eScalate is a three-year project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which runs until 30th September 2022. eScalate will support Oxfordshire’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that are scale-ups or have scale-up potential, and socially minded enterprises.

eScalate support includes...

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Are you a growing (scale up) business?

  • Are you a development-stage business looking to grow market access, revenues, number of employees and add value through collaboration with established companies?
  • Can you describe how access to support and / or a grant would help you to achieve this?

Start up and growth SME’s – the eScalate programme has been expanded to offer additional support to all SME’s during COVID-19.

1:1 Support for Scale-ups

Our specialist business advisors provide up to 12 hours of FREE support and guidance.

Read about 1.1 support

Grant funding for Scale-ups

The eScalate programme offers grant funding for start-up, growth, scale-up businesses.

Read about Grants

Events for Scale-ups

Due to the current situation all events for scale-ups have been moved to online webinars.

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Network & Support

Network & Support sessions are for business owners with a level of trading history and are looking to take their business into the next stage of growth.

Benefit from sound advice and knowledge sharing from experts and fellow business owners, within a safe and friendly environment where long-lasting, purposeful, and trusted relationships can be built.

An experienced facilitator, along with specialist advisor where applicable, will guide cohorts of 10-12 individuals across a four-session programme. This limited group allows for maximum collaboration and time given for each individual.

Network & Support session themes include Women in Business, International Trading, and Scaling Up, and cover a number of topics:

  • Growth objectives
  • Challenges and obstacles to growth
  • Innovation and diversification
  • Growth enablers
  • Planning and growth strategy execution

These sessions run throughout the year. Check our events page for upcoming dates.

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Am I Eligible

Aligning to the principals of the Scale-up Institute, we define scale-up businesses as showing the following growth characteristics;

  • 20% per year by employee growth
  • 20% per year by turnover growth
  • 20% per year in both employees and turnover

A scale-up is defined as a development-stage business looking to grow market access, revenues, number of employees and add value through collaboration with established companies.

For more information on our eScalate business support programme get in touch with the OxLEP Business team today