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Tusker invited to join ACCELERATE 250 business community

The ACCELERATE 250 will be meeting for the first time at ACCELERATE 2013, Britain’s first flagship festival dedicated to high-potential businesses that is set to be held in Liverpool on 27th June.

The festival aims to raise the profile of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses and their impact on the British economy, with the ACCELERATE 250 seen as key to mobilising wider support for entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Lord Young and Sir Terry Leahy have identified representatives from the UK’s fastest growing small and medium-sized businesses, the “vital 6%” of companies that are creating more than half of the nation’s new jobs, calling on them to work together in identifying solutions to mutual obstacles.

The group will be working closely with one another to address the key issues and shared challenges that face all growing businesses, meeting for a series of interactive discussions and debates.

Members of the ACCELERATE 250 come from across the UK and represent industries from food and fashion, to pharmaceuticals and finance. The event has attracted a number of high-profile sponsors, including two of Britain’s biggest banks – RBS and Coutts – who join Virgin, BT and education network Gazelle.

ACCELERATE 2013 will see more than a thousand delegates descend on Liverpool for a business festival, with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, lastminute.com co-founder Martha Lane Fox, former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick and Tech City UK CEO Joanna Shields among the confirmed speakers.

Sir Terry Leahy, former Tesco CEO, said: ‘It’s our belief that Britain’s prosperity in the 21st century global economy is going to be built on the success of high-potential, fast-growth businesses.

‘That is why, this coming June, we will be assembling a new group of Britain’s brightest and best businesses to put them at the heart of Britain’s economic renaissance.

‘It is our ambition that the 27 June will be just the start of the journey that sees the ACCELERATE 250 become the nucleus of Britain’s future high-growth economic success.’

David Hosking added: ‘Having our hard work recognised by the likes of Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young is a huge achievement and we’re excited by the prospect of joining up with the very best that Britain’s businesses have to offer.’ 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.