Loughborough University London supports business growth programme

Loughborough University London joins NatWest, BT, UCL, UKTI, the UK Business Angels Association, PIE Mapping and Fast Growth Forum to launch an exclusive business growth programme for inspiring entrepreneurs.

The Growth Builder programme is the first of its kind to bring together public and private partners to offer a fully adaptive educational programme for British businesses. Loughborough University London will work alongside the other contributors to identify an initial cohort of up to 50 high-growth UK companies, will work to develop each business over a 12-month period.

Applications opened this week. As a guideline, companies should have either £1.5m revenue or 20 employees. In addition, the company must have grown by over 20% per year for the last two years.

British start-ups are doing a great job, but more can be done to help them scale to become global and industry-leading success stories.

Growth Builder has been designed to tackle some of the current barriers to this. Bringing together leading players in public and private sector organisations within a collaborative peer group, the focus is on providing promising entrepreneurs with unrivaled access to the most useful names in business, angel and venture funds, global universities, Government and entrepreneurship.

Ed Wray, co-founder of Betfair and active Angel investor


The UK is leading the world in the creation of innovative and fast-growth start-up companies - we have much to be proud of. With this in mind, I applaud the efforts of Growth Builder, which is building on the work we did together last year with RBS on the Scale-up Report, working to increase the number of businesses that grow from small ones to large ones by bringing together entrepreneurs with the specific goal of accessing new and game-changing contacts. I look forward to seeing the impact this programme will have on productivity and UK economic growth for years to come.

Sherry Coutu CBE, serial entrepreneur and investor



  • Creation of a curated exclusive high-growth peer network.
  • 6 tailored workshops with successful inspiring high-growth founders sharing insight into their experiences and lessons learnt with support to apply these crucial lessons in your own business.
  • 6 professionally facilitated tutor groups offering an opportunity to share knowledge and challenges and gain a fresh perspective from peers in a supportive environment.


  • Monthly optional events tailored to your growth challenges to inspire and inform.
  • 4 networking events bringing together successful high-growth founders, influencers and decision makers within the public and private sector to facilitate beneficial connections.
  • A bespoke high-growth connection service offering proactive introductions and signposting to appropriate contacts and support.


Growth Builder is currently accepting applications until 16th March 2016. Applicants are required to be UK headquartered, but can be based anywhere in the UK.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.