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Vistage [Annual Review 2020]

Leadership Capacity

Impact for scaleups


Annual job creation


Average revenue growth


International community of members


UK Vistage members are scaleups with a further 20% actively planning to scale


Accredited expert speakers/thought leaders within the UK


UK-wide events

Key sectors

Impact ventures / Social Impact Life Sciences & Biotech Building & Construction Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing Creative, digital, film, games & media Professional services Defence & security Technology & Communications Engineering / Advanced Engineering Transport & Logistics Environmental Science & Technology Farming, fisheries & forestry Finance Food & drink Healthcare

Vistage has been running private peer advisory groups for business leaders since 1955 basing its approach on experience of working with high performers. Built into the programme are three core characteristics of successful business leaders: they regularly step away from day to day duties to focus on their business; they connect with peers and they are constantly looking for outside perspectives.

Thanks to these insights Vistage has put the peer advisory group at the core of its programme. Selected members meet in groups of around 12 and spend a day a month focusing on what makes the best leaders. Each group is led by a Vistage Chair recruited for their business background, scaleup knowledge and experience. The Vistage Chair also acts as a personal mentor and holds a coaching meeting with each member monthly on a one-to-one basis.

At the group meetings business leaders help each other solve challenges, evaluate opportunities and explore strategies in a safe and non-competitive environment. Outside speakers share new and innovative ideas.

Covid-19 showed Vistage’s impact with Managing Directors reporting that the programme had prepared them to cope and enabled them to make effective decisions with advice and support from their peer groups. Many are reporting record revenue growth despite the impacts of the lockdown while members in hard-hit sectors have said that they are now set up to survive and then thrive once restrictions ease.

During the pandemic Vistage supplemented peer group meetings with insights from world-leading experts as well as regular economic and research updates.

Vistage [Annual Review 2020] website