scale up programme

Whether it’s mentoring, access to finance, IT systems or premises - there are many things to consider when you are looking at taking the next step in your business growth.

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Scale-up programmes can make a massive impact on business growth and job creation across all sectors of the economy, not just high-tech firms. The ScaleUp Institute's (SUI) Annual Review 2018 (powered by ONS data) identified that there are currently around 400 scale-up businesses in Dorset. In addition, there are many more that are high-growth businesses on the cusp of scaling-up.

The SUI's Annual Review 2018 also identified a range of key factors that can help these types of businesses thrive. They include:

  • space to grow
  • end-to-end support
  • access to finance
  • strong peer networks.

Detailed below is information about the range of support that is on offer locally to help support scale-up businesses and high-growth SMEs:

Business Continuity Institute 

Access the latest thinking in business continuity and resilience. From in-depth, sector-by-sector analysis and opinion to case studies, reports and webinars.

Expenses and benefits: employee liabilities and indemnity insurance

Government resource for employee liabilities and indemnity insurance.

Health and Safety

This site is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law.

Business calculator – Compare your business to others in Great Britain

This is an interactive tool which aids businesses to calculate their productivity and compare their performance to other businesses in Great Britain

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

EEN brings together 600 network partner organisations, in more than 60 countries to help business and organisations.  EEN is funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK and provides a fully funded advice and support programme. EEN is a platform to form links to potential European and international stakeholders, partners and/or collaborators whether that be for funding, technology, knowledge transfer or to explore commercial and/or reciprocal opportunities. 

There is support available to organisations seeking advice on the competitive funding opportunities and assistance in identifying research and development grants that businesses may be eligible for, in addition to providing critique and feedback on funding applications prior to submission. When seeking  project partners for collaborative R&D funding bids, there is also assistance via EEN and this sometimes involves the UK's national contact points for specialist insight.

Programmes supported include Innovate UK and collaborative European opportunities such as Horizon 2020, including SME Instrument and Eurostars.  

For further information contact: eensw@businesswest.co.uk