MEET PREVIOUS PIONEERS
Read how Pioneers reached new heights and continue to innovate in their fields.
Fosse Cashflow Solutions
Fosse Cashflow Solutions – Cashflow and Credit Control Specialists providing bespoke Credit Control Services and Invoice discounting solutions to suit your business needs.
“It means everything to win. I have worked so hard, and the sacrifices I have had to make after having a baby seven months ago, I have had to give up a lot of my time with him to get the business to where it is, so this means a lot.”
Find out more at www.fossecashflow.co.uk
RED FOX ID
Red Fox ID are developers of innovative, high-quality, reliable engineering solutions. They offer a wide range of toll collection and transportation management experience, products and services.
“For a team that have historically developed a leading technology in this industry, we saw an opportunity to re-invent and update it, to address the challenges facing the 21st century road user charging industry.
“We are a small regional business with big ideas. Now, with the support we’ll receive from winning Pioneer 10, we are much better positioned to take on the challenges of this global marketplace. This means a huge amount for us.”
Find out more at www.red-foxid.co.uk
A company that produces 25-stone mannequins which will be used to train emergency personnel and healthcare workers to safely lift obese people has won the 2015 Spark Business competition.
The judges commended the innovative business idea for its growth potential and for addressing issues around a global health problem. Many people in their working lives are required to lift or manoeuvre people who are suffering from obesity & incorrectly handling can result in musculoskeletal injuries to the handler or subject.
“Winning the Spark competition endorses my idea as a viable business model. Having not run my own business before, there was always a doubt in the back of my mind, but winning this gives me the confidence to take my idea on to the next level. It really is the cherry on the cake.”
Elite Scooters is a premium freestyle scooter brand and as a professional scooter rider, Will’s business idea was born out of his frustration with the quality of scooter components. Since becoming a Pioneer, Will now has his own factory, international distribution and has started two other businesses in the same market. With plans to set up his own distribution company the future is looking extremely bright.
“The ongoing support from Pioneer 10 has been amazing. I have been surrounded by experts who have strength in areas that I have no experience in, and this has allowed me to accelerate the growth of my business. There is no way the business would be where it is today without the support of Pioneer 10.”
Jude Kenny and Stacey Barthorpe
The business had plateaued so we were looking for help with the next step forward. We needed some expertise and it had to be impartial. That’s why we entered the Spark competition.
“The benefits of winning have been great. We’ve been introduced to people with expertise, for example a marketing professional who has advised on e-commerce and email marketing. We didn’t have the time look for this expertise, let alone build relationships. It’s a great shortcut to networking! We will also get assistance with business finances and sales forecasting. This will let us keep a firmer grip on where we are and help us to put new commercial processes in place. This kind of initiative is worth doing. It makes you stop and think about your business. It forces you to take time to plan. It’s a focussing exercise that’s ideal for any size of business. Winning is an extra bonus.”
Scribblar is an online whiteboard and tutoring platform that allows tutors, schools and universities to collaborate and tutor online. Stefan has been working with the Pioneer 10 team for over 2 years and since gaining this support has been able to invest in product development and expand his target market.
“Although I run a business, I did not really see myself as a business person. I don’t necessarily ask myself the right questions, and working on your own is quite hard sometimes as you don’t challenge yourself enough. The Pioneer 10 team really made me look at the business from a different perspective and clearly identify the core areas where the business could grow.”