A-Star Sports have been nominated as one of Britain's brightest talents

A-Star Sports has been invited to join the Accelerate 250, a new business community championed by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young and made up of the fastest growing companies in the UK.

A-Star Sports, which launched in October 2011, programmes start with the fundamentals and develops to offer children 10 core sports including basketball, cricket, dodgeball, football, handball, hockey, rounders, rugby, tennis, and volleyball. It is designed to make sport fun and accessible for children.

The Accelerate 250 will be meeting for the first time at Accelerate 2013, Britain’s first flagship festival dedicated to high-potential businesses that is set to be held in Liverpool on June 27 and Sharon and Gary Bassett will be attending on A-Star Sports behalf.

Lord Young and Sir Terry Leahy have identified representatives from the UK’s fastest growing small and medium businesses that are creating more than half the nation’s new jobs.

Members of the Accelerate 250 come from right across the UK and represent industries from food and fashion, to pharmaceuticals and finance. The group will be working together to address the key issues and shared challenges that face all growing businesses.

Sir Terry Leahy, former Tesco CEO said: “It’s our belief that Britain’s prosperity in the 21st century global economy is going to be built on the success of high-potential, fast-growth businesses. That is why, this coming June, we will be assembling a new group of Britain’s brightest and best businesses to put them at the heart of Britain’s economic renaissance. IT is our ambition that the 27 June will be just the start of the journey that sees the Accelerate 250 become the nucleus of Britain’s future high-growth economic success.”

Gary Basset, co-founder and managing director of A-Star Sports, said: “We are thrilled that A-Star Sports has been identified as one of the UK’s most high-potential small businesses – we can’t wait to join up with the other Accelerate 250 members in Liverpool for what promises to be the start of a fantastic partnership.”

Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, said: “Accelerate 2013 will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase that the business world works best when it works together, with the Accelerate 250 embodying this collaborative spirit and we look forward to welcoming them to Liverpool. Members will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on how to make the successful transition from start-up to high-growth business.”