Who we are

The ScaleUp Institute is a private sector, not-for-profit company focused on making the UK the best place in the world to scale up a business.

Our vision

Our ambition is that Britain becomes the most fertile ground for businesses, not only to start up but to scale up and grow. If the UK is to capitalise on its long history as a trading nation and the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit which has seen an explosion in vitality over the past five years, it now needs to focus determinedly on how it ‘leans in’ to support its growing firms to scale.

The UK’s future economic prosperity and social well¬being are critically dependent upon our being a world-leading environment in which companies thrive after they have been started, enabling opportunity for reach and scale and contributing positive impact for generations to come.

Closing the ‘scaleup gap’ has the potential to deliver:

  • up to 150,000 additional jobs by 2034, across every region of the UK
  • as much as £225bn (net) towards UK GDP, from 2015 to 2034
  • increased productivity in all sectors of the economy
There are 11,575 scaleups in the UK
There are 8,923 scaleups in England
Scaleups create 4,500 jobs per week
Scaleups create 3x as many jobs as FTSE100
A scaleup is at least 3 years old

What we do

The ScaleUp Institute builds on the pioneering research and recommendations published in the 2014 Scale-Up Report. The Institute collaborates with policy makers, corporate partners and educational establishments to take these recommendations forward, to track the targets set out in the report, and to make a real and identifiable impact.

We aim to advance understanding of how to scale up a business, and how to build the most effective environment in which scaleups can flourish. We spread best practice, providing opportunities for scaleup companies across industry sectors and regions to meet and share ideas. We undertake research, thought leadership and targeted projects with partners.

We work with policy makers to identify opportunities that will support scaleup businesses. We share our methodology and ideas to create resources that will help aspiring scaleup businesses. We keep scaleups and their issues at the top of the UK political and business agenda.