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Scaling Up

Whilst many organisations manage to deliver growth, scaling a business brings very different challenges. Successful scale up organisations recognise the importance of creating the appropriate strategy, structure, systems, staff, management skills, organisational culture and leadership to deliver and maintain periods of rapid growth in both revenue & margin, alongside the constant flow of increasingly complex strategic and operational challenges.

35% growth in UK Scale Ups in the last 5 years
42% higher productivity in Scale Up organisations
64% of Scale Ups scale more than once

Common Problems

UK scale-ups employ over 3 million people and have a combined turnover in excess of £1.3 trillion. Widely considered to be the engine drivers of local economies, scale ups are thought to be twice as innovative as large firms, employ twice as many apprentices, and are on average 42% more productive than their peers.

They invariably grow turnover by 20%+ year after year, and typically enjoy market-leading gross profits of 70%+ and net profits of 20%+.

Despite the obvious commercial benefits of managing a scale up organisation, leadership teams face a number of very complex and unique challenges that require them to display exceptional decision-making skills along with an ability to seamlessly juggle both the strategic and operational goals of the organisation whilst mitigating risks.

The importance of dynamic and strong leadership within scale up organisations cannot be overstated.Recent studies have shown that 86% of leaders see succession planning as an urgent priority whilst 45% of organisations in the UK cite “struggles with developing management talent”. Some 77% of all organisations also believe that they have a “leadership gap”.

Without an exceptional leadership team with the ability to plan strategically, very few organisations ever manage to scale up, let alone maintain industry leading growth rates, and therefore fail to address common strategic challenges such as; 

  • Overcoming a talent & skills gap
  • Accessing and exploiting new customers / markets
  • Building their leadership capabilities
  • Bridging the infrastructure gap
  • Accessing the right combinations of finance


Tool Kit

Having helped many organisations scale up and continue to do so the team at Chalkhill Blue regularly leverage their experience and a range of world-class tools and techniques to ensure that clients develop the necessary clarity, focus and most importantly of all the appropriate action plans to ensure the scaleup goals are met.

McKinsey’s 7s Model

Growth Score Cards

Three C’s Model

How We Help

We help you create not only clarity and focus, but more importantly we specialise in helping you develop and implement a winning plan.




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What Our Clients Say About Us

Having helped 1000s of businesses and leadership teams, we think they’re best placed to tell you about the impact we’ve had…

We now have a clear sense of direction in terms of where we’re going, why we’re going there and what we need to do in order to achieve our goals

MD, Construction Business

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Founder, Energy Consultancy

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CEO, Digital Marketing Agency

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MD, Care Home Group

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MD, IT Recruitment

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Director, Industrial Tapes Business

Their sensible and practical approach to what business owners see as the “big issues”, breaks down those barriers and really helps those businesses achieve their full potential

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Director, Transport Consultancy

Our business has been transformed from a family firm to a performance business, with turnover up by 100% and net profits quadrupling.

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