutting-edge start-ups and be the most entrepreneur-friendly VC in the world.