ScaleUp 2016
£49 – £75
ScaleUp 2016

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Aston University Business School


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An event helping businesses move to the next stage of growth

The independent Scale-Up Report on UK Economic Growth 2014 identified five key barriers that businesses must conquer if they are going to achieve their growth ambitions. Together with ICAEW and Scale Up Institute, Enterprise Nation will deliver this one day event that will help you as a business overcome these barriers:

  • Finding employees to hire who have the skills your business needs
  • Building your leadership capability
  • Accessing customers in other markets/home market
  • Accessing the right combination of finance
  • Navigating infrastructure

ScaleUp 2016 will hear from entrepreneurs like Tim Robinson, the man who drove the exponential growth of delivery solution Doddle; Jim Cregan, the charismatic force behind Jimmy’s Iced Coffee; Simply Business managing director, Jason Stockwood who runs The Sunday Times Best Company to Work For and founder of, Michael Bruce, who will tell the story of starting and growing one of the UK's most successful online estate agencies.

There will also be a chance to hear from Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones MBE, the government’s SME crown representative.

Join us in Birmingham on 3 November to hear from top notch entrepreneurs and proven experts. 

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The line up:

09.30am: Registration

10.00am: Welcome from Enterprise Nation and ICAEW

10.10am: The search for love, happiness and purpose in a world of technology and data
Jason Stockwood, CEO, Simply Business 

The acceleration of technological advancements and the proliferation of data science is heralding a new era of insight and productivity gains. For some businesses, those gains go straight into the pockets of shareholders with no consideration of the broader impact for society, but, Jason Stockwood wants to propose something different. We have the potential to usher in a new era of human flourishing and abundance delivered with the help of technology.

Jason wants to see a system in which this step up in ROI is used to make the world a better place for the many, not just the few. This involves the application of ‘emotional intelligence’ across business and injecting a human element into new tech and data science. Jason will discuss his ideas, and give examples of how Simply Business is focused on being the ‘Best Place To Work’ in the UK through the application of this thinking.

10.40am: What I learned from scaling one business and how it's helping me build the next
James Eder, founder, and founder of Causr

James Eder was a student at the University of Birmingham when he came up with the idea for his business, marketing offers and promotions to fellow students. Setting up with his brother in the height of the dot com boom, James and Michael went on to build They are true proof that there’s money to be made in selling to students. James has now gone on to launch a brand new business to help businesses never miss an opportunity, it's called Causr. James will be sharing what he learned when building StudentBeans and how that's helped him with his new business.

11.30am: Coffee

12.00pm: Achieving 1,217% growth in a year; it’s a Doddle!
Tim Robinson, chief executive, Doddle

Founded in the autumn of 2014 by Tim Robinson, the parcel collect and send service Doddle has done rather well so far. Over its 2015 peak trading period (the run-up to Christmas), it saw 1,217% growth from a year earlier. Across its 45 stores, a parcel was picked up every four seconds during its busiest trading hours. Between October and January the number of MyDoddle members grew from 85,000 to 130,000. Tim will sharing his story of growth. 

12.30pm: Show me the money!

Access to finance can be a route to growth. Hear from a panel of funders and national accounting firm, Macintyre Hudson, to explore your options and have your funding questions answered.  

On the panel will be:  

1.00pm: Lunch 

2.00pm: Building a business, one purple brick at a time
Michael Bruce, co-founder,

With a 445% increase in revenue, 120 employees and growing, Purplebricks has taken the property market by storm. Founded by brothers Michael and Kenny Bruce in 2014, who both have an extensive background in the property industry, the site enables users to book a property expert to come to their home, put their house on the market within 45 minutes, book property viewings instantly, agree offers and more.

In August 2016, Purplebricks launched down under in Australia. On home turf, it aims to be the number one choice within the next five years for those selling their property. Hear from Michael on how his team have built this business one brick at a time.

2.30pm: Go Global: take your business to the world

There is no better time to be exploring new trade opportunnities. Hear from an expert panel on how you can expand your business to other regions of the world.

Panel with:

• Amee Chande, UK managing director, Alibaba Group

• International trade adviser

3.00pm: Building a brand in 2016
Jim Cregan, co-founder, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee

Famous for barging into a buyers meeting at Whole Foods to get their product stocked, Jim Cregan and his sister Susie now sell over 400 cartons of their iced coffee per hour in UK supermarkets. It all began in 2011, when Jimmy returned from a trip to Australia with a taste for cold coffee and yearning to become his own boss. Since then Jimmy has built a national brand, on a budget and has involved his community from the word go. He'll be telling you just how he did it. 

4.00pm: Event close

This event is powered by Enterprise Nation and ICAEW.

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

About Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is a small business network and business support provider with more 70,000 members. Its aim is to help people turn their good ideas into great businesses – through expert advice, events, acceleration, networking and inspiring books. 

Please note, in the event you are unable to attend this event due to cancellation from yourself or Enterprise Nation, we are unable to refund any associated costs such as hotel or travel.

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