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 over £1million 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.
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.
The Ascot Group is born2004
Andrew Scott launches Purplex as a marketing and business growth consultant and the Ascot Group is born.
The launch of Insight Data2007
In a year of firsts, we move into our first office and recruit our first employee. Andrew also launches specialist marketing data supplier Insight Data.
Business of the Year award2010
With 12 staff, we decide that it's time to relocate to larger offices AND launch a digital marketing division. Insight Data also wins 'Business of the Year' award just three years after its inception.
Salestracker is launched2014
Insight Data creates Salestracker, the UK's first data and CRM system that is updated in real time, while we reach 20 staff.
Business Leader Magazine2015
Our Business Leader Magazine and Events brand is launched in the South West.
We open our new office in London's Trafalgar Square as we hit the 40 employees mark.
We purchase our new HQ, part of a £1m investment in the business, which gives us 10,000 square foot of office space and state-of-the-art facilities. Purplex is also a finalist in the CMA Marketing Agency of the Year awards.
Business Leader goes national2018
Business Leader magazine launches nationally, creating the country's leading B2B print, digital and events magazine.
We pass 70 employees and unveil plans to scale up to 200 staff, and now boast a client portfolio that includes SME's and Blue-Chip corporations in the UK and across Europe.