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ievo Ltd is an independent UK based biometric company that focuses on the design, manufacture and distribution of reliable and innovative biometric fingerprint recognition products.

At ievo, we cater for the vast majority of industries, including but not limited to; education, construction works, industrial units and factories, leisure and healthcare facilities, Governmental buildings and general facilities management. We also export to a number of global territories via our distribution partners.

Shaun Oakes

Shaun Oakes - Managing Director ievo Ltd

It is a privilege to serve on the board of this fantastic programme. The commitment of the Scaleup team in providing likeminded SME businesses within the North East with the time, energy and resources is second to none. The programme has already produced some amazing results and will continue to excel. I am very proud to be part this and look forward to continuing with supporting this programme.

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Bdaily is an online publisher of UK regional business news. In addition to timely news, advice and opinion led content, we also provide bespoke online advertising and content marketing services to our valued commercial clients. Bdaily acts as a conduit for businesses looking to sell to SMEs on both a regional or national level, working with clients across the UK to help the promote their products and services effectively.

Sarah Callender

Sarah Callender - Director - Bdaily

Bdaily has been at the forefront of the Scaleup agenda in the North East, so this is a great opportunity to personally continue showing our support and advise on the board. One of my main passions is exploring the impact that change can have on the leaders of scaling business. Supporting the people that drive these businesses and their teams is a key priority for me, and one the programme is keen to deliver on.

The NBT Group

By helping businesses manage their non-core needs effectively, we enable our customers to prioritise and focus on their core business, without having to worry about complex supply chains or business processes. By offering a range of innovative solutions, backed up by exceptional customer service, we allow our customers to focus on the job at hand, reduce cost structure and increase the value of their business.

Toby Bridges

Toby Bridges - Executive Chair - NBT Group

The North East business community has given me a great deal of support on my journey and so it’s a real honour to give back by advising on the scale-up programme. There is nothing more important than connecting businesses and their leadership teams together as they scale up, inspiring confidence to what is possible; this programme is encouraging all that across our region.

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PwC is the largest professional services firm in the UK and we have been serving clients in the North East since 1912.

In Newcastle, we have over 300 highly qualified staff dedicated to providing clients with exceptional levels of service and advice in assurance, regulatory reporting, tax and advisory. Clients include public and private companies, central and local governments, banks and private houses, private individuals and not-for-profit organisations.

Key industries within the North East include financial services, government and public sector, the energy sector – oil, gas and emerging industries such as offshore wind and solar panels- aswell as strong digital, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Richard Podd

Richard Podd - Tax Partner - PWC


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The ScaleUp Institute is a private sector, not-for-profit organisation focused on collaborating with the private and public sectors to make a real and identifiable impact in helping UK high growth businesses to increase their growth and scale. The SUI aims to advance understanding of how to scaleup a business, and how to build the most effective environment for scaleups to flourish in the UK and overseas. The SUI spreads best practice through research and thought leadership, working closely with partners at a local, regional and national level. The Institute also works closely with the UK Government and overseas agencies on the policies needed for scaling businesses.

Irene Graham

Irene Graham - CEO Scale Up Institute


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Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information, visit the UK Research and Innovation website.We drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base

With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation.We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into research and development.Our support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.

Lee Viney

Lee Viney - Innovate UK Regional Manager

Scaling businesses are often the most innovative, commercialising new ideas, and leading global research and development in future technologies. As such these businesses are the heart of improving UK productivity, creating the jobs of the future, and serving on the board of this programme is great opportunity to support the innovative businesses of the North East.

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The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) is a public, private and education sector partnership.

We are one of thirty-eight LEPs in the country and are responsible for promoting and developing economic growth in the local authority areas of County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

We produce our area’s Strategic Economic Plan, which acts as a blueprint for the activities that need to take place to improve our economy

Colin Bell

Colin Bell - Business Growth Director - North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Scaleups generate the lions share of new jobs and productivity growth. Increasing the density of scaleups in the North East is therefore central to the North East Strategic Economic Plan and the delivery of More and Better Jobs. I'm particular passionate about the team of Scaleup Partners that we now have in place, they all have a strong background in scaling businesses and  are delivering demonstrable value to businesses across the North East.

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ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 181,500 chartered accountants and students worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

As leaders in accountancy, finance and business, ICAEW Chartered Accountants work with organisations to look beyond the next quarter and take the long view on key issues - to help them achieve more than they'd imagine.

Iain Wright

Iain Wright - Director of Business and Industrial Strategy at ICAEW and former MP, Minister and Chair of Business Select Committee


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Durham University Business School recently officially became Durham University’s fourth faculty. This historic change and significant milestone on our development journey, provides a key pillar for the School to become one of Europe’s Top 20 business schools.

Here at Durham University Business School we believe that to succeed in business, you need to get closer to the realities of business. So that’s what we do. We connect students and alumni with global companies. And we link businesses with incisive and innovative thinking.

Joanna Berry

Joanna Berry - Associate Professor. Entrepreneurship, Durham University

I am delighted to be part of this exciting initiative. It is often forgotten that SMEs are a critical and statistically huge part of the North East economy. They export, import, employ hundreds and integrate into the complex supply chains of many international plcs and corporates. Participating in the ScaleUp Advisory Board gives me the opportunity to support this critical component of UKplc.

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Calsonic Kansei Europe is a supplier of heat exchange, air conditioning, exhaust, interior, and electronic automotive components. Headquartered in the UK, with operations spread throughout Europe in Spain, Romania, Russia, France and Germany, Calsonic Kansei Europe is positioned to meet the key needs of our European customers.

John Barnett

John Barnett – Senior Vice President - Operations Director – Calsonic Kansei