This week, we caught up with Briony Phillips, Associate Director and Scale up Business Enabler at Engine Shed to discuss innovation through collaboration - a key driver for the activities at the Bristol & Bath business hub, ensuring the local economy thrives and their business and communities succeed.
Briony identifies the challenges faced by fast growth, scale up businesses, finds out what’s out there to respond to these challenges and works with organisations across the public and private sector to unlock the solutions they need. “Putting all the support that’s available for them in one place,” Briony explains, "ensures businesses are able to make better informed decisions about what support they engage with and at what point in their growth journey.”
Identifying closely with the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP) findings, Engine Shed believe that scale-up companies are delivering innovation, job opportunities and broader benefits for the region, and that their agility and fast growth helps to create a vibrant and inclusive economy.
Simply Do Ideas is listed as a resource to support ‘Market’ growth within the new Scale-Up Generator map, a support tool which Engine Shed launched this summer because Scale-up companies are “busy building the plane and flying it”. This online resource is there to direct and inform, having already effectively done the leg-work scale-up companies would struggle to fit into their busy schedules.
Over the long term, Engine Shed is committed to working collaboratively to create a sustainable, inclusive and growing economy for the West of England and beyond. “It’s not just about doing business today”, Briony said, “it’s about future generations of businesses too.”
To feature in the Scale-up map, complete their form here.