We love having visitors at the Huddle offices and over the last month we have been lucky enough to have a couple of VIP guests drop by our London and San Francisco offices. Just a few weeks ago, Business Secretary Vince Cable launched theGrowthAccelerator programme at our Old Street offices.  A new partnership between the government and the private sector,GrowthAccelerator has been designed to help 26,000 of England’s brightest businesses achieve their ambition and potential.

The partnership between the government and the private sector will see business experts mentoring and working with companies to identify their barriers to growth and how to overcome them. Proving that UK businesses can not only be trailblazers on their home turf, but successful on the global stage, Huddle’s London offices were the chosen venue for the media launch.

On a tour of the office with Huddle co-founders Ali and Andy, Mr Cable learnt about Huddle’s exponential growth from a team of two people (and yes that is Ali and Andy!) working from a bedroom to a company that:

  • Is co-headquartered in London and San Francisco, with a newly launched office in New York and a Washington office on the cards for the end of the year
  • Is bringing intelligent collaboration to more than 100,000 organisations worldwide
  • Counts 80% of the Fortune 500 and brands such as Diageo, P&G, Kia Motors and Unilever as its customers
  • Works with 80% of central UK government departments
  • Is set to have a 200-strong team this year
  • Has just closed its $24 million Series C round of funding

It was access to a government finance scheme – an early version of GrowthAccelerator – that gave Alastair and Andy the grounding in how venture capital worked. This got them onto the first rung of the ladder, enabling them to raise $4 million from Eden Ventures, and since then they haven’t looked back!

And as if one VIP visitor wasn’t enough, hot on the heels of Mr Cable’s London visit, HMA Ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott, stopped by Huddle’s San Francisco office. Following a discussion with Andy about Huddle’s expansion across the Atlantic and how other British start-ups can replicate our success, Sir Peter joined a roundtable with three other British-born, Bay Area start-ups: HeyZap, BrightPearl and LoopUp. The challenges and successes of expanding and living in the U.S., were the focus of the lively discussion over breakfast and there was still time for a quick game of shuffleboard.

If you want to see all the action and have a peak at Huddle’s office, take a look at the GrowthAccelerator launch here:

And Sir Peter’s visit here:

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