By Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs

Operated from The Hunter Foundation’s Ayrshire HQ Blair Castle

Scale Up Core

Scale Up Core Programme

Fully endorsed by the Scale Up Institute in 2022, Scale up Scotland’s core programme is an 18-month cohort based experience aimed at highly ambitious entrepreneurs with the potential and desire to grow sales beyond £20-£30 million.

We offer a blend of experiential, business and peer to peer learning, taking entrepreneurs through the critical components of business scale up. Whilst the central theme across the 18 months is building leadership capability for scale; we also take a deep dive into the key drivers of scaling a business successfully.

Topics covered include: Business transformation, Strategic people planning, Leadership development, Effective Communication skills, Customer Insight, Operations management, Risk and Incident management, Fundraising, Internationalisation, Sales Negotiation, Building effective teams and Decision making.

This programme is results oriented, delivered and supported by leading entrepreneurs, expert business practitioners and facilitators. The undoubted benefits of strong peer-to-peer learning are embedded throughout.

Participants need to demonstrate continual development both of themselves and their organisation throughout the programme. The time commitment is ten residential one and a half day events and is operated from our base at Blair Estate

The programme is aimed at high potential firms headquartered in Scotland with a minimum turnover of £1m+, who can demonstrate strong year on year growth and an ambition to build a global business.

The programme is heavily subsidised by the Hunter Foundation with participants contributing a fee of £6k plus VAT.

[the fee includes accommodation and meals for the residential events at Blair estate]

Applications are currently closed.

Our programme is currently full. To pre- register your interest please email together with your full name, company name and company number.

We shall notify you when we are next open to applications. We expect this to be April 2024 for a September 2024 start.

Entry criteria

  • A limited company headquartered in Scotland
  • Current revenues of £1m +
  • Typically, 10 or more employees excluding founders
  • Potential and matching ambition to reach £20-30m revenues in next 5 years
  • Global potential & ambition
  • Proven track record of year on year growth
  • Growth mindset

Application Process

Our programme is currently full. To pre-register your interest please email together with your full name, company name and company number. We shall notify you when we are next open to application.

Scale Up Core

Our programme Scale Up Core is currently full. To pre-register fill in the form below.

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