United Kingdom

February 2013

Eight19 (A): A Social Enterprise?

By Jeff Skinner, Tom Ryan

Eight19 is a technology-based start-up company based on Cambridge Science Park. The company is developing a new (and very low cost) solar-panel technology aimed primarily at domestic use in developing countries. The case describes the…

November 2018

Patch: Financing the Entrepreneurial Business

By Gary Dushnitsky

Heading into Old Street Tube station in London on a chilly January day, Freddie’s mind was racing with ideas. He had just come out from another meeting with Forward Partners, a well-known, London-based venture capital…

July 2010

Turnaround at UCLH: A hospital in intensive care case (D)

By Anita Devlin, Cheerag Shirodaria, Michael Jacobides, Renate Verheul

University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is a major London teaching hospital. It encountered serious financial problems as a result of the consolidation of two separate hospitals into one new hospital building, coupled…

January 2010

Turnaround at UCLH: A hospital in intensive care case (C)

By Anita Devlin, Cheerag Shirodaria, Michael Jacobides, Renate Verheul

University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is a major London teaching hospital. It encountered serious financial problems as a result of the consolidation of two separate hospitals into one new hospital building, coupled…

July 2010

Turnaround at UCLH: A hospital in intensive care case (A) and (B)

By Anita Devlin, Cheerag Shirodaria, Michael Jacobides, Renate Verheul

University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is a major London teaching hospital. It encountered serious financial problems as a result of the consolidation of two separate hospitals into one new hospital building, coupled…

August 2018

The UK Government Digital Service

By Julian Birkinshaw, Scott Duncan

The case describes how Mike Bracken, the newly appointed head of the UK Government Digital Service (GDS), took on the massive challenge of setting up, from scratch, a centralised team to deliver online public services…

February 2016

Sofar Sounds: Charting the next stage of growth

By Julian Birkinshaw, David Mather

This case traces the development of a live entertainment company, Sofar Sounds, from a conversation among three friends about their frustrations with live music events, through early success and now to a point where the…

June 2017

Propay Ltd (B)

By Keith Willey

Rick Stein is faced with taking rapid action to both save his business and at the same time take advantage of a surprise exit opportunity. As usual there’s a cash squeeze but should the business…

January 2018

ProPay Ltd (A)

By Keith Willey

Rick Stein gazed out at Propay Ltd’s car park where his fifteen-year-old car now languished.A year ago ProPay’s previous owner parked his Maserati in the exact same spot – a contrast that seemed oddly symbolic…

August 2018

Pret A Manger (A)

By Rupert Merson

This case series takes us through the story of Pret A Manger, one of the first up-market sandwich bar chains in London. The series explores the founding of a business as an entrepreneurial venture and…