An Evening of Entrepreneurship took place last week to celebrate the completion of the Coast to Capital Escalator Programme at the Ricardo Centenary Innovation Centre in Shoreham. The Programme helped Scale Up businesses achieve their potential through a series of facilitated peer to peer groups, which focused on addressing barriers to growth.

Members of the Escalator Programme and MDHUB met to hear about the success of the programme which included significant improvements in clarity of mind and confidence in scaling up. Throughout the Programme, members found that focusing on topics such as investing in workforce development and recruitment led to positive results including up to a 30% increase in profits.

 

The audience also heard from three outstanding speakers including Bruce Daisley – Vice President for Twitter in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Eric Partaker – Co-CEO of Chilango and High Performance Expert and Tamara Roberts - CEO of Ridgeview Wine who covered topics including positive culture in the workplace, tackling cash flow problems and competition with deep pockets.

 

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

 

“We are delighted that our Escalator Programme has helped local Scale Up businesses to achieve real and tangible change on a range of common themes including leadership, sales and marketing and planning for growth which has been facilitated by a number of local experts. We look forward to the working with partners on the next steps of the programme.”

 

Fiona Shafer, Managing Director at MDHUB said:

 

“We would like to thank all of the MD’s and CEO’s who engaged so wholeheartedly in this pilot programme of peer learning. Their honesty, enthusiasm and support for one another speaks volumes for their commitment and positivity to scaling up their businesses and the results have been clear to see in terms of increased sales, profitability and confidence to effectively lead their organisations. We were absolutely thrilled and very proud that a NPS score of 71 was reported back at the end of the programme.”

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