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The Scale-up Hub – A new series for ambitious business owners

Welcome to the new Scale-up Hub – whether you’re looking for a modest expansion or you have ambitious plans to take your business to giddy new heights, you will find something for you here.
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Welcome to the new Scale-up Hub – whether you’re looking for a modest expansion or you have ambitious plans to take your business to giddy new heights, you will find something for you here.

No business owner wants to exist on a threadbare startup salary forever, so as part of our new partnership with webexpenses and webonboarding, we’ll walk you through how to go from fledgling business to a scaled-up, solid business.

In reality, what scaling up means to one business owner can mean quite something else to another – are you looking to shift more of your products, or get a larger global footprint? Do you measure the size of your business by staff levels or turnover? For that reason, we have broken down the hub into four pillars of content: technology, recruitment, exporting and funding.

Scale-up Hub four pillars:

• Recruitment: Widely regarded as one of the most difficult aspects of running small businesses. You need to know how to make your business attractive to new talent, and you need to ensure you are hiring people that are a good fit for your existing team. We will delve into these issues and many more – people make your business go round, and there’s no scaling up without them

• Exporting: Another way to expand your business is to go global, and these days it’s easier than ever before. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges. We will show you how to make the most of exporting opportunities while mitigating risks

• Funding: A theme that comes up time and again as one of the most challenging aspects of owning a startup. How do you get someone to listen to you, take you seriously and loan you the cash you need to get off the ground? Here, we will explore the different kinds of funding, and how you can work out which is right for you

• Technology: In fact, funding is where the technology aspect comes into play – how do you manage your assets and expenses? We will explore how you can choose the right technology to scale with you as your business grows.

Throughout this campaign, we will be speaking to our Scale-up Superstars, SMEs which have been there and done it and are keen to share their experiences to the up-and-comers.

In addition, we will be featuring expert commentary from the webexpenses and webonboarding team, opinion pieces and Q&As from professionals across the scale-up spectrum, as well as topical news pieces that may affect ambitious businesses.

We very much hope that you will find something to take away from these pieces, and if you have a story to share please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Real Business team.

This article is part of a wider campaign called the Scale-up Hub, a section of Real Business that provides essential advice and inspiration on taking your business to the next level. It’s produced in association with webexpenses and webonboarding, a fast-growing global organisation that provides cloud-based software services that automate expenses management and streamline the employee onboarding process.

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Letitia Booty

Letitia Booty is a special projects journalist for Real Business. She has a BA in english literature from the University of East Anglia, and since graduating she has written for a variety of trade titles. Most recently, she was a reporter at SME magazine.

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