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It all started in 2004 when Andrew Scott launched Purplex from his dining room table, working as a business and marketing consultant.

Today the group has a multi-million turnover, 70+ employees and a 7-figure balance sheet with strong liquidity. It operates from facilities in London and a prestigious, company-owned Head Office near Bristol.

The structure was formalised in 2012 when Ascot Group (Holdings) Ltd was incorporated as a holding company, with a number of subsidiary companies, a property business and an investment arm. It is still privately owned by the founder and CEO, Andrew Scott.

Business Activities

The core trading activities include marketing, business data, software development, business media, publishing and events with clients across the UK, Europe and the U.S. For full details of business activities please visit our Portfolio.

The group is also seeking potential business acquisitions that are aligned to our core markets, and provides equity-based investment for start-up and scale-up ventures. Other activities include property acquisition and management through our dedicated property business.

Andrew Scott

Founder and CEO

Andrew has acquired, built and sold several companies before launching the Ascot Group in 2004. He is a marketing and business growth strategist with extensive M&A experience. You can view Andrew’s full bio here.

Helen Costeloe-Hughes

Commercial Director

Helen oversees commercial activities including finance, business administration and HR. She previously ran a successful accountancy business and has worked in hospitality, leisure and retail before joining the Ascot Group.

Charles Cook

Non-Executive Advisory

Charles is a corporate lawyer who sold his general law practice, Cook & Co Solicitors, in 2018 and joined the advisory board of the Ascot Group. He is a director of Bristol Private Equity Club and is now managing partner of Cook Corporate, a specialist M&A law firm.

Samuel Cross

Purplex Director

Sam joined the Ascot Group in 2009 to head the PR team at Purplex Marketing. He has grown with the company and honed his PR and media skills, and now manages a team of PR, media and contents marketers.

Adi Day

Purplex Director

Adi is the digital lead for Purplex Marketing, driving the digital strategy for clients that includes web, e-commerce, digital marketing and social media. He joined the Group in 2014 and continues to lead from the front.

Jade Greenhow

Insight Data Director

Joining the Ascot Group in 2010, Jade started in a junior role and has progressed to become Operations Director of Insight Data, overseeing day-to-day activities that includes customer support, software, sales & marketing and data compliance.

Oliver Ballard

Business Leader Director

With a background in political journalism, Oli has led the growth of Business Leader Magazine since its inception in 2012. Now the UK’s largest B2B publication for entrepreneurs, Oli also spearheads live and virtual business events.

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