Training programme launches for Scottish start-ups

LtoR: Steve Jeans, Co-founder at Shoal; Barry McGonagle, Finance Director at Skyscanner; Rebecca Bonnington, Partner at Shirlaws and Michael Cockburn, Co-founder at Shoal

Training programme launches for Scottish start-ups

Scottish tech platform, Shoal, which helps start-ups and small businesses in Scotland to collaborate, has teamed up with tech giant, Skyscanner and business coaching group, Shirlaws to develop a knowledge sharing programme called CRUX.

Aimed at ambitious companies that want to accelerate growth, a six-month knowledge sharing programme has been designed for 50 businesses to gain experience of learning from Scotland’s best.

All ticket sales will be donated to the charity Code Your Future with £1440 already raised after just one day of ticket pre-sales.

A two-hour session will take place each month, from now until March 2018, with the programme kick-starting on 25th October. Each session has been designed to cover a specific topic that will help businesses to improve operationally. 

The workshops will be split in two with the first half focusing on business coaching from one of Shirlaws respected coaches, Rebecca Bonnington, with the second part providing topic related learnings and insights from Skyscanner’s leadership team.

Michael Cockburn, co-founder of Shoal said: “We strongly believe in the power of collaboration to create new opportunities and are very excited to be able to deliver this truly unique training programme to Scottish businesses.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for ambitious companies to have the chance to learn from Shirlaws, as well as hearing from the Skyscanner team who successfully built a £1.4 billion global business from an idea on a beer mat.”

Skyscanner CEO and co-founder, Gareth Williams said: “Sharing successes and failures has always been a key strength of Scotland’s flourishing start up community. We’re delighted to share the learnings and growing pains we at Skyscanner have experienced over the past 14 years through the Crux knowledge sharing forum.”

Rebecca Bonnington, partner at Shirlaws said: “During my coaching career, I have worked alongside many large corporates and financial institutions, but the greatest rewards have been from working alongside SMEs and family businesses and helping turn their dreams into reality.

“I’m very much looking forward to meeting the companies that join us on the CRUX journey over the next six months and hope we can help support the growth of the next generation of scalable companies in Scotland.”