The Growth Company Ltd is a private not-for-profit company based in Manchester, providing a range of solutions in the employment and education market. There are approximately 1,200 employees in the organisation, which has an annual turnover of £105m. Staff numbers remain similar to that at the time of the last assessment, although the value, breadth and volume of services has increased. Established in 1989, the company has historically delivered and managed relatively large-scale provision in the Greater Manchester area, including vocational training and Next Steps (the predecessor programme to the National Careers Service). In 2013, it began the delivery of National Careers Service provision, as a Prime Contractor in Staffordshire and the North West, and since 2015 there has been rapid growth and expansion, which leaders and managers describe as significant.