Britain is a great place to start a business but scaling it up can present a collection of challenges since resources to support management teams in their growth journey can be poorly sign posted and difficult to access at times. With a growing number of scale-up offerings available, especially in the UK, it can be confusing to decide which suits best.
London Stock Exchange’s ELITE programme is ideally placed at the heart of the financial ecosystem to offer CEOs and CFOs a unique blend of support and access to the market to help scale-ups prepare for their next stage of growth and investment. The ELITE network acts as the nucleus of SME support services and the team works closely with other organisations and their scaling business offerings to provide ELITE members with relevant and direct access as appropriate.
ELITE is already providing support to over 60 companies across the UK, with aggregate revenues of over £1bn and supporting 8,700 jobs. The programme, led by the London Stock Exchange Group and delivered in partnership with Imperial College Business School, delivers an 18-month engagement blending educational modules and workshops, access to investors, business mentoring, and advice from top industry experts equipping management teams with the necessary skills and networks to drive their business to sustainable success.
Participants find the opportunity to utilise the experience and learnings of seasoned executives, investors and industry experts invaluable.
‘Through the programme we have gained expertise and confidence allowing us to continue to place technology at the heart of our business and aspire to build a world class operation,’
says Anthony Fletcher, CEO of graze.com.
ELITE is ‘capital source neutral’ and aims to prepare companies for all exit types. The programme’s vast network of investors and international advisers gives companies access to a diversified capital pool (Debt products, Venture Capital and Private Equity funds as well as the IPO).
ELITE companies since joining collectively have raised over £200m in private equity deals and grant funding, over 40 M&A and JV deals including Naked Wines merging with AIM-listed Majestic Wines, News Corp’s acquisition of Unruly.
The long term objective of ELITE is to help the most dynamic companies think long term, accelerate their growth and structure themselves for future fund raising. Joining ELITE will make a fundamental difference to your business. Get in touch with the team to find out if your business qualifies.
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