a dedicated cohort of proven, experienced and successful business leaders

We are a dedicated cohort of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs, your Scale Up Partners. We work in partnership with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the European Regional Development Fund to bring you the nationally recognised business solution for ambitious scaling SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises). *

As a team we bring more than 100 years of industry experience; founding, leading, scaling and selling businesses across several sectors and through The Scale Up North East programme we provide all the necessary financial, operational, HR, leadership, commercial, international, and digital support needed to meet your objectives.

Our mission is to ensure your business/life purpose is met, your people are aligned and motivated, your numbers are healthy, your infrastructure is solid and sustainable, and you meet the growth ambitions you seek. It is our number one priority to ensure you remain inspired and ambitious to embrace innovation, think big and reach your goals, building yourself a sustainable and scalable business model.

We want the North East Region to be YOUR place in the UK to Scale a business.

Recognised by the Scale Up Institute as an Exempla Programme*


Angelina Bell


Leadership, Strategy & Growth

Angelina Bell is an executive coach with a passion and commitment to ensuring businesses of all sizes achieve their most ambitious goals through exceptional leadership.

Craig Huntingdon


Strategy, Business Intelligence, Planning

Craig Huntingdon is a highly experienced Entrepreneur capable of generating exponential growth from traditional and disruptive business models.

Jon Symonds


Leadership, Strategy, Finance, Growth

Jon Symonds is a passionate and driven Entrepreneur and Executive Leader with a wealth of national and global experience, co-founding 3 businesses of his own building multi-million £ success...

Mark Harrison


Commercial Strategy, Internationalisation, Growth, Sales & Marketing, Branding, Product Development and Positioning.

Mark Harrison is an excellent communicator, he has the ability to focus in on what’s important and what is not and quickly developing a strategy a clear vision of how to move things forward.

Tony Brooks


Manufacturing, Business Development, Collaboration

From humble beginnings working his way to the top, Tony Brooks scaled and sold his own multi-million-pound design and manufacturing business in Electrical Controls and brings to the table 'real life' tools...
The help from Craig has been invaluable, from business guidance and contacts as well as valuable funding. I have received support on every level from finance to trademarks to software development. I am so grateful I heard about scale up at an early stage.

Trina Scott-Priestley - Swishforit