Supporting North East scaleups

July 18, 2019

RTC North has joined forces with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership to establish Scaleup North East – a package of support and advice for companies looking to grow

Scaleup North East offers businesses with the potential and ambition to scale, a bespoke package of support designed to break down the barriers to growth and drive businesses forward. The programme offers established companies coaching from business specialists who have a track record of scaling success.

As part of the programme, Land Digital founders Tom Volpe and Jon Leighton have been working with scaleup partner Angelina Bell.

Land Digital is a full-service digital agency that formed almost two years ago after the merger of two companies – one a design and build firm, the other a digital marketing agency.

Tom and Jon were keen to join the Scaleup North East programme because bringing together two businesses with very different customer bases and service offerings meant they needed strong processes, procedures and systems.

With a need to create a coherent service offering and be clear about their USP and target audience, they contacted Scaleup North East to access one- to-one business coaching, leadership development and specialist workshops to help them on their scaling journey.

Scaleup partner Angelina Bell met Jon and Tom to find out more and after an initial suitability meeting recognised they both had a great growth mindset, making them perfect for the programme. They then met monthly for a couple of hours for some in-depth meetings around leadership development and strategic planning.

Jon reflects: “I found the Scaleup North East programme to be well structured. It provided us with the foundations from which to be able to scale our business and I would recommend it to any business owner looking to grow and needing external support and guidance.

“Based on the support we have received, we have seen double-digit growth and plans are in place to increase our headcount by 30 per cent over the next 12 months.”

Scaleup North East is delivered by RTC North in partnership with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). It forms an integral part of the North East Growth Hub and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Local Growth Funding (LGF).

The multi-million-pound programme aims to contribute to the creation of 6000 new jobs and boost the number of scaleup businesses in the region by 50 per cent by 2024, with great progress already made towards achieving this.

The ScaleUp Institute recently revealed that the number of fast-growing ambitious businesses with leaders hungry for success is increasing across the North East, according to its latest research based on the most recent 2017 ONS data.

There are now 820 companies in the region that meet the definition of scaleup because they have increased turnover or employment by more than 20 per cent annually – that’s 17 per cent more than the North East had in 2014. North East scaleups are employing a total of 74,000 staff and their turnover is worth £9.5 billion.

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