Scaleup Briefing Events

A series of events to bring the scaleup community together to share, learn and network by exposing good practice and discussing challenges. Themes have included raising investment, organisational culture and theory of scaling.

Scale up Briefings are organised by our regional Scale-up Enabler and Engine Shed Associate Director, Briony Phillips and are intended to help founders and supporting organisations to share great practice, learn from one another and to network together.

Employed by Engine Shed with some initial support from the West of England Growth Hub, Briony works to build a shared understanding of the challenges faced by scaling companies, to highlight what exists to respond to these challenges and identify where the gaps are. By working openly and collaboratively with colleagues across the public and private sector, we hope this work will support our mission to support our growing, inclusive and sustainable economy. Find out more:

Forthcoming events will be listed on the events page and shared via the Engine Shed newsletter, sign up here.

Past events

Mergers and Acquisitions – the inside story: 31st January 2019 This event will share expertise, stories and experiences around the theme of mergers and acquisitions – uniquely bringing to the stage both stories of success (and failure) and specialist advice from regional experts. Read the post event write up.

Keeping people happy: November 15th 2018 Culture and employee satisfaction are two key challenges for scale up founders. This event will invite founders to share their tips and tricks for success, and a panel of experts to explain how they can help founders succeed. Read the post event write up.

Scale up: from rhetoric to reality: March 2018 Dr Uday Phadke shared his expertise related to ‘The dynamics of the Scale-up Journey and the key Vectors which impact the trajectory, pace and likely success of Scale-up.’ We heard reflections on growth from Alastair Pettigrew from BOXARR.

Raising £1M or more: January 2018 At this event we sought answers to some key questions: Where can aspiring scale-ups find funding in the region of £1M +? What does best practice look like in this domain? What needs to change in the West of England to make raising investment easier in the future? How can we foster more altruism/philanthropic behaviour from our community of successful scale-up entrepreneurs (investment/mentoring)?

Room for Growth: November 2017 At this event we discussed the challenge of finding suitable ‘grow-on’ space as a scale-up business and explored aspects of affordability, availability and suitability as experienced by founders in the West of England.

Scale up Pow Wow: November 2017 At this event we considered a few key questions: What does a good scale-up ecosystem look like? Why are scale-ups suddenly in vogue? What challenges do scale-up businesses face here? And what does the West of England Scale-up ecosystem look like? And we spent time exploring initiatives that respond to the challenges that scale-up businesses face and working out how we can support them, or create our own.


CURRENT STATUS (Nov’19): We are keen that these events continue and this page will be updated when the new Director of Engine Shed takes over the reins in January 2020.