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Regional Scaleup Success Celebrated at Summit

Regional Scaleup Success Celebrated at Summit

The Scaleup Summit is taking place next month to shine a light on scaling companies in the region.


When published in 2016, the ScaleUp Institute’s review on economic growth report concluded that whilst we have ambitious scaleup leaders who want to scale to even further heights, these leaders continue to need help on talent, leadership and access to markets.


Meanwhile, finance and infrastructure remain an important complement to these needs, with specific actions required to address local disparities and to unlock further institutional investment.


We eagerly await the findings of the 2018 review and attendees at the Scaleup Summit will get a first look at the research during a presentation by Irene Graham, CEO, ScaleUp Institute, who will discuss progress and impact on the UK.


Irene will then lead a panel discussion including Colin Bell, Business Growth Director at the North East LEP, Joanna Berry, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship, Durham University Business School and Gillian Marshall, Chief Executive of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum.


The event will feature businesses that have been through the Scaleup North East programme with speakers including:


  • Stacey Rogers, Founder of Not Just a Print, a personalised gifts’ business that has grown in four years from a bedroom business with 30 core products to a brand with over 350 new products, including gifts to cover all occasions from new baby to 90th birthdays and beyond.


  • Angela Sterling, Managing Director and Founder of Lingotot, which aims to bring languages to children aged 0-11 using fun yet effective teaching based on sound research and experience. The business operates via a network of highly qualified franchisees, teaching over 12,000 children each week across the UK. Angela was recently won the Digital Award at the North East Business Awards, she is Regional Chair for EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising), the AFA (Approved Franchise Association) and you may have seen her on BBC’s Dragons’ Den!


  • Ross Tomkins, who is Managing Director of Therapy Direct and an experienced MSK physiotherapist and expert in workplace health and ergonomics. Ross started Therapy Direct Healthcare in 2006, became involved with remote medical services and virtual physiotherapy in 2014 and cofounded a unique Health & Fitness Retreat business, CF360 in 2017. He has a global focus and vision of improving health and wellbeing worldwide.


  • Christian Brock, Head of Commercial Services at hedgehog lab, a leading technology consultancy which is headquartered in Newcastle. In 2017, hedgehog lab was listed as one of Europe's fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine, being independently ranked #1 in Europe for Mobile App design and development. A key part of the leadership team, Chris has been instrumental in the company's growth over the past 12 months, with the company set to double its turnover in 2018 and positioning it as a mid-tier global consultancy.

There will be a keynote presentation from Dr Roy Stanley, Chairman of GroundSix, who has a wealth of experience in scaling businesses and raising investment. He founded The Tanfield Group as a private company in 1998 and was Chief Executive for a decade, overseeing its transition to AIM in December 2003. Roy has bought, owned and sold companies and is passionate about the North East and growing businesses.

“In only 9 months of the Scaleup North East programme, we’ve worked with over 150 inspiring scaling businesses, helping them to grow and take on new challenges. The Scaleup Summit is the first chance for our burgeoning scaleup community to come together, share their successes and inspire other ambitious companies to join the programme and scaleup.” Jason Legget, Programme Director, Scaleup North East.

The Scaleup Summit is a Scaleup North East initiative, led by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and delivered by RTC North with the aim of creating and sustaining more scaleup businesses in the North East economy.


Scaleup North East has worked with over 150 regional businesses since launching in January 2018 and has a team of five Scaleup Partners with a vast range of Scaleup expertise across sectors.  It is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Oct 29, 2018

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Scaleup North East works with businesses that can demonstrate both the hunger and potential to achieve high levels of growth. Whilst we can’t achieve growth for you, we will do everything in our power to help.

The support we give is led by the needs of your business, it’s not a blanket approach where one size fits all. Our commitment to you is to get behind your business, investing time, energy and resources to help you become the best that you can be.


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