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Scale up your business

UpScaler is a programme of specific, tailored high-growth business support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the D2N2 area that are growing rapidly or have the potential to do so.

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About UpScaler

If your company is growing at a pace that is hard to manage, then UpScaler could be the ideal solution.

The project is an exclusive, invitation-only scheme for established successful businesses that are scaling up; have the potential to scale; or are ambitious to grow with a proven market and management team in place. Through the UpScaler project, selected businesses will have access to free or heavily subsidised and co-ordinated range of business support, including an intense diagnostic, leadership and management development workshops and access to a part-funded grant scheme.

The UpScaler project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund to support eligible SMEs in the D2N2 region.

Advantages to your business

UpScaler will provide a flexible combination of the following support  activities, tailored to your specific needs and growth requirements:

  • A detailed diagnostic of your individual scale-up challenges and opportunities, with recommendations for how UpScaler can best support your business
  • Access to an exclusive UpScaler Forum – so that you can learn from others
  • Leadership and management development programmes to enhance your skills as a leader
  • Workshops focusing on topical themes such as sales and marketing, access to finance and innovation
  • A grant towards the cost of high quality coaching to help you identify and achieve your growth goals or
  • A grant towards the cost of recruiting a recent graduate to support your future talent needs

With this wide array of activities, diverse range of organisations and the exclusive group of participating businesses, UpScaler aims to create an active and dynamic support community that will help develop both the individual businesses and support the Scale-Up Community and help the D2N2 economy to grow.

Is your business eligible?

D2N2 UpScaler is an exclusive programme and is only available to a limited number of small and medium enterprises in the three following categories of high-growth business:

  • ScaleUp business

    • at least 10 employees
    • turnover of £1-15million
    • annual growth of over 20% in last 3 years

  • Potential ScaleUp business

    • at least 10 employees
    • turnover of £1-15million
    • annual growth of either
      • over 10% for the last 3 years or
      • over 20% for the last 2 years

  • Ambitious business

    Can demonstrate potential to scale up with partial ScaleUp characteristics.

    For example, the company is the right size but is not growing due to lack of help.

Who is Delivering the D2N2 Growth Hub ScaleUp Project

UpScaler is a delivery partnership between :

The delivery partnership combines academic excellence in leading-edge business thinking and  dynamic business communication and networking, to build an established presence across the D2N2 region. UpScaler will provide the valuable, practical and effective support that high growth and scaling businesses need and want.

UpScaler case studies

To find out more about the businesses we've supported through UpScaler, you can view our case study brochure produced by the East Midlands Chamber.

You can also watch a number of great video case studies talking about the project's impact.

Contact our team

UpScaler is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Contact the UpScaler team at NTU
+44 (0)115 8488903

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