Explore the ScaleUp Annual Review 2022

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Across the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, there are 3,475 scaleups with key clusters in Manufacturing, Health/Social Work, Accommodation/Food, Professional, Scientific & Tech, Construction and Wholesale/Retail. There are 1,805 businesses in the scaling pipeline growing between 15-19.99%.

As we assess the development across 2020 in local scaleup dynamics we see an overall slow down in scaleup growth in many localities and continuing regional disparities.

There are 6 LEPs within the North East and over the seven year trend since monitoring began we see on a regional level:

  • The average of the region increased from 36.1 in 2013 to 42.2 in 2020 in scaleup density (up 6.1 scaleups per 100k population). By comparison the national average increased by 8.5 scaleups per 100k population during this time period.

More locally we observe:

  • York and North Yorkshire is the only LEP tracking above national average in 2020. 
  • Leeds City Region is the only local area within the North East with an increase in scaleup density in 2020, ranking above the regional average.
  • Tees Valley has been a persistent cold spot in the region with slight overall decrease in scaleups per 100k population in the 7 year monitoring period.

Scaleups are seeking locally focused scaleup support with connectivity to national and international programmes and stakeholders as they grow. 

In the following pages we look deeper into three exemplar areas, Leeds City Region, North East and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, within the North East highlighting the local dynamics and strategies that have been developed alongside the scaleup support that is available and what impact has been delivered for local scaling businesses.

Further insights on each LEP in the North East can be found in the Annex and a range of public and private programmes supporting scaling businesses on the support finder:

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