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685 Thames Valley Berkshire Companies Gain ScaleUp Recognition

685 Thames Valley Berkshire Companies Gain ScaleUp Recognition

The number of fast-growing ambitious businesses with leaders hungry for success is increasing across Thames Valley Berkshire – new insights from the ScaleUp Institute reveal.

There are now 685 companies in the sub region that meet the definition of scaleup because they have increased turnover or employment by more than 20% annually. Scaleups in the Thames Valley Berkshire area are employing a total of 82,000 staff and their turnover is worth £25.9 billion. This is according to new research by the ScaleUp Institute based on the latest 2017 ONS data.

In the area, the top five scaleups by employment growth are Hala Limited, Archway Services, Anesco, Jake's Playbarn and AlertMe, while the top five for turnover growth are Displaydata, AlertMe, ESP, Neilson Financial Services and Teneo.

Across the UK there are over 36,000 scaleups, an increase of 3.7% from 2016.

ScaleUp Institute Chief Executive Irene Graham said: “Scaleups are the engine drivers of local economies; they are twice as innovative as large firms, employ twice as many apprentices, are twice as likely to be operating in international markets, and, significantly, they create high quality jobs.

"Their aspirations remain high. According to our recent ScaleUp survey eight out of ten expect to scale again in 2019, generating £1.5 billion more in turnover and creating an extra 7,000 jobs.

While they are ambitious about their growth, scaleups continue to face major challenges. In Thames Valley Berkshire they particularly highlight access to talent, access to UK markets, access to external support and advice and access to infrastructure as key issues. They also want easier access to support from Local Government, local professional services and peer-to-peer networks.

Within Thames Valley Berkshire support through the ScaleUp Berkshire Programme, run through the Berkshire Business Growth Hub, is focused on a cohort of leaders of ambitious SME scale-up businesses with an annual turnover of over £1million and 20% year-on-year growth. ScaleUp Berkshire provides account management services to these scale-ups helping them to easily access specialist scale-up support and a peer-to-peer network that provides an exclusive forum for scale-up founders to share ideas, learn what works and build mutually beneficial relationships with other leaders.

“This is encouraging, and we will continue to monitor the impact of the ScaleUp Berkshire Programme," said Irene Graham.

Robin Barnes, Director and Enterprise Lead for the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP adds, “The LEP is focused on ensuring that the sub region supports business growth. The new ScaleUp Berkshire Programme seeks to address the barriers faced by scale-ups by providing expert guidance and assistance to shine a light on the scale-up community and support them to the next level of growth.”


Note to editors

1. The ScaleUp Insight Report is available here: http://www.scaleupinstitute.org.uk/research/the-scaleup-landscape/

2. A summary of the local scaleup initiatives is available in Annex 1 of our annual review, available here: http://www.scaleupinstitute.org.uk/scaleup-review-2018/ The region has been highlighted by the ScaleUp Institute as an exemplar in Chapter 3 of the review.

3. About the Scale Up Institute. The ScaleUp Institute is a private sector led, not-for-profit organisation focused on collaborating with policy makers, corporates, finance players, educators and Government at a local and national level. Our mission is to help the UK to become the best place in the world to grow a business as well as start one, and enable our existing high growth businesses to ‘scale up’ even further. The Institute was founded in 2015 to help the UK improve its record in scaling companies which lags behind its major competitors after evidence showed that a one per cent boost to the UK scaleup population would boost the economy by hundreds of billions. The 2018 ScaleUp Review is available here: http://www.scaleupinstitute.org.uk/scaleup-review-2018/

4. National ONS data. Scaleup businesses are defined as companies who have increased their turnover and/or employee numbers annually by more than 20 per cent over a three-year period. Nationally, the latest 2017 data from ONS shows that there are 36,510 of these businesses which is an increase of 3.7 per cent overall. The national number of scaleup companies has increased by more than one-third over the past five years. There are 35% more scaleups than in 2013, compared to GDP growth over the same period of just 9%. Scaleups generate more than £1.3trn in combined turnover. This is up 34% on 2016, and compares to a turnover of £1.9trn by all SMEs combined. They employ approximately 3.4m people across all sectors and areas of the UK economy.

5. The top five scaleups by turnover and employment growth are drawn from companies with annual turnover greater than £10.2m - the threshold for filing full accounts at Companies House

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