Congratulations to the six companies featured in the NW Business Insider’s September issue. The businesses, all based in Baltic Creative & Northern Lights include Damibu, Bennetts, Aquarate, The Mind Map, Springpod, and Lucy Maggie Designs.

These companies appeared in Insider’s ‘Burgeoning Talent’ feature. Now in its 3rd year, the feature showcases businesses which Insider deem as Liverpool City Region’s ‘Ones to Watch.’

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We’re extremely proud of our six occupiers who are recognised for their achievements and growth. Learn more about them below or by picking up Insider’s September issue!


Aquarate is a health-tech company providing innovative solutions to senior healthcare across the country. Hydracare is now used by the NHS, local councils and care homes. CEO and founder, Rebecca Taylor has high hopes for international expansion due to their UK success. We spoke to Rebecca when they moved into 16 Jordan Street in March 2022

CEO Rebecca Taylor. (c) Aquarate.


Bennetts is a digital sportswear platform, who have recently grown from their space in 16 Jordan Street into a larger unit at Digital House. only operated since 2021, this rapid growth of the company is thanks to a large social media following and endorsements from celebrities such as Tommy Mallett and Central Cee.


Damibu is a digital technology studio and software developer based at 16 Jordan Street. Recently the company won £90k of SBRI funding to improve health and information for minority groups. In December last year we interviewed company founder, Dave Burrows. Read the Spotlight blog here to find out more about their journey and the funding process.

The team. (c) Damibu.

Lucy Maggie Designs

Lucy Maggie Designs specialises in greeting cards, stationery and gifts. Founder Lucy Nicholson expanded earlier this year, taking a shop space in Red Brick market. Lucy has also launched a secondary licensing business with the help of her colleagues Ella and Lorna. Relevant Studios aims to introduce illustrators to the world of art licensing and give artists the chance to see their work sold in some of the most prominent retail businesses.

Mind Map

The Mind Map is a mental health care service who this year won funding from LCR Civic Data Cooperative to develop a digital mental health intervention for students. CEO and founder, Phil Bridges said in a LinkedIn post: “As someone who struggled with their mental health through university, I know first hand how this time can be a precarious one for students and that additional support is crucial.” Look out for our interview with Phil later this year!

Phil Bridges (third from L) at the pitch event in May. (c) LCR Civic Data Cooperative.


Springpod is an online career and advice platform based in Digital House. They partner with employers, colleges and universities to create interactive, experiential learning programmes. Earlier this year the company secured a £3 million investment round from Edge. The partnership will allow them to scale their impact from 400,000 young people to millions.

Screenshot from the online platform. (c) Springpod.