It's a long road but, it's worth it
Last week E2E took its ScaleUp2Success series event to Edinburgh and what an incredible evening it was. The key discussion was around getting Scottish scale-ups to start scaling, among other business topics. “It was wonderful to have had the opportunity to showcase some of UK’s inspirational entrepreneurs and business leaders who are in support of E2E and its mission”, says Shalini Khemka. From E2E, the team and the board, we formally say thank you to you all.
The evening was chaired by Russell Dalgleish who started off by giving the description of a scale-up, as a business with at least five or more employees, achieving an average annual growth rate of 20% or more for three years straight (according to the Scale Up Institute). Joining Russell on the panel was Jim McColl OBE, Peter Proud and Alison Cooper. Jim McColl OBE, CEO and Chairman of Clyde Blowers Capital shared insights on his new bank venture positioned to support SMEs. Jim said: “There’s nothing to hold us back from growing globally… We all have strengths and weaknesses. Let’s play to the strengths.”
Overall, there was some great inspiration and insights into what it takes to scale up. Peter Proud, Founder and CEO, Cortex Worldwide, added by saying, “It takes as long to walk a small dog as a big dog. Go for the big deals! Aim high and don’t give up.”
Next stop for E2E’s #Scaleup2Success series is Manchester - the home of invention and innovation. According to Scaleup Institute, Manchester has:
Due to popular demand E2E are returning to Manchester to pursue its mission by supporting scale-ups.
E2E will provide:
Connectivity and relationship building for entrepreneurs through meeting and interacting with like-minded people.
Financing - access to financial advice together with facilitated access and provision to debt and equity finance.
Access to skills infrastructure - the referral network connects to specialist support as well as leadership and management development.
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Shalini Khemka, Founder and CEO, E2E said, “ScaleUp2Success was launched with the initiative to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet and connect with a like-minded community. Our vision is to enable extraordinary entrepreneurship, by offering a platform where entrepreneurs can connect to the right people, finance, and services to give their enterprise the best chance of success.”
Manchester is full of start-ups and scale-ups - Let’s give them some support.
By Kundai Sasha Masunda, June 2019
Click here to find out more about the event and register.