Newhaven is emerging as a hot-spot of small and medium sized companies on the cusp of impressive growth.
A brilliant business support programme, launched earlier this year, has revealed the first seven winners! The seven companies are an amazing treasure-trove of exciting, innovative and creative enterprises.
The companies were selected for the Scale Up programme following an intense round of applications and interviews. “The key attribute we are looking for is ambition, with a desire and belief that the companies could, with a little help, grow the business by at least 50% in the next 3 years,” says project lead Gavin McWhirter.
Who is running the Project?
The project is being managed by Gavin McWhirter of Digital Islands, an economic development and growth acceleration company specialising in start-ups and early stage companies. The 7 companies selected for this project are Tin Tab, CTEC Energy, Paul Cox Sculptures, ValetPRO, Lincolns Kitchen and Granite, MyTeamSafe, and Arbeco.
Scale Up East Sussex (Newhaven) is one of three programmes of support for ambitious companies in the county. Participants benefit from 1:1 support in developing a growth action plan; membership of a business network; and identification of a mentor to work with the leader of each company. The current phase of the project is being funded by government. Further details can be found here: www.scaleupeastsussex.co.uk
The seven companies:
Tin Tab is a specialist manufacturer of high-end design-led staircases. The business is evolving from being a more general specialist joinery company, into the UK’s finest manufacturer of stunning staircases.
CTEC Energy is a company with the potential to change the world as we know it. Having refined a sophisticated technology to convert waste into energy, including plastic and other household rubbish. Crucially the tiny level of emission from the process is environmentally neutral.
Paul Cox is a producer of creative garden sculptures, and can boast the National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society amongst his many customers. With the opening of a new production facility and showroom in 2019, the business is set for great things.
ValetPRO is a manufacturer of high quality, specialist car care products. With an in-house chemist and new warehouse facilities in Newhaven they are developing and expanding their product range with a view to increasing sales in the UK and abroad.
Lincolns Kitchens and Granite have just moved into a new production facility in Newhaven, greatly expanding their manufacturing capacity. Enhancing both efficiency and quality control, the company now directly manages design, manufacture and fitting of kitchen work surfaces throughout the south-coast.
MyTeamSafe is a new app. from an established enterprise. The app enables charities and small businesses to take responsibility for the statutory duty that every company has for the care and safety of their employees. Any organisation that regularly has people working remotely or on their own should have a system in place to ensure they are OK. MyTeamSafe is a simple, secure and low cost solution for ensuring that lone worker colleagues are safe.
Arbeco is an arboricultural, tree and practical habitat management consultancy. They provide pragmatic solutions and mitigation to wildlife and environmental challenges.