High Growth Small Businesses

Octopus Investments was concerned that the challenges almost all entrepreneurs face in setting-up and scaling-up a business were often overlooked. We are helping them to raise awareness of these challenges, and potential solutions, among policymakers.

Context 

Based on its experience of investing in and working with a range of small businesses around the country, Octopus Investments was acutely aware that entrepreneurs often faced the same challenges. Its team asked us to help raise awareness of these challenges, and potential solutions.

Strategy 

We are coordinating a series of regional roundtables focused on capturing the experiences of local business leaders. The first of these took place in County Durham in June 2016 and organised in conjunction with the North East Chamber of Commerce.

Change 

The feedback from the event, attended by political and business leaders, was overwhelmingly positive. Further roundtables are planned and the lessons from all will be captured in a summary report that will help inform discussions on how to unlock the potential of the UK’s entrepreneurs.

Facts 
  • First roundtable attended by over 20 significant stakeholders, including the Chairman of the Business Select Committee and five other MPs, the Leader of Sunderland City Council, a representative from UK Trade and Investment and local business group leaders.
  • Final summary report will capture lessons learned from all roundtables.