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The Blue Prism Journey

5% Inspiration, 95% Perspiration: the 15 year ‘overnight success’ of Blue Prism – co-founded by ScaleUp Group Member, Alastair Bathgate – proves stamina is vital to a successful business. The journey Alastair Bathgate co-founded Blue Prism in 2001 with David Moss and was CEO of the company from foundation until 2020. Blue Prism became a…

Ten Commandments for Scaleups

By John O’Connell – Executive Chairman ScaleUp Group Introduction Regrettably, there is no one ‘silver bullet’ which guarantees success in obtaining growth funding, specifically for our focus which is a ‘Series A’ round. No two entrepreneurial led businesses are identical. However, there are unavoidable ‘must haves’ without which your chances of having a successful business,…

‘Fighting Fit’ – An Entrepreneur’s Perspective

By David Holman, CEO of ScaleUp Group Client Armour Comms The immediate challenge of the pandemic No doubt, like every other business we were not as prepared as we would have liked for the Covid ‘curved ball’. However fortunately we had raised some external capital at the back end of 2019, in part for investing…

‘Series A’ Funding – An Entrepreneur’s Perspective

Anyone who has been through it will tell you that raising your first growth capital from a Fund is a demanding, lengthy, and sometimes discouraging process. Not only will you be forced to ruthlessly assess your business potential, processes, goals and finances, but you have to convince Funds, who see many other pitches also claiming…

Adam Hale shares insights on succeeding in recession

Succeeding in a recession

Leading entrepreneur, scaleup champion and ScaleUp Group member Adam Hale has issued some key advice for ScaleUp Leaders facing the current COVID-19 crisis based on experience from successfully leading businesses through previous recessions.   Here are some highlights: 1. Be closer to your customers. One ScaleUp CEO I work with did this and spoke to one of…

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