Now is the time to grow, faster

Strategy can be sidetracked in the day to day running of a business, and scaling up takes the back seat as you end up dealing with piles of paperwork, projects going wrong or dealing with your overflowing inbox.

This shows in the statistics – according to the ScaleUp Institute, scaleups bring in £1.3tn of the £1.9tn generated by all UK SMEs. The remainder is brought in by millions of companies not making anywhere near as much of an impact as they could.

There’s clearly more than a few secrets business owners need to learn about scaling up. Fortunately, the Festival of Enterprise will reveal them all.

In under 3 weeks, over 150 experts in business growth will join take the stage at the Festival of Enterprise to share their secrets with other business owners. This is where learnings from real experiences will take place, stories of how they went about getting the funding that enabled their growth will be shared, how they grew their management and delivery teams, the big obstacles they overcame and how they re-shaped their plans as they grew.

Managing Director for the Festival of Enterprise, James Ashwood, said “Over the past 3 years we have learned a great deal about the types of information and services business owners and CEOs are looking for to support their growth ambitions. This has enabled us to create such an exciting programme”

“Not only are we offering world-class advice from business-growth experts, we are also offering real-life case studies from successful entrepreneurs who have the achievements and battle scars to speak with authority about what it takes to innovate and succeed in today’s business environments. This really is an event not to be missed.”

Entrepreneur and Startup specialist, Piers Linney, is one of the speakers at the event. Linney is perhaps best known to the public for being a “dragon” on the BBC Two television series, Dragons’ Den, and for his appearance on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire. He will be sharing his no-nonsense business advice with aspiring business owners.

“I’m delighted to be speaking at the Festival of Enterprise, which is providing brilliant advice to help businesses grow. I’ll be talking about my #Startup with Piers Linney course and look forward to sharing this with you all at the NEC in October” – Linney commented.


The exhibition part of the festival will be packed with everyone from small solution providers to specific problems through to tech giants like Google, LinkedIn and Dell.

Karan Bilimoria, better known as Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, the Indian born founder of Cobra Beer, will officially open the Festival of Enterprise on the 23 October at the NEC Birmingham. Karan Bilimoria’s track record in business, education and support for enterprise is stellar.

Lord Bilimoria comments on joining the event: “I’m delighted to join the Festival of Enterprise. The subject is close to my heart – business and entrepreneurship. I know about the satisfaction that comes from building an enterprise from scratch and seeing it grow, but I also know about the troubles that can come along and cause disruption to the best thought-out business plans. So, I look forward very much to sharing advice and experience with our audience at the NEC in October.”

The Festival of Enterprise is designed to provide the owners of established SME’s and startups with the tools and information they need to achieve fast growth.

A day at the Festival of Enterprise will put business owners in the “Ideas Zone” and will help them re-focus on the strategic issues that affect growth.

The Festival of Enterprise takes place at the NEC Birmingham 23-24 October. Free entrance passes can be obtained here.