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Coast to Capital LEP Escalator Programme: Do you meet the criteria?

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Area Leader Geoff Williamson represented FSB in Horsham at the Coast to Capital LEP Escalator Programme Launch.

Early in 2019 the Coast to Capital LEP (C2C LEP) will commence their six month pilot for their Escalator programme for scaling businesses.

This pilot programme will inform future business support activity as part of their strategic economic plan and the future development of the local industrial strategy. They are keen to prove the success of this pilot so that they can continue with this programme of scale-up support in the future. 

C2C LEP know they have to deliver a programme of the highest quality and are therefore providing the opportunities to organisations with the knowledge and experience to tender to deliver a professional programme using expert facilitators.  These facilitators will provide participants with insights, strategies and leadership development required to achieve better results – be that in terms of turnover, employee growth or productivity improvements.

The purpose of the programme is to provide a mechanism for scale up businesses to unlock further growth. By doing so the scale ups will further their economic contribution to the Coast to Capital area and deliver on the strategic priorities identified by the C2C LEP Strategic Economic Plan.

The programme consists of 4 cohorts of 10 scale-up business leaders, meeting once a month for 6 months with the session facilitated by a professional facilitator. The content of the meetings will be decided by the cohort members themselves as they will know the important issues they want to discuss.  The facilitators will bring in specific expertise as required over the 6 months. We are looking for tangible impacts from these sessions that can be celebrated by the cohorts and communicated more widely across the Coast to Capital area. At the end of the 6 month pilot we will invite participants to join our Escalator Alumni group.

Ideally they are looking for enterprises with average annual growth in employees or turnover greater than 20 per cent per annum over a three year period, and with more than 10 employees at the beginning of the period. 

However, they know that there are scale-ups out there that that do not quite fit that scale up definition and so we will also consider those that have the greatest growth potential and have the leadership with the desire to achieve scale up growth in the short term. 

These owners exhibit a “can do” attitude with a real appetite to learn. They will be enthusiastic for this type of support and ready to share success stories.