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Case Studies

Hear from the Greater Manchester businesses we’ve helped to grow.

Cooking up a storm

When the popularity for Alex and Lorraine Anyakwo’s homemade West-African pastes and chilli spread beyond their circle of friends, the husband-and-wife team worked with us to access the finance they needed to turn their labour of love into a business – Africa Al’s.

Disrupting cyber skills through business growth

CAPSLOCK is an educational organisation that delivers career-changing cyber security bootcamps, entirely online. They help adults reskill through a curriculum that is built in collaboration with some of the UK’s largest cyber employers.

App-y days for Collctiv

When Collctiv, a Manchester fintech, saw demand for its payment app skyrocket, the team knew they needed funding to keep up with its soaring popularity. With our help it secured a £200,000 investment to invest in its app structure and marketing efforts, and has since processed over £3m in payments.

Tasting sweet success

Trafford-based Just Bee originally made fruity water drinks infused with honey. Securing £450,000 with our support, the businesses switched to selling vitamin honey in 2020 due to falling sales during the pandemic. Despite these challenges, we helped the business to grow rapidly – now more than triple its original size.

Helping a gym software platform shape up globally

Membr is a fitness software platform, that is used by thousands of gyms worldwide. With the business looking to expand into new regions, we helped Membr access the funds it needed to achieve its goals. Having accessed and repaid three loans totalling £400,000 from the GM Export Fund Membr has been able to develop its product offering and expand into a range of new international markets.

Filtering new water technology out to a global market

University of Manchester (UoM) spin-out company, Molymem, develops and commercialises technology to improve existing water filtration membranes, for separation applications in a variety of markets, including purification and removal of pollutants.

Sustaining success

Play It Green is a subscription service offering a simple and effective route to Net Zero, providing immediate environmental and social impact.

Brewing up victory

Salford brewery, Seven Brothers, raises a glass to the expertise and experience served up by the GM Business Growth Hub.

A symphony of success

Paul Bowe knew that providing South Manchester’s music scene with world-class production and recording studios was no small feat. Setting up South City Studios in 2017, the demand for its services grew bigger by the day. With our help, Paul secured funding to increase studio capacity and sustain his business.