Our Partners


Ed Savory of Birketts
Mark Gipson of Birketts

Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm. With a rich heritage spanning more than 150 years it has an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally. Operating from offices across East Anglia and London, the firm shares a common culture and approach to service delivery. It has an unrivalled reputation for providing high-quality legal advice and client service – which has seen Birketts regularly winning high-level legal awards including Law Firm of the Year 2020; Human Resources Firm of the Year (outside London) 2020; Estates Gazette Legal Team of the Year 2019 and Corporate Law Firm of the Year 2019.

Birketts is represented on the Future 50 board by Ed Savory.


Matt McLoughlin of Foresight

Foresight is a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager with £6.5 billion of assets under management (following completion of the recent announcement of Foresight Group’s acquisition of Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP), total AUM will increase to £6.5bn).

Formed in 1984, Foresight is amongst the most active private equity houses in the UK market, providing flexible capital and support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across a range of sectors. With offices across the UK, including Cambridge, its £100 million Foresight East of England Fund provides equity investments of up to £5 million in SMEs in the East of England and beyond.

Foresight is represented on the Future 50 Board by Matt McLoughlin

Lovewell Blake

Mary Schofield of Lovewell Blake
James Shipp of Lovewell Blake

Lovewell Blake is a leading firm of Chartered Accountants and Financial Planners. It has worked with outstanding local businesses for more than 160 years and is also at the cutting edge of cloud accounting technology, highly specialised taxation advisory services and diverse audit and accounting expertise. Every business’s needs are unique and with eight offices across the region, 27 specialist partners and a staff of around 350, this top 50 firm of accountants prides itself on providing tailored services to meet the individual needs of its clients, with expert advice from local specialists. To celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2008, Lovewell Blake set up the LB150 Fund, which is still going strong and to date has raised more than £300,000 for good causes.

Lovewell Blake is represented on the Future 50 Board by James Shipp and Mary Schofield.

Norwich Research Park

David Parfrey of Norwich Research Park

Norwich Research Park is a global research centre for life sciences, agri-tech, bio-tech, medi-tech, bioinformatics and food and health, with an active Enterprise Zone. It boasts a unique mix of world-leading institutes – the Earlham Institute, John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute, The Sainsbury’s Laboratory - a leading university, the University of East Anglia (UEA), as well as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, that focuses on turning the science into real-life applications.

Its 230-hectare site is home to 150 businesses. Key to the success of the Park is the spirit of collaboration and cooperation, with experts in all fields able to meet, exchange ideas and develop new projects and new technologies on a unique and productive campus that creates solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges in food, health and climate change. Norwich Research Park is represented on the Future 50 board by executive chairman David Parfrey


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Matthew Peek of Barclays
Glen Webster of Barclays

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management. With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in more than 40 countries and employs approximately 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.


Richard Porritt of Archant

Archant is a privately owned media company serving geographical and specialist interest communities with over 140 brands and associated websites.

Our collection of more than 60 news brands includes the Eastern Daily Press in Norfolk, the East Anglian Daily Times in Suffolk and the Ham & High in London. We publish 1.35 million copies a week in print, and the websites for our news brands reach more than 4.8 million readers every month.

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