Scaleups are some of the brightest beacons of Global UK. They are more internationally focused
than their SME peers and are increasingly looking to expand into new markets. Access to
international markets is viewed by nearly half of all scaleups as a vital or very important factor in
their future growth. More than six in 10 (61%) plan to export in the future, while more than half
(53%) already export.
Scaleups are also focused on growth through innovation. Three in four (75%) have invested in
innovation and R&D. And they are investing heavily: our 2020 Scaleup Index reveals 447 scaleups
who have collectively spent £1.5bn in R&D over the last three years.