Growing your small business: Case Studies


Ramsden International

CEO Sean Ramsden explains how management development has been key to building a £50m business.

Sean Ramsden

University of South Wales

How the Elevate Cymru brought HE and FE institutions together to maximise potential in Welsh businesses

South Wales

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

Identifying skills needs and training solutions for growing small businesses


Peter Pilotto

How the budding fashion label got off the ground with help from The Centre for Fashion Enterprise



Why digital agency founder Syd Nadim is a champion of work placements for developing talented teams

Syd Nadim

WJ Law

How executive chairman David Law steered his building firm to success through studying for an MBA at his local business school

David Law

Bespoke Communications

How co-founder Camilla Young benefited from a joint Master’s and CMI qualification helped her to take her media training skills agency to the next level

Camilla Long

MeArm Robotics

Founder Ben Gray reveals how his regional Growth Hub helped him access the support he needed to develop the business

Ben Gray


Former teen entrepreneur Thomasz Dyl explains why giving his staff rounded training is key to his marketing agency’s success

Thomasz Dyl

McGoff & Byrne

Global operations director Declan McGoff explains how diversification helped the family owned construction contractor weather economic storms

Declan McGoff

Raedex Consortium

Founder Reginald Larry-Cole reveals how recruiting the right hands-on management team has enabled him to focus on long-term strategy to build the business

Reginald Larry-Cole

HPS Group

CEO Mark Cornwall reveals how acquisitions have transformed the company an eight-employee enterprise into a 170-employee advertising and PR agency

HPS Group


How the independent design consultancy posted its best results in 10 years from following five key principles


Jenson Solutions

Partner Martin Spiller shares the five rules he’s followed for building a great team at the independent financial services provider


Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme

Goldman Sachs Case Study

Business schools

Edinburgh Napier University

The centre of an entrepreneurial ecosystem


Southampton Solent University

The Solent Growth Programme: a focus on flexibility

Strathcyde Business School

A consultancy in kind for small and new businesses


University of Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Business School Business Academy: providing an easy point of entry for local businesses


University of Leeds

The Leeds University Business School perspective of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme


Open University Business School

How CMI’s Chartered Manager gives students extra professional recognition

Open University

University of the Arts London

The Centre for Fashion Enterprise: a pioneering incubation platform


University of the West of England

How the Bristol-based business school is supporting the development of business directors


Ulster University

How the Northern Ireland business school is helping to shape the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Ulster University

Government bodies

Manchester Growth Hub

The ‘recipe for success’ programme

Invest Northern Ireland

Leadership and management support framework for small businesses in Northern Ireland