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  • To help meet the challenges of growing high-potential organisations, Oxford Brookes Business School has created a Scale Up Network to enhance and develop the leadership and management capacity of local organisations.

    Whilst other sources of support currently exist to address growth aspects such as access to finance and improving business operations, a key aspect to unlocking future potential is ensuring that limited management and leadership time to engage with a growing workforce is optimised for maximum impact.

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    What is the Scale Up Network?

    People and their behaviour have sometimes perplexed and always fascinated me. I started studying psychology at A-level but choose it simply because it interested me. The Brookes open day showed me a dynamic place with great opportunities from going abroad to expanding academically choosing modules outside of your subject. Oxford as a town is pretty good too.

    The Network is a small and selected group of successful and growing scale up leaders who come together to explore common constraint issues, co-create solutions and maximise the impact of potential improvements. They benefit from the knowledge and skills of Oxford Brookes Business School, combined with external, professional, facilitated support over the course of a year.

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  • Each Network has 8-10 business leaders who meet 8 times over the course of a year.

    A strong foundation session sets the tone for the Network, builds trust and helps participants get to know each other.

    Each session has two distinct elements. The first is where members co-develop solutions to common growth and transition issues. You get the opportunity to bring a live issue for you to a session and harness the thinking and insight of your peers

    In the second part of the session, we invite in an expert - either an experienced academic in Brookes or from a scale up leader - and have a discussion and questions around based around their area(s) of expertise. In the past this has ranged from leadership styles to capital investment strategies.

    Sessions are typically half a day long and in the morning. When you apply you have the opportunity to say which days (Monday-Saturday) would suit you best.

    The scale up leaders come from organisations that should:

    • Employ between 10 and 30 people and have growth potential ambitions
    • Be able to demonstrate growth potential within their current business model

    The Network is aimed primarily at Oxfordshire based organisations. These organisations also likely to be eligible for subsidised places from OXLEP and the ERDF (see Costs).

    Non Oxfordshire based businesses are welcome to apply: if there is sufficient interest we can run an outside Oxfordshire Network.

    £350 - eligible Oxfordshire based organisations

    £750 - other organisations

    OXLEP and the ERDF are providing subsidised places for eligible Oxfordshire based businesses.


    If you are successful we will let you know how to apply for the subsidy from OxLEP. We anticipate that the all or nearly all organisations who meet the criteria in ‘Who’s invited’ will be eligible.

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    If I can’t make a session, can someone else senior in my organisation substitute for me?

    The trust that builds within the group is an important part of its success.

    For that reason we don’t allow substitutions.

    What if one of my competitors is in the same Network?

    We run an application process for the Network to ensure that this won’t happen. Each Network group designed to ensure diversity with no two organisations working in the same sector as competitors being in the same Network.

    What other support is available to me as a growing business?

    Oxford Brookes is currently expanding it’s offer to scaling businesses. Please contact us if you would like further information or have an idea how we can work together to support you.

    You may also be interested in OxLEP’s ERDF funded programme, eScalate. This programme supports eligible growing businesses that have scale-up potential. If your business is working towards increasing market share, revenues, staff or has struggled with access to finance or needs investment readiness support, we can help through 12 hours of 1:1 support and some SMEs may also be eligible to apply for a match funded grant https://www.oxfordshirelep.com/escalate

    We'd love to talk to you. Due to current remote working arrangements please email us in the first instance via commercialservices@brookes.ac.uk
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