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ScaleUp Focus is the one-stop solution for founders and investors seeking help to build a scalable and successful business.  Our workshops have been designed to help you plan and execute, secure investment, develop your team, hit your goals and achieve your dreams.

The complexity of managing a business has risen dramatically in 2020 to an all-time high with no likelihood of the complexity reducing in the future.

With these additional demands on founders comes the need to think, plan and execute in a clear and focused manner.  You may be starting your flight, or well on the way to your destination, whatever stage you are at, we can help you identify and address the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead and make the most of your time, investment and effort.  

We have been working with founders and investors for over 20 years.  We know how you think and the challenges that you face in your business and personal lives.  We can help you identify and resolve the issues holding you back; enabling you to grow and achieve your goals. 

The events of 2020 have made today’s business world more complex and less certain than ever and there is sure to be more change ahead.  Now, more than ever, you need to adopt a more strategic view of your business in order to survive, drive forward and thrive in the new business environment.

The vision, culture, strategy and plans that you have may well be threatened by recent events.  You need to review your business to ensure that you are ready to move forward to retain and attract great employees, loyal customers and supportive investors.

From market size to customer behaviours, the fundamentals of your business have irreversibly changed.  How you operate: supply chains, the health and safety of your team, ways of working and financial viability have all been impacted.  Irrespective of your sector, size, or financial strength, your challenge is to embrace this change and manage your business for the benefit of all stakeholders. 

Have no doubt, no company is protected from this change.   While for many the challenge is about surviving until a “new normal” is established, for others, there is an opportunity for unplanned growth. 

ScaleUp Focus is all about making the lives of business owners more focused and more rewarding.  Our series of eight discrete workshops is designed to help you focus on the important things in your business and in your life.   They help you to effectively plan for change and to take action to ensure the best possible outcomes.

We look forward to working with you and sharing your flight, so please get in contact.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to help founders achieve their dreams by surviving, driving and thriving.  Our scope is not limited to your business, but also what you want to accomplish in your life. 

Just as essential is the purpose that drives you and your business to help your clients achieve their dreams.  Our aspiration is that with our support, know-how and resources your business will be a force for innovation, progress and good.

Your Flight

When the number of employees in a business grows, from 10 to 20 or 50 to 150, the company changes beyond all recognition. Informal management processes are quickly tested to their limits and outgrown.  Management know-how and the knowledge of technical specialists will be stretched, challenged and found wanting. 

With growth comes the need for specialist management skills in all areas of the business: operations, finance, HR, sales, marketing.  The growth of the company will also present different requirements for capital, organisational structure and governance.

The team also needs to grow and adapt to this change, which can be relentless and leave no time for reflection.  The team will experience ‘growing pains’ as they learn to adjust to new challenges and responsibilities. 

We believe that central to a successful flight is being able to maximise the potential of the opportunities that arise and the resources, both human and capital, which are available.

We look forward to working with you and sharing your flight; so please get in contact.

SCALEUP READINESS

It’s important to take time out at regular intervals to discuss what is happening in your business.  To identify and address the challenges you might be facing such as: growth, culture, effective management, team building or financial performance.  It is also important to plan for improving the performance of your business in line with your personal and business ambitions. 

If you’re keen to improve your business performance and financial results and feel that you are not currently being properly supported, please contact us to arrange a free of charge ScaleUp Readiness Workshop.

We recommend that you arrange your ScaleUp Readiness Workshop as soon as possible in order to identify immediate strategies to improve your personal and business performance.  We will identify the right workshops to meet your identified requirements.  Our workshops have been built to provide guidance and support to the founders of high-growth businesses.  

The ScaleUp Readiness Workshop is a no-fee, no-obligation, workshop available to founders and key decision-makers in potential and current clients.   After the workshop, we will prepare a proposal for our services, including our fee for any proposed work.

Investment Readiness

Capital starvation is a significant reason why growing companies fail.  At some stage during your flight, you will want to secure external investment. Raising investment is time-consuming, think 6 to 12 months of focused work, often with nothing to show for it. 

Building your business plans, financial projections, people strategy and investment pitch all take time, effort and specialist skills.  Identifying and approaching the right investors, pitching to them, addressing all their questions – let alone closing the deal all take yet more time!  Time when you could be developing your product, building sales, or improving customer experience. 

 

 

Before you invest your time and effort in a funding round, you want to know if your business is attractive to investors, in other words, its investability rating.

ScaleUp Focus uses an independent online assessment to provide a review of your business from an investor’s perspective.  The assessment includes a COVID-19 rating that takes into account market conditions resulting from the current Coronavirus pandemic.  Invest just 15 minutes of your time now and get a detailed assessment report divided into four categories that cover:

 

All you have to do is complete a short on-boarding questionnaire and upload your company presentation and financial model.  We will arrange a free 45-minute Investment Readiness Meeting to review your report.  During our meeting we will discuss how ScaleUp Focus can help you to address any weaknesses identified and work with you to secure the investment you need to build your business.

Funding quarter

Congratulations.  You have put in all the long days and hard work and your business is investment-ready  Unfortunately, with less than 1% of all fundraising rounds successfully closing, your hard work doesn’t stop here.

Founders find it difficult to secure investment. The funding journey is hard graft, with hurdles and a lengthy timeline to secure the investment you need. This can have a significant knock-on effect on your ability to penetrate your market, attract a talented team, stay ahead of your competitors and smash your business plan.

The specialist advisers we have brought together in the Funding Quarter understand the funding scene and investor’s and lender’s financial requirements.  They can help to guide you through the processes and complexities involved in the capital raising journey.  The Funding Quarter can help you:

They will help you get into the best possible shape to maximise your fundraising success and work with you right the way through your fundraising to banking the money.

We look forward to working with you and sharing your flight; so please get in contact.

Takeoff Checklist

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If you are serious about going for growth and appreciate that you need help planning and building the next stage of your flight, then please get in contact.

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