Scale Up case studies

Working with TechSPARK and the West of England Growth Hub, we have created 6 case studies of fast growth companies.

Evidence (such as that espoused by the Scale Up Institute‘s model of enabling growth through scaleup ecosystems) says that by profiling – and shouting about – local entrepreneurial success stories, has a positive effect on others’ ambition.

We have therefore created – and will continue to create – case studies of great local scale ups, in collaboration with our partner, TechSpark.

Case Study: Zeetta Networks, Temple Quay, Bristol

Zeetta Networks create software that helps networks to scale fast. Following ground-breaking research and development from the team at Bristol University’s High Performance Labs, Zeetta was established with the aim to bring its academic and commercial sensibilities together.

Case Study: Ultrahaptics, The West Wing, Bristol

Ultrahaptics is one of the region’s biggest success stories. Founded in 2013 the company uses haptic technology to create mid-air tactile sensations without the need for controllers or wearables. Now a bustling scaleup employing over 100 people across three international offices, we sat down with CEO Steve Cliffe to talk talent.

Case Study: Mayden Academy, Bath

Mayden design build and support healthcare software in healthcare services in the UK and abroad. In 2015, in response to the lack of skilled talent available to facilitate scaling, they created the Mayden Academy to train developers, exactly how they wanted them.

Case Study: Huggg, Temple Way,Bristol

huggg is an app that aims to spread a bit of love by letting you send food and drink to friends, whenever you fancy treating them. Since being founded in 2016 they’ve gone from strength to strength – employing 14 staff and raising successful round in January 2018 led by Kindred Capital. We spoke to huggg founder Paul Wickers on their experience with accessing financing.

Case Study: Disrupt Sports, Temple Way, Bristol

Disrupt Sports provides custom sporting equipment for individuals, businesses and brands. From Surfboards and Yoga mats to bikes for Deliveroo. Founded in 2014 the scaleup now operates globally, has more than 20 staff with over $2m in revenue.

Case Study: Techmodal, Queen’s Square, Bristol

Bristol-based data consultants Techmodal are one of the city’s best kept secrets. The team of market experts, data scientists, consultants, system analysts and software engineers have become a trusted name across the Defence, Commercial and Public sectors since they were founded in 2005. Now with a team of over 80 people, and looking to grow further, Scale-up Enabler Briony Phillips spoke to new CEO Kempton Cannons about the challenges involved in leading a scaleup.


There are many other initiatives that exist to raise the profile of, and to celebrate, fast growth companies in the region include the Fast Growth 50 listing, TechSPARK’s SPARKIES awards and 100 stories of growth.