Innovate and Scale Business Mixer

Host: Derby City Council

Cost: Free

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Are you looking to grow and scale up your business?

Join us for this free morning meet up which includes advice, information, business support providers and an opportunity to network with other local business owners.

What’s covered:

  • Neil McCluskey, Innovate and Growth Specialist with Innovate UK Business Growth will be setting the tone for the day and introducing our guest speakers.

  • Stuart Ross, CEO of High Growth and a scale-up expert covers how to lead a scaling business successfully.

  • Russell Copley founder of Greenborough Management on what it takes to finance scaling up for your business, what funders are looking for and funding options.

What outcomes will be achieved?

  • Advice, information, and tips on how to begin your growth and scale-up journey

  • Hear and meet experienced scale-up specialists

  • Network with support providers in the marketplace area

  • Learn where to go for further support and funding


  • 8:30 – 9:15 – Arrival, refreshments & Networking
  • 9:15 – 10:00 – Welcome (Neil McCluskey)
  • 10:00 – 10:45 - What it takes to scale up your business (Stuart Ross)
  • 10:45 – 11:30 – How to finance scale up your business (Russell Copley)
  • 11:30 – 11:45 – Close & Sign Posting (Neil McCluskey)
  • 11:45 – 12:30 – Networking & Lunch (lunch will be provided)


Workshops are open to start-up and established small to medium sized enterprises located in the following local authority areas taking part in the East Midlands Chamber's Accelerator project:

Amber Valley; Ashfield; Bassetlaw; Broxtowe; Chesterfield; Derby; Derbyshire Dales; Erewash; Gedling; High Peak; Leicester City; Mansfield; Newark & Sherwood; North East Derbyshire; Nottingham; Rushcliffe; South Derbyshire.

(Please note: Businesses based in districts not participating in the Accelerator project i.e. Bolsover; Leicestershire) may attend providing they are members of East Midlands Chamber. In such instances, please contact Ella Mistry on 07387141589 who will approve your booking.


The Accelerator project delivers online webinars and full-day workshops. The webinars are designed as one-hour taster sessions and the workshops as full-day training sessions which are designed to provide delegates with an actionable plan and strategy.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and is delivered by East Midlands Chamber.

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