Talent and Skills

The UK has a major skills gap that holds back scaleup companies. It is the most significant issue for them. These companies have particular issues recruiting people with technical and business skills, whether taking on young people straight from education or those with more experience. These skills are vital for rapidly scaling businesses to enable them to develop new products and services, navigate new markets and develop their business structures. Given the size of the skills gap, action is required by both business and government.


Dr Deborah Buckley-Golder

Head of Innovation Talent and Skills, Innovate UK

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Sherry Coutu CBE

Author of the Scale-up Report and Executive Chair of Founders4Schools

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Ty Goddard

Co-Founder, The Education Foundation

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Claudia Harris

CEO, Careers Enterprise Company

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Charlotte Keenan

Executive Director, Goldman Sachs

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Kirstie Mackey

Head of LifeSkills, Barclays

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Jon Steinberg

Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google

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The purpose of the Talent and Skills Committee is to provide assessment and direction on the key needs and policy issues affecting talent and skills for scaleup businesses. This includes research, analysis and thought leadership as well as reviews of programmes that support scaleup businesses, in order to develop appropriate case studies and learnings. Where relevant, the committee will also undertake specific sector support and analysis.

The committee reviews on an annual basis the existing programmes as identified in the 2014 Scale-Up Report, and assesses new programmes to put forward to the Evidence committee. It reviews talent and skills policies in the UK and internationally.

Latest reports

The ScaleUp Institute is proud to engage with our partners in their production of the following reports.

11th March 2020

ScaleUp Female Founder Index 2020

12th November 2019

Annual ScaleUp Review 2019 Highlights

12th November 2019

The Scaleup Index 2019

Responses to consultations

The Scale-Up Institute works with policy makers to identify opportunities that will further support scaling businesses. It sets out the economic case and actions required to make Britain brilliant at scale-ups, and responds to calls for evidence and consultations.

UK Digital Strategy: request for submissions

Our response to the request for submissions from Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey MP. It is essential that the Government’s new Digital Strategy takes account of the needs of scale-up businesses