Scale-up Hub

A one-stop-shop of key tools and research which will help your business flourish in the West of England.

Do you want to scale up your business? Download our Scale-up Ecosystem Infographic.

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Welcome to our Scale-up Hub

The Business West Scale-up Hub has been designed to help ambitious West of England businesses get easy access to the support they need to scale. That’s because we know that talented businesses will drive forward growth in the UK. 

The best thing about our Scale-up Hub is that it’s been designed based on the information received by scale-ups on what they need to succeed. It’s therefore been designed by you, for you.

How we can help:

  1. Supporting you to develop leadership skills, gain access to mentors and non-exec directors
  2. Helping you to access talent and kick start recruitment
  3. Supporting you to gain access to markets; local and international
  4. Helping you to find work space that suits your needs
  5. Supporting you to find business finance that suits your needs and situation

Want to talk to someone directly? Please call us on 01275 376 233 or email us scaleup@businesswest.co.uk. We also offer a one-to-one diagnostic where we'll come and meet you to run through your needs and point you in the right direction. 

In the meantime, have a play around with the resources on the hub and let us know what you think! 

Do you want to scale up your business?

Download our Scale-up Ecosystem Infographic to see all the elements you need to scale up your business.

Scale up Toolkit

A selection of useful business tools to provide insight into your business's performance and opportunities.

Tool

 Action

Dream Bigger

Use this quickfire tool that compares the relative size and performance of your business to others in the area/ sector to determine if you’re a Scale-up. 

Scale up Diagnostic

Is your business ready for rapid growth? Complete this FREE diagnostic tool to find out.

Finance options

Support your business growth and boost your sales & profits with a number of local finance programmes such as Funder Finder, Business Finance Finder, the South West Regional Loan Fund and Funding Circle.

Scale up Generator

Together with the Engine Shed, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and University of Bristol, Business West is proud to be involved with the Scale up Generator.

Launched in the Summer of 2018, the Engine Shed's Scale up Generator provides a window into the activity, community and opportunity that exists for fast-growth, scale up companies in the West of England.

Appointed as Scale up Enabler, Briony Philips, whose role was partially funded by Business West, has spent the past 12 months understanding the challenges faced by scale up companies, and encouraging the public and private sector to respond.

The Scale up Generator aims to:

  • Invigorate the investment ecosystem in the region and improve access to finance
  • Inspire founders and aspiring scale-ups
  • Invigorate and build the profile of the region as a home for successful scale up companies

Briony will continue her work championing and enabling scaling companies in the region with a focus on access to investment and leadership capacity, reflecting Engine Shed’s ongoing commitment to local economic growth.

Visit the website to view the Scale up Yearbook, which features information about the partners the Scale up Generator has worked with, maps of scale up support, and scale up companies and insights into the challenges of scaling up in the West of England.  

 

  • Feeling inspired?

    We have helped hundreds of businesses to grow and succeed, now it's your turn! Discover what support is available and start your business journey today.

  • Are you ready to scale up your business?

    We're awarding grant payments of £2,500 - £5,000 to ambitious West of England businesses looking to invest in business coaching.

  • Considering hiring a Non-Executive Director?

    Business West is currently offering grants of up to £5,000 to help cover the initial cost. 

  • What makes a good leader?

    Without a strong leader, or leadership team, a business can face a lack of motivation from its staff, low morale and even lost business. Business West can offer grants to help develop your company's leaders.

     

  • Small business workshops

    Whether you're starting a new business or need a boost to help you grow, our small business workshops can teach you the skills you need for success.

    From using social media effectively and running a successful crowdfunding campaign, to strategic market planning and business planning and finance, workshops are available to suit all your business needs.

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