Total number of scaleups

No. by employee growth

No. by turnover growth

No. by employee and turnover growth

Total employees

Total turnover

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Employee Growth

City Facilities Management
City Facilities Management provides facility management services including maintenance, technical procurement and ancillary services.

John Clark Motor Group
John Clark Motor Group operates a chain of car dealerships as well as a vehicle leasing business.

Parks Motor Group
Parks Motor Group operates a car dealership providing new and used vehicles.

Robertson operates a number of companies within the construction and infrastructure industries.

Eastern Western Motor Group
Eastern Western Motor Group offers a range of used and new cars and bikes as wells as maintenance services.

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Turnover Growth

Capital Document Solutions
Capital Document Solutions provides a range of consultancy services aimed at improving how companies manage their documents.

Scotbrite Services
Scotbrite Services provides commercial and residential cleaning services.

City Gate Construction
City Gate Construction provides construction, engineering and maintenance services for residential properties, railway infrastructure and steel fabrication.

Drysdales operates a number of farms and processing facilities that grow and prepare vegetables for supermarket sale.

Social Care Alba
Social Care Alba provides a range of at home nursing and care services, specialising in dementia and learning disabilities.


Following a pilot Unlocking Ambition Programme the Scottish Government has confirmed a further £1.5m to Scottish Enterprise to deliver a programme for up to 40 entrepreneurs looking to scale.  Currently in recruitment it will provide a mix of world class training and support, peer to peer cohorts and some development grant funding of up to £25k.  This is in addition to the long-standing Start2Scale for companies with the ambition and potential to scale quickly to £50m-£100m+ turnover. 

Entrepreneurial Scotland launched two new programmes in 2020:

  • Evolve – a 2-year programme of facilitated coaching and peer to peer learning covering the building blocks to scale.  
  • Catalyst – a fully online one-year programme linking executive leadership teaching from Babson with a peer cohort covering topics such as Conscious Leadership, Resilient Leadership, Innovation & Growth. 

The Northern Innovation Hub is a programme of support for small to medium sized businesses in specific sectors across the Highland Council area of the HIE region helping them to grow through embracing innovation and entrepreneurship.   In addition, The Pathfinder Accelerator is a 6-month programme of support for life science and technology SMEs looking to take a new product or service to market.

Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are Talent, Markets in the UK and Markets internationally. They are looking for support from the Scottish enterprise agencies and Entrepreneurial Scotland, public sector funding for innovation/R&D, Innovate UK and procurement contracts.

Top barriers to growth

  • Talent
  • Markets in the UK
  • Markets internationally

want TO SEE more of:

  • Scottish Enterprise/Highlands & Islands Enterprise/Entrepreneurial Scotland
  • Public sector funding for innovation/R&D
  • Innovate UK
  • Procurement contracts

The CAN DO Scale Group will share a joined-up action plan by the end of the year. This will be aligned to Scottish Government’s Programme which recognises scaleups as being the “engine room” of Scotland’s economic recovery. The Scottish Funding Council along with Scotland’s universities is developing an executive education programme for scaleups. 2021 will see increased focus on support of scaleups and action to tackle the blockers to their sustainable profitability. Future plans will also see a growing emphasis on the importance of profit with purpose, net zero carbon, inclusivity and wellbeing.