London Stock Exchange welcomes The 100 Stories of Growth - Capital At Work campaign launch

The 100 Stories of Growth – Capital at Work campaign (www.100stories.co.uk) is proud to mark an important milestone this morning Wednesday 6 June. This independent and impartial initiative is being led by the campaign's creator Intelligent Partnership and is supported by lead partners BGF, London Stock Exchange Group, Smith & Williamson, The Clubhouse and Beauhurst.

We're proud to have welcomed Andrew Griffiths MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility who opened the event with a keynote speech.

We're equally delighted to have hosted a panel discussion of truly impressive company founders: Rachel Carrell, Founder and CEO, Koru Kids; Celia Francis, CEO, Rated People; Dr Simon Hay, Co-founder, Flrefly; Dr Kris Naudts, Founder and CEO, Culture Trip; and Bernhard Niesner, CEO and co-founder, busuu. They are all featured business leaders in campaign and they brought the preliminary research findings to life with their insight, views and experience.

The campaign places fast-growth UK companies at the heart of the capital debate. We have been taking a very detailed temperature check of founder and CEO views and opinion, asking them how they have grown their businesses by using all forms of capital – investment/financial, human, intellectual and emotional – to scale successfully. The campaign also features 100 Stories of founder and CEO experiences – each one a unique exploration of how impressive companies have grown or scaled successfully.

Guy Tolhurst, managing director at Intelligent Partnership, said:
"The UK is home to some amazing high-potential small and medium-sized businesses that add enormous value to the economy.

"These first-hand stories from some of the UK's leading entrepreneurs provide a fascinating insight into what it means to run a fast-growing company, as well as highlighting some of the hurdles and challenges that restrict their potential.

"While many entrepreneurs are very aware of High Street funding options for their growth plans, the most positive experiences come from tax-advantaged investment as well as venture capital, angel investment and growth capital providers.

"In order to realise the ambitions of the UK’s growing businesses, deploying the right mix of capital – including funding, finance, human, intellectual and emotional – is critical."

Join the capital debate by following the campaign at www.100stories.co.uk or @100stories.