In 2017 it became clear to Ken Whipp, Chief Learning Officer of the Scottish Edge & The Hunter Foundation that the resources out there for businesses looking to scale-up were lacking. In fact, there were a number of options for those in the early stages of a start-up, but companies looking to scale their business were struggling to take it further.
Scale Up Scotland launched in 2018 and is a not-for-profit organisation focused on helping businesses with high growth potential transition from startup to scaleup. Scale Up Scotland provides entrepreneurs and business leaders with resources and the opportunity to connect with peers for support creating a community of like-minded organisations.
With the pandemic having a huge impact on the way ScaleUp Scotland operates, Covid has acted as a catalyst in the development of their digital platform.
We helped ScaleUp Scotland build a digital platform streamlining their support methods and providing an online space for peer-to-peer discussion accessed by business leaders across Scotland and beyond.
Over the years I have been involved in project management of a broad range of strategic initiatives, and I have learnt that the underlying success of a project comes down to the people. The whole team needs to have shared goals and vision, mutual respect, transparency and a desire to provide their best work.. That is exactly what I’ve seen throughout the experience with GearedApp.
The Scale Up platform provides insights, guidance, and tools to help business leaders navigate their way through the challenges they face running a scaling organisation. Users can delve into a range of video content on any topic, from snippets of information to full modules on specific topic areas. Flexibility is key to providing the right learning and support at the right time.
A key aspect of the platform is its accessibility to all. Although it is targeted to businesses in Scotland, it is free and available to everyone. By developing a digital platform those further afield than the central belt can access the support available to them.
Our discussion forums allow users to engage with fellow participants and build their network of like minded peers. Users can share questions with the entire network, respond, comment and “clap” their favourite responses.
The Scale Up Scotland digital platform has recently been launched and is in its growth stage. Feedback has been hugely positive in terms of design, and users of the platform doubled within two days of Scale Up Scotland’s PR campaign. The platform hopes to be the first port of call for those scaling up, serving not just the central belt of Scotland but those in remote communities.
Using collaboration, transparency and flexibility, the Scale Up Scotland platform is a means of providing support to business leaders across Scotland. The platform is helping to encourage growth, turnover, investment and job creation in businesses scaling up.
Let’s work together to identify the problems you’re looking to solve, and what solutions are possible within your paramaters.