International growth marketing firm 4ICG are joining forces with global professional services leader KPMG, video production company Enterprise Screen and co-working centre Clockwise to create an initiative to support Scotland’s flourishing business growth community
The Scottish Growth Community, led by 4ICG with support from KPMG, Clockwise and Enterprise Screen, has been designed to empower and enable entrepreneurial, tech-focused businesses to grow and scale.
The community, which officially launches with their first event later this month (Friday 13 September 2019) is hosted in Glasgow’s Clockwise co-working space, in the city’s former Savoy Tower. The building, which is spread over ten floors, is now home to hundreds of startups and entrepreneurs, providing facilities to work, collaborate and grow together. Earlier this year, KPMG’s Enterprise team moved a dedicated team to the building, providing unrivalled access to insight and support, for the scaling-business community.
The Scottish Growth Community will create a single point of communication, experience and services for companies from a raft of different backgrounds and sectors to work together, sharing ideas and strategies, while learning from seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders.
A series of events and drop-in sessions are set to take place across Scotland over the next year. The launch event, featuring a variety of inspiring speakers, including award-winning entrepreneur, investor and 4ICG chairman, Brian Williamson kicks off on Friday 13 September.
Brian commented: “The launch of The Scottish Growth Community comes at a crucial time for the country’s business sector. We’re on the verge of becoming a global powerhouse in fast-growing, entrepreneurial businesses, but the biggest obstacle to growth, particularly on an international level, is often the belief we can actually do it. I know from my own experience that accessing insight and support at the early stage can be vital. This improves confidence and ultimately will conquer that lack of belief.
"We’re hopeful The Scottish Growth Community will be a key part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem building on Glasgow, and Scotland’s, already vibrant scale-up scene.”
Amy Burnett, growth manager at KPMG Enterprise, will also be sharing her insight at the launch event. Amy said: “Since the team moved in to the Clockwise building, we’ve met scores of inspirational, highly driven entrepreneurs. There’s a real buzz in the air, and we want to use our collective experience and insight to transform that enthusiasm and energy into real growth results.
"The team’s role will be to offer practical solutions and support – from advice on vital financial assistance such as R&D tax support, to access to global networks and support on scaling-up. Scotland’s scale-up community is definitely playing an increasingly international role, and we’re here to build on that success, creating tomorrow’s emerging giants.”
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