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Engine Shed Scale Up Month brings focus to fast growth businesses

Published on November 8, 2018
  • Scale Up Month at Engine Shed will offer support to scaling businesses through a range of events and online resources
  • Engine Shed will build on its work supporting fast growth companies to highlight the West of England as the best place in the UK to scale your business
  • A Scale Up Briefing event, Keeping People Happy, will bring companies from all sectors together to share their experiences and insights

Engine Shed is proud to be hosting Scale Up Month, four weeks of events and resources supporting fast growth companies in the region, building on its on-going work to make the West of England the best place in the UK to start and grow a business.

On Thursday 15th November, Engine Shed will host Keeping People Happy, one in a series of Scale Up Briefings looking at how fast growth businesses can scale their culture as well as their company. The event will include lightning talks from Pukka Herbs, Ultrahaptics, and Mr B & Friends on how companies across different sectors approach scale up culture. There will also be a Q&A with Gabby Shaw of ADLIB, and Natasha McKenzie of Estrella Green, on helping scaling companies to build growing teams with company culture in mind. Register for free here.

On Tuesday 13th November, Engine Shed Associate Director, and former West of England Scale Up Enabler, Briony Phillips, is taking part in a panel discussion at the Scale Up Institute’s Scale Up Annual Review 2018, with more information to be released nearer the time. Speaking of Scale Up Month, she said:

“Bristol and Bath are widely recognised as great places to start a business and this work will make sure that they are ideal places to grow and scale companies too. With an estimated 750 businesses growing at 20% or more year on year, it’s imperative that we, the West of England, understand the challenges they face and work to resolve and overcome them. Engine Shed’s work with the West of England Growth Hub and particularly the Scale up Month puts our efforts on the map and helps ensure that businesses in all sectors know where they can find support – via my work as the Scale up Enabler.”

TechSPARK partnered with Engine Shed to create three scale up case studies for the Scale Up Generator, which look at the journeys of Zeetta Networks, Mayden Academy, and Disrupt Sports’ as they scaled.

Also on offer during Scale Up Month is a free ‘Top Tips for Angel Investors’ session, which will look at the best strategies to deploy when investing in start-ups, as well as plenty of blogs and updates from the Engine Shed team, and the regular Investor-in-Residence and Property Adviser-in-Residence services, which are open to all entrepreneurs in the region.

In September, Engine Shed launched the Scale Up Generator, in partnership with Growth Hub, to provide companies with the resources they need to navigate the region’s scale up ecosystem. One element of this is the Growth Map, which details over 50 organisations identified as the most beneficial for scaling businesses in the South West. The Growth Map has an accompanying Augmented Reality (AR) app, which when held over the physical map can help users to explore more information about the companies and discover how connected and collaborative they are. Download the app here.

Engine Shed is dedicated to supporting scaling businesses, and frequently hosts events and projects aimed at supporting companies in a period of rapid growth. Look out for more news and events for scale ups, and how you can get involved, on the Engine Shed website, or to get Scale Up Month updates straight to your inbox, subscribe to the Engine Shed newsletter here.