• Sixteen high growth technology businesses form part of the 2022 Growth Programme cohort
  • Cambridge-based Workiro is part of BDO’s first Growth Programme
  • The technology company has created a next-generation app for businesses that uniquely combines task, communication and document management capabilities, including e-signature

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has launched its first Growth Programme dedicated to helping high growth technology businesses to scale up, with Cambridge-based Workiro one of 16 to make the exclusive 2022 cohort.

The selected businesses, including the productivity and content management software business, will join a four-month intensive programme that aims to provide each business with the skills, tools and connections needed to maximise their growth.

Each programme will focus on one of three themes: tech for the future of work, innovation in RegTech, and tech transforming logistics and supply chain.

The programme will be delivered in collaboration with GrowthBuilders – experts in enabling scale-up and corporate collaboration to drive commercial outputs.

Jason Ross, CIO at Workiro, commented “As a scale-up business, we recognise the significant value that comes from partnership working, co-creation and collaboration – all of which are vital in driving profitability, growth and innovation.

“We’re delighted to be one of a select number of high growth technology business to be part of the first BDO Growth Programme cohort and we can’t wait to forge strong and fruitful relationships with like-minded businesses, while tapping into the specialist expertise of BDO and GrowthBuilders, whether that’s from an operational growth, fundraising, hiring, or sales and marketing perspective.”

The participants are businesses headquartered across five countries, many of which already have an established global presence. Collectively, they have raised over £41m in funding and have more than 850 employees.

The programme accelerates business growth over four months by focusing on three main areas, including developing scale-up teams through world-class business growth masterclasses.

Phil Hall, partner at BDO in East Anglia and a mentor on the programme, said: “The mid-market tech sector in East Anglia is a vibrant and fast-growth market – one that we have been committed to for many years. Our inaugural Growth Programme intends to build on the success stories, not just in the region, but across the UK, as we continue to support emerging tech businesses such as Workiro to scale up.

“We have a fantastic cohort of participants for our first year and what stands out is the sheer amount of innovation, creativity and potential market disruption these businesses offer.”

The 16 BDO Growth Programme scale-ups are KYC Hub, Sust Global, Tessaract, Veremark, Eurosender, Ex-Mile Solutions, Gardenia Technologies, Soleadify, Workhorse, Arctic Shores, DeckRobot, GoSpace AI, Hundo, T-cup, X0PA AI and Workiro.