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Scale Up Ashford Launches

A funded programme of support for businesses that have the capacity and ambition to grow.

September saw the successful launch of a new business support programme being offered through the Chamber on behalf of Ashford Borough Council, as part of its continued commitment to developing economic prosperity across the borough. Scale Up Ashford is the first of its kind in Kent and adopts the core principles of the wider national initiative conceived by the Scale Up Institute. The key principle is that businesses that have access to tailored, intensive support and expert networks have a greater potential to deliver growth, jobs and prosperity. Initially, six businesses will be able to access the fully funded programme of support that will include; • The opportunity to take their business from good to great with the support of an experienced and highly successful growth coach.

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• Unlimited access to a localised team of experts specifically chosen to help address and overcome the key barriers to growth. Including international trade, finance, HR, property and legal. • Grant and funding application support to enable them to access the appropriate local, regional and national government funding schemes • Exclusive membership to a network of likeminded business owners enabling them to share common challenges, best practise and collaboration opportunities. • A unique platform to promote, showcase and celebrate their business success locally, regionally and internationally.

The Chamber is delighted to be working again with Simon Teague of New Level Results who will working with the six businesses. Simon Teague is an accomplished entrepreneur and business coach based at Discovery Park, near Sandwich. Having come from a background of 26 years in the Financial Services industry, he started his first business in

2007 as a High-Performance Coach and has worked with senior executives and teams in organisations such as Mitsubishi, Walt Disney, Sir Robert McAlpine and Philip Morris International. His main passion is working with fellow entrepreneurs to grow their business and lead more fulfilling and successful lives. He has worked with The UK Government Business Growth Programme and KCC, supporting 17 companies in Kent to access funding on the East Kent Expansion Loan Scheme. He has been instrumental in supporting dozens of local companies to grow their business, win awards and realise their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Their detailed case studies showing secure growth achievements of up to 35% per annum and most clients having their best ever year in their company history. We are delighted he is heading up the Scale Up programme here in Ashford which is only open to 6 ambitious company owners based in the Ashford area, who want to take their business to a new level, overcome barriers to success and access proven methodologies to build a scalable, valuable and sustainable business.

If you’re interested in being considered for the programme please visit www.scaleupashford.co.uk and submit an expression of interest.

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