Blogs

Driving Economic Growth, Leeds 2018

The ScaleUp Institute has held its third Driving Economic Growth through Scaleup Ecosystems programme, bringing together around 80 delegates from LEPs and Growth Hubs, City Regions and local councils, universities, business groups and scaleup business leaders. This...

Launch of the Annual Scaleup Review 2017

On Tuesday 14 November, we launched our Annual Scaleup Review 2017 at the British Library. An array of top class speakers shared their insights and enthusiasm for the scaleup agenda. Isabel Oswell welcomes delegates on behalf of the British Library. Irene Graham sets...

Autumn 2017 Budget: the scaleup focus

It was pleasing to see that scaleups were referenced in a number of areas of the Chancellor’s Budget speech and in the accompanying documents. These included: The specific recognition of the value of patient capital in allowing businesses to scale up, with the...

Financing Growth in Innovative Firms: our response

The need to address the issue of long-term, “patient” capital is not new to the UK. It has been addressed in several reviews from the Cruickshank report in 2000, the 2009 Rowlands review, the 2012 Breedon review and the 2014 Scaleup Report. Many of the...

SME Finance Monitor: the scaleup perspective

The contribution of scaleup businesses to the health and dynamism of the UK economy is being increasingly realised. Scaleups matter because they are across sectors, in every area of the country and are generators of exports, jobs and growth in our local communities....

Industrial Strategy Green Paper: our response

The recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper set a welcome tone – engaging directly with the benefits that scaleup businesses have for UK wide productivity and economic growth. Although the rapidly approaching General Election has been a surprise, it does not change the...

Look to the LEPs

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are now seven years old. At the recent national LEP Network conference, Secretary of State for Local Government Sajid Javid was emphatic about their importance on the new path that the UK is now taking.   He highlighted their...

Budget 2017: summary for scaleups

The Chancellor’s Autumn Budget contains many measures that are relevant for scaleups. These include business and corporate taxes, property taxes and tax administration, skills and training, schools and further education. The Budget also sets out further detail...

Go to Grow: evidence from a programme focused on scaleups

It is important that when programmes are established for scaleup businesses that, from the get-go, they are assessed, monitored and measured for impact as well as for learnings. It is pleasing to see one programme which has done just that is the Mayor’s International...

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