The Hunter Foundation launches digital scale up Scotland programme to support the economy

The Hunter Foundation has launched a new digital scale up Scotland programme to support unlocking the economy.

The online programme will give Scottish entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from business leaders, aiming to support businesses as they navigate the complexities that come with the scale up journey.

Complementing the existing in-person Scale Up Scotland programme, the new digital offering means more Scottish business leaders can benefit from the exceptional resources available, while still collaborating and accessing peer-support through the online forums.

Delivered by The Hunter Foundation, the digital offering further supports the findings of a report published by Oxford Economics which indicated radical change was needed to significantly boost Scotland’s economic growth, including fostering more scale-ups.

The programme will provide entrepreneurs with the chance to access learning modules on all elements of business, from value proposition, to culture, through to direct to consumer (DTC) strategy and business models.

Each module has been created by either a successful business leader who has mastered this area of business and can not only share their expertise, but also their learnings, or an academic with a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

Completely free of charge, Scale Up Scotland Digital also offers entrepreneurs the chance to learn from their peers. While the entrepreneurial journey can often be seen as a lonely one, this programme aims to break down these barriers and encourage Scottish business owners to learn from each other and share successes and failure, in a bid to grow Scotland’s economy.

Business leaders who have contributed their knowledge and experiences include: Andrew Veitch, CEO of Machine Labs; Gavin Quirk, Head of Fulfilment Operations Global Creative Production at Netflix; Chris Wilson, Partner at Opto Advisory; Gordon Cooper, founder and CEO of VisionWare; and Helen Potter, co-founder of Eureka!Europe. More will be added over time as the platform grows organically in response to entrepreneurial need.

Academics including Professor Ignacio Canales, Chair in Strategic Management at the University of Aberdeen Business School, and high-profile business advisors such as Bob Keiller CBE, will also be lending their expertise to the Scale Up Scotland Digital programme. In addition, through collaboration with the Scottish Universities Scale Up Consortium, participants will gain access to the consortium’s E Squared programme.

Sir Tom Hunter, founder of The Hunter Foundation, said: “Scotland has a wealth of entrepreneurial talent, as is evident in the country’s business success stories over recent years. However, it’s not just important to help entrepreneurs start their business, it’s vital to give them the tools they need to grow it.

“Start-ups are good but scale-ups are what move the economic dial and move it must for Scotland’s future. If you’re going to grow a big business, you can’t do it yourself. You need to learn from the people around you, from those who have gone before you and from those who have failed and pivoted. Scale Up Scotland Digital, delivered by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, will not only provide business owners with the opportunity to learn from leaders in their field who have done this, it will also give them the chance to speak to other entrepreneurs going through similar challenges and share learnings.

“An inclusive programme, we hope that participants will not only see their business grow as a result but that they’ll also support other entrepreneurs to scale and build a strong network of valuable contacts which will help them in the years to come. The programme aims to support people to scale quicker, with less risk, and in turn support the growth of Scotland’s economy.”

Delivered by The Hunter Foundation, Scale Up Scotland Digital was part-funded by the Scottish Government via Scottish Enterprise.

Linda Hanna, interim chief executive, Scottish Enterprise, added: “The Hunter Foundation deserves huge credit for identifying the changing ways in which entrepreneurs share experiences and ideas, and for creating a comprehensive package of support that’s fit for the digital age.

“Scottish Enterprise was delighted to help accelerate the development of the programme. We share the Hunter Foundation’s aim of encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship, recognising the innovators of today as the job creators of the future.”

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