31 Oct 2017 368 new firms added to the database
03 Nov 2017 Major clients renew subscriptions
14 Nov 2017 Attend ‘ScaleUp’ event in London

The Gibson Index contains profiles on some 70,000 early stage start-ups, University spinouts, SME veterans, technology-led consultancies and business partnerships. It forms the world’s first comprehensive national small company database of any major nation.

The index is the result of an intensive research project by the writer and author Marcus Gibson, a prolific contributor to The Financial Times newspaper, and his team of researchers and correspondents from around the UK – in a project started more than 10 years ago.

It seeks to highlight the UK’s unique treasure store of small technology companies - which is one of the most important but least understood ‘Crown Jewels’ of the British economy.

Subscribers to the database include UK Government organizations, blue chip British companies, academic institutions, finance houses and economic development organizations keen to keep in touch with the fast moving world of technology and small SME in the UK.



November 2017 – Three great SMEs added this month:


Little-known Panorama Antennas celebrates its 70th year in business

This world leader in the design and manufacture of world-beating antennas for radio communication was founded in 1947 by Leon Jesman, an ex-serviceman and Siberian labour camp survivor, and the company is still a family business which is now in its third generation.

In the early 1980s Vodafone chose Panorama to be their contractor to supply all their antennas for a large project to build a national cellular phone service. It went live on 1st of January, 1985.

Panorama was also the first manufacturer to adapt its glass mounted antennas for GSM applications. Leon Jesman’s sons, Christopher and Andrew, now in charge of the company, filed a patent for the first-ever solid state coupling circuit. Today, most manufacturers follow the Panorama design.

In the late 1980s it moved its factory from Putney to Wandsworth, only two miles distant. The bigger premises allowed the firm to build the first anechoic chamber – the first for antenna designers in Europe.

In 1997 new products included the first low profile glass mounted antenna, and the first dual band glass mounted antenna. It is now focusing on opportunities in the growing worlds of IoT and M2M companies.

In 2017 Panorama Antennas said Yellow Cab San Francisco had chosen Panorama’s ‘Sharkee’, multi-band antenna for their voice, data and GPS positioning antennas. This antenna is the latest generation of vehicle antennas with the ability to connect to multiple frequency bands, using one single hole in the vehicle body.

ATG Access celebrates 10 years of exporting success with major deals

It will supply security barriers for several huge projects across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The company’s revenue from exports continues to grow quickly and the company aims to surpass £10m worth of sales per annum in the next year.

ATG Access began exporting 10 years ago from its St Helens, Merseyside, headquarters. Since then, the company’s export business has increased 30-times in value and now supplies 42 countries, manufacturing security products across five different global locations.

Its end-users include Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport and huge new industrial cities in Saudi Arabia. Export sales from Europe are also growing quickly in light of recent terror attacks, and new projects in Belgium, Amsterdam and Paris highlight the demand in the western part of this continent.

Its latest innovation is an innovative road block system, Surface Guard, which can be quickly and cheaply deployed, yet can withstand the force of a 2,500kg vehicle travelling at 30 mph. The system is attracting worldwide interest after its recent launch, as a means to increase security following the recent terrorist attacks that have used vehicles to target crowded public spaces.

MacRebur Ltd - the new darling of the ‘Celebrity Investor’ in the UK

In October 2017 Scottish company MacRebur said it takes its plastics ‘from old rubbish’ and improves road durability, but uses less oil-based bitumen normally used. As plastic production soars every year, the company said its solution is the first of its kind in the world. The A6 in Cumbria was chosen because of heavy use by heavy goods vehicles, taking products from a water bottling plan and a sand quarry.

MacRebur said ‘It’s the end of the road for waste plastic’ and has been backed by investment from tennis player Sir Andy Murray and Virgin Media, who handed the company its start-up award for 2016. Virgin boss Richard Branson has also put money into the firm, after it was advertised on the crowdfunding website Seedrs.

As part of their support from major businesses, Virgin Media workmen are using MR6 to relay pavements and roads whenever it lays new cables around the country. It was first used on a UK motorway on the slip road from junction 42 of the M6 in Carlisle.

MR6 is a waste plastic pellet additive used to replace bitumen in an asphalt mix, resulting in a stronger, longer lasting, cost effective road. MR6 enhances the roads we drive on.

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