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Littner drives Powerleague on

Powerleague is leading the way with floodlit 5-a-side football centres in the UK, has plenty of growth to gun for in a thriving market, and even has one eye on a European push

Spending a small fortune

Most entrepreneurs are far too focused on their own businesses to contemplate what they’d like to do in the future. Undeterred, GrowthBusiness decided to ask a simple question: ‘What would you do with £100,000?’

Diversity cues Bond revival

Back in late 2001, recruitment industry software developer Bond International Software was a business on the up, but then things started to stall.

Innocent Drinks road to success

In the late 1990s, Adam Balon, Jon Wright and Richard Reed came up with the idea of a device to automatically fill your bath, but, on account of the dangerous mix of water and electricity involved, they changed tack and started selling fruit smoothies instead.

JPMH finds its niche

In just three years Phil Harvey and his fellow founding directors have grown media, design and advertising agency JPMH from start-up into a business generating £2 million of turnover each year.

Francis eyes Zenith renaissance

‘We were already in the nursery sector, but not in a big way,’ explains Ringo Francis, chairman and chief executive of cleaning products supplier Zenith Hygiene.

Charles Howson: Turning debts into profits

Most entrepreneurs are optimistic types who might regard insolvency as the last thing to focus on when growing their business!

Match Day Media shoots for success

‘We want to be the leader in the UK, we want to dominate Europe and we want to make a lot of profits in the process,’ – so says Gerry McKenna, chief executive of Match Day Media (MDM), Europe’s first ‘transmedia television network’.

Spring avoids complacency

Stephen Archer is CEO of business growth consultancy Spring Partnerships. Established in 2002, the company now boasts annual sales of £3.2 million and an impressive list of blue-chip clients, though reaching this level has not been easy.

Cash Generator plays to its strengths

Brian Lewis opened his first outlet selling second-hand goods in 1994, offering televisions, trombones and a lot more besides to the residents of Bolton. Now, there are 80 Cash Generator stores across the UK and annual turnover exceeded £50 million last year.

Brilliant British business ideas

Great business ideas are often very simple. But to make them work, you need a dash of luck, a helping of inventiveness, inspired leadership, and, very often, a desire to think in unconventional ways.

Thomas’ TMTI looks to the future

Entrepreneur Crispin Thomas hopes to raise up to £10 million for TMTI, a company that helps consumers use complex mobile phones, ahead of a projected AIM float.

Media companies making an impact

Business XL identifies five innovative companies intent on dramatically transforming – and dominating – their particular niche of the media sector.

Mitchell Tonks: Respect your shareholders

Mitchell Tonks has proved seafood restaurants do make money – Fishworks, the OFEX-listed (Now PLUS Markets) restaurant chain he founded in 1994, turned in its first annual profit this year. With five sites now up and running, Tonks has plans for another 15 establishments.

Wiping out the competition

Taking on your competitors and winning needs more than just energy and commitment. Clever thinking, creative ideas and the time to think strategies through with clarity are all on the menu too.

10 high-flyers on AIM

Introducing cat litter to the UK market, pioneering online entertainment centres and putting caravan parks back on the map are just some examples of AIM’s most successful companies.

Healthy future for KWL

Ken Wells originally wanted to be an architect, but carved out a career in the health and beauty manufacturing business with brands such as L’Oreal and Garnier. Now he has grand designs for his business, KWL.

Gareth Senior of Axion Systems - What I wish I’d known

Gareth Senior is the founder of software concern Axiom Systems, a business demerged from network reseller Connectivity Plus. It grew 250 per cent last year and just recently moved into profit.

Graham Duncan is back for more with Glen Group

Graham Duncan, founder of IT and telecoms provider Glen Group, is no stranger to public markets. His previous business, Atlantic Telecom, once enjoyed a market value of circa £1.1 billion. But when the markets turned nothing could prevent its collapse.

Wade Lyn: Expanding into other product areas

Wade Lyn founded Jamaican pattie producer Cleone Foods in 1987, intent on bringing Caribbean cuisine to the mainstream market. The business, which employs 44 people, is now looking to expand into other product areas.

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