Our Partners

Future50 will be delivered across the region by Nwes and Archant with our partners Barclays, Birketts, Lovewell Blake, and the University of East Anglia. Throughout the programme they'll be bringing you advice, wisdom and assistance to help your business succeed.

 

 

Nwes

Kevin Horne
Kevin Horne
Position: CEO
0845 60 99 99 1
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Nwes is the major local Enterprise Agency specialising in providing support to businesses to help them set-up, survive and grow. Established in 1982 Nwes is a not-for-profit organisation employing 70 staff and offering business advice, business loans and “easy in, easy out” virtual office, fully serviced office and light industrial units from 23 sites across East Anglia.

We are an experienced deliverer of business support programmes ranging from local district level to national schemes that support over 3000 clients per year. Our experience extends from providing early stage business idea support to helping to grow some of the most innovative and fast moving companies in the region, including many of the past Future50 members.

We are proud to be listed as a Sunday Times Top100 Best Company to Work For and have scooped a plethora of awards in the last 15 years at local, national and European level.

Birketts

Adrian Possener (Norfolk)
Adrian Possener (Norfolk)
Position: Partner
01603 756402
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Mark Gipson (Suffolk)
Mark Gipson (Suffolk)
Position: Partner
01473 406263
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Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich and the surrounding areas. With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients. 

We aim to truly understand our clients’ needs and help realise their ambitions. Through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

Lovewell Blake

Simon Watson (Norfolk)
Simon Watson (Norfolk)
Position: Corporate Services Partner
01603 692245
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Gary Flatt (Suffolk)
Gary Flatt (Suffolk)
Position: Corporate Services Partner
01502 505508
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As well as being the oldest accountancy firm retaining its original name, Lovewell Blake is also one of the most innovative in serving clients. In nine offices across Norfolk and Suffolk and with specialist teams covering the needs of particular professions and business sectors, we offer over 12 specialisms and serve more than 10,000 business, private, charity and not-for-profit clients.

Our clients value us as their adviser because we make a point of building a picture of each client, which pulls in all the things that makes each one different. Their aspirations, likes, dislikes, family set-up, history, commercial operation – it all goes in. This allows us to wrap individual service and advice around each client, which suits them perfectly and which they really appreciate.

This is way over and above the straightforward services you should expect from any professional accountant and financial adviser. That’s why we’re different – because each of our clients is different.

Barclays

Tim Seeley
Tim Seeley
Position: Head of Corporate & Business Banking East Anglia
01603 723000
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Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way.

With 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

 

University of East Anglia

Helen Lewis
Helen Lewis
Position: Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise
01603 591574
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The University of East Anglia (UEA), located just two miles from the centre of Norwich, is ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world and is consistently rated in the top ten in the UK for student satisfaction.

UEA is the home of world-class pioneering research and teaching in fields as diverse as climate change, social work, creative writing and international development. We are a leading member of the Norwich Research Park, an internationally renowned science and business community and Europe's leading centre for research in food, health and the environment.

UEA has a long tradition of working with government, industry and many other influential bodies making a real difference to their success. We offer a vast range of opportunities for businesses to access the insights of our innovative researchers, high calibre students and graduates, as well as our specialist facilities, to solve technical, strategic and operational issues.

UEA is committed to creating sustainable, collaborative relationships with local, national and international businesses. Our expertise spans sectors ranging from the arts to cutting-edge science, from the environment to strategic business management. We have a wealth of resources to help business and society, and make a unique contribution to the knowledge and understanding of global challenges.

Archant

Shaun Lowthorpe
Shaun Lowthorpe
Position: Business Publishing Editor
01603 772471
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Archant is a privately owned media company serving geographical and specialist interest communities across a wide range of media and employing around 1,600 staff.

We are the fifth largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK with titles in East Anglia, London, Kent and the South West, publishing 1.6 million copies a week in print and reaching six million readers a month online. Our portfolio of more than 50 news brands includes the Eastern Daily Press in Norfolk, the East Anglian Daily Times in Suffolk and the Ham & High in London. 

Archant is the largest publisher of regional and local lifestyle magazines and associated digital media in the UK. We also owns a range of specialist magazine titles circulating mainly in the UK and USA. Its portfolio of 80 magazine titles reaches an average of more than three million readers every month across the UK. In recent years it has extended its activities into exhibitions, events and digital media focussed on the Weddings and French property markets.

We have a broad portfolio of digital media assets and marketing services supporting its more traditional media. In 2013 it won a licence to broadcast television to the city of Norwich. The service, Mustard TV, has been broadcasting on Freeview channel 8 since March 2014. It is also a prolific publisher of mobile Apps on the Apple and Android platforms in the UK.

The group, which was founded in 1845, has its roots in Norwich where most of our back office functions are located and we have frontline staff based in the communities that we serve across the UK.