One of the great joys of working within the Scaleup North East team is the wide range of clients I have the pleasure of working with and the sheer diversity of the challenges which they are addressing.  When I think back across the last three months, I have been working with archaeologists, engineers, software developers, manufacturers and procurement specialists, to name but a few.

Within the Scaleup North East programme, we generally find that our clients are addressing one or more of the five key barriers to scaling: leadership; access to talent; access to markets; infrastructure; and access to finance. 

Leadership is a recurring theme in many of my client discussions, and in June I hosted a Leadership Insights Workshop attended by twenty-three of our clients.  In preparing for the workshop, it struck me that thirty years ago to the month, I had attended the first formal management training session of my career, as a young manager within a large Scottish manufacturer.  So, I asked myself, if I could travel back in time to meet my 26-year-old self, what advice would I give me? Well, after a bit of reflection, I decided that these were the top five things I would have found it useful to know, way back in 1989:

Leadership is using your personal power to win the hearts and minds of your team

Learn from those around you – no matter what issue you are grappling with in your business, someone else will already have encountered it, and come up with a solution – building your business network enables you to meet and learn from like-minded individuals

If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got!

There are many leadership and management methodologies out there – the key criteria to their success is your determination and persistence as a leader to make it work – choose the one that you feel most comfortable with and be relentlessly determined!

Don’t become a “Genius With A Thousand Helpers”, As your organisation grows, you will need to develop and evolve your business’s culture, structure and systems

Sticking with the theme of learning from those around you, collectively the Scaleup Partners have well over a hundred years of experience in building and scaling businesses, and joining Scaleup North East will give you access to this knowledge and expertise. 

RTC North is delivering Scaleup North East in conjunction with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme is aimed at supporting North East-based businesses that can demonstrate both the hunger and the potential to achieve high levels of growth.

If you are interested in joining Scaleup North East, we'd love to hear from you and invite you to fill in our application form here.