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New Online Portal to Take Businesses to the Next Level

New Anglia Growth Hub has launched an online membership portal to help businesses scale up faster with specialist support. This follows the start of the Scale Up New Anglia Programme by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership delivered through the Growth Hub in February this year.

The programme will run over three years with a stated aim to help ‘Silver’ companies in the two counties – companies with a propensity to grow. They occupy a sweet spot between ‘Bronze’ (Start Ups) and ‘Gold’ (Scale Ups), defined as growing in terms of turnover or FTEs at 20% per annum or more, over a three-year period.

The website has been launched to engage with and provide ongoing support to potential high growth businesses and to create a community of like-minded peers, and industry and topic experts.

Programme members will gain exclusive access to expert business analysis, a resource packed knowledge bank, information on special workshops and courses, as well as real world insights and knowledge through peer-to-peer learning.

Dr Morgan Potter, High Growth Manager at New Anglia Growth Hub, said: “Our new members’ portal and website will provide a focus for scale up information. It will include videos and presentations, company success stories and useful interventions from key growth support organisations such as Invest East, Goldman Sachs, Innovate 2 Succeed and Tech Nation. Our support is fully funded and independent expert advisers are on hand to visit and guide you; all we ask is to register on the portal provided.

Dr Morgan Potter, presenting at a recent Scale Up event

“As part of the programme, we will provide training and focus groups, helping to create a community across both Norfolk and Suffolk, which will support all potential high growth companies and help them to achieve the next level in terms of performance. We can really help tip the scales for businesses to reach high growth.”

Criteria to join:

• Operating for a minimum of three years
• 5-150 employees
• Turnover £250,000 or more in last financial year
• Primary owner/ primary decision-maker in the business.

Chris Pont, one of the founders and CEO of IJYI, said: “I’m excited at the prospect of being accepted onto these programmes as they have both shown massive benefits to their alumni’s organisations and has provided them with a greater level of rigour and understanding whilst scaling up.”

Advocate for the Scale Up Programme, Justin Nevison-Grainger, Director at Conatus Financing Solutions Ltd, said: “It’s been a privilege to be a speaker and contributor at the superb Scale Up New Anglia High Growth programme events. The entrepreneurs involved are often the unsung heroes of business; the economies and employees of Suffolk, Norfolk and beyond. If I can help in some small way; all the better. Also, everyone involved picks up learning and inspiration and for that, I am grateful too.”

To register for the Scale Up Programme, visit www.scaleupnewanglia.co.uk or for more information, please call the New Anglia Growth Hub on 0300 333 6536.