The past two weeks have been busy here at Landsker, the inevitable “let’s get this done by Christmas” means December is always a packed month for us but that has not stopped us from looking ahead to the medium term. Amongst other things that means the delivery of a particularly interesting programme, the Business Wales Accelerated Growth Programme.
So far in December we’ve signed up four of our high growth Welsh companies to the programme, which adds to 12 others we have signed up previously. As we talk to these clients there are definitely some common themes, but then, as we talk about the specific hurdles to growth we have found it to be as diverse as you can imagine – a need for a PHP developer, a personnel development plan, the need for a niche textile expert or a financing structure limiting scalability. The programme can offer support for all of these and there is a genuine feeling that the programme will deliver what is right for the company rather than what a distant Government official thinks is the “standard” solution.
One of the biggest challenges for us is finding companies suitable for the programme, they need to be scalable and have the potential for export. They also need the ambition for high growth and the commitment to do it. We are currently contacting our existing client base and “onboarding” those that meet the programme criteria, but we also know that there are a lot more companies eligible who we haven’t worked with previously and if you know of one we’d love to speak them – get them to give us a call. They may say that we are going to achieve our high growth targets anyway; our response would be that with help from Business Wales Accelerated Growth programme they may get there quicker and increase their impact when they do.
We’d like to wish all of our clients, suppliers and contacts a very Merry Christmas and hope you all have a prosperous 2016.