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Mention the name Fitzbillies to anyone living in Cambridge or who has studied at the University and you will be greeted with smiles of fond recognition and praise for their iconic ultra-sticky Chelsea Buns. The company has been in the city for over 100 years and now has a café, a coffee shop, a second branch and an artisan bakery.
Cambridge GaN Devices was established, according to Founder and CEO, Dr Giorgia Longobardi, “To bring to market a material and a power device that is much more sustainable whilst preserving nature, which is one of the most valuable things we have. We want to bring this innovation into everyday lives for a more sustainable future.” Dr Giorgia Longobardi, Founder and CEO.
With a commercial background in computer sciences and a Masters degree in Website Design & Development, Assad Gilani worked for about 5 years, for a toner refurbishment and then an insurance company as web developer after he moved from Pakistan to the United Kingdom in 2006.
It’s been a year since InferSens raised its initial investment round and first joined the Growth Works community. Bev Hurley, Strategic Lead for Growth Works caught up with Dr Jana Voigt, CEO of the Cambridge-based Edge AI sensor technology company, to find out what’s been happening since.
Established in 1991, AWB initially supplied components to well-known companies of that era such as Kenwood, Morphy Richards , Labgear and Beldray. As one of five brothers, all businessmen, Silvio Perna has led the company through the decades, driving change in the industry to introduce machine technology to bend wire, ahead of his competitors.
Having worked in the digital marketing agency world for many years, Anna Morrish knew that she wanted to start her own company. When the opportunity arose, she gave in her notice with her employer and used weekends, evenings and even lunch breaks during her notice period to set up Quibble Digital in 2016.
Pockit Diagnostics was founded in 2017 by a group of Cambridge students and young entrepreneurs focusing on innovation within the diagnostics field. They developed the first blood test to enable faster and more accurate stroke diagnosis to help improve treatment and potentially save lives.
Thirty-five years ago, a young man called Mark Hulme borrowed some money from his father for a van to collect and deliver cheese to people in his local area. Move forward through the years, this nascent family enterprise has grown into Rennet & Rind, an award-winning cheesemonger and affineur sourcing and maturing outstanding artisan British cheese.
NET LED Lighting has a respected reputation as the supplier of commercial and industrial lighting across the UK which is well deserved. Founded in 2009 by Chris Dawes and Paul Bubb, the company has developed over the years but went through a significant pivot in their business strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2000, Tony Conte founded Brave Agency from his home garage, with the company moving on to survive and thrive straight through the Dot.com bubble in that year, even experiencing economic recessions, whilst pivoting along the way and adopting a passion for all things digital. 23 years later, and whilst many agencies have come and gone, Brave now employs 25 staff with specialists in Marketing, Design and Web Development.
Sally Baker, co-founder of Wondrous, the branding, creative and digital marketing agency, talks to Growth Works about the challenges she faced in taking her business through growth phases and gives her tips for how she overcame them to achieve their growth trajectory.
Since 1994, award-winning Cambridge Precision Ltd (CPL) have manufactured high-precision machined components. They help companies make complex products in sectors ranging from medical technology and digital imaging to aerospace and audio equipment. But the increase in demand, meant the ability to scale production quicker was critical.
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