New Business Community to Put the Drive into ACCELERATE 250

Robert Durkin of FusePump has been invited to join the ACCELERATE 250, a new business community championed by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young and made up of the fastest growing companies in the UK.

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 June 27.

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 businesses, the “vital six per cent” 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.

ACCELERATE 2013 will see more than 1,000 delegates descend on Liverpool for a festival like no other, with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, 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.”

Robert is thrilled to be invited to join ACCELERATE 250: “It’s great that FusePump has been identified as one of the UK’s most high-potential small businesses – we can’t wait to meet the other ACCELERATE 250 members in Liverpool for what we hope will be the start of a fantastic partnership.

“The ACCELERATE 250 programme has been designed to help small businesses grow successfully and it’s a fantastic opportunity to receive advice from inspirational people such as former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick and Martha Lane Fox.

“Having FusePump recognised by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young is a huge achievement and we’re very excited by the prospect of joining up with the best of Britain’s businesses.”

Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, said: “ACCELERATE 2013 will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase that the business world works best when it works together, with the ACCELERATE 250 embodying this collaborative spirit and we look forward to welcoming them to Liverpool.

“Members will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on how to make the successful transition from start-up to high-growth business.”

Notes to editors:
Tickets to attend Accelerate 2013 cost £50, plus VAT and booking fee, and can be booked via the website:

For further information, please contact:

Henrietta Walsh
+44 (0) 20 7199 2212

Jonathan Caswell
+44 (0) 151 600 2946

Michaela Clement-Hayes
+44 (0) 207 199 6594

About FusePump
FusePump provide simple and profitable marketing technology solutions for e-commerce merchants, including those in the travel, retail and telco sectors. FusePump’s e-commerce marketing platform allows websites to effectively promote their products in all the major online channels (affiliate, comparison shopping, marketplaces, search, display etc.) with little or no technical effort from the client. This not only improves the consumer buying experience, but also helps to drive increased sales.

About Accelerate 2013
On 27 June 2013, the city of Liverpool will host Accelerate 2013, Britain’s flagship festival dedicated to high-growth businesses.

Bringing together outstanding speakers from the world of business and beyond, Accelerate 2013 will provide delegates with the inspiration and concrete tools they need to take their business to the next level.

The event will gather 1,000 delegates for a conference like no other, which will act as a unique accelerator for growth, motivating the best of British business to strive even higher and equipping them with the inspiration and insight to do so.

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