Scale up Enabler Q4 update and Future Plans

From June 2017 until June 2018, I worked as Scale up Enabler for the West of England, a role which was funded in collaboration by the West of England LEP, Business West, the University of Bristol and Engine Shed. Th

The 12 month experiment is captured in the soon to be published Scale up Yearbook - an inviting 16 page summary of the work I have undertaken, the values that underpin it and the ambitions for the next 12 months. You can read the report online here: Scale Up Yearbook.


The Future

Since the completion of this first contract (which delivered much of the content in this website), the Scale up Enabler role has evolved into a partnership between the West of England Growth Hub and Engine Shed. This new role, working as Associate Director at Engine Shed and Scale up Enabler for the West of England will see me launch and maintain this new website. This site will share news and insights about the support that exists for scale up companies whilst also making it easier for supporters to see what's already available.

Together, this work will focus on three specific objectives:

  • To invigorate the investment ecosystem in the region and improved access to finance - we will run the Quarterly Investment Briefing (with support from Smith & Williamson, TLT LLP and KPMG) and build the UKBAA Angel Hub, we will facilitate the Investor In Residence service at Engine Shed.
  • To inspire founders and aspiring scale ups - we will share inspiration through a series of Scale up Briefing events and a growing bank of case studies. We will support peer to peer networks.
  • To invigorate and build the profile of this region as a home for successful scale-up companies - we will share resources, data and maps to expose the great work that happens here and we will gather and share intelligence to minimise duplication and maximise collaboration. We will make support more accessible.


Wherever we can, we will work in partnership to maximise positive impact for our community of founders.

Achieving sustainable growth is one of the biggest challenges for a scaling company. By creating an environment where companies can flourish, the Scale Up Generator helps accelerate scale up success for the West of England. Scale ups in the region can access resources, content and expertise to help them build a resilient organisation. The wider community, including the investor ecosystem, can discover research, partnership and mentorship opportunities in the local area.

If you would like to support or contribute to this work, and share in the mission to make the West of England the best place to grow a business, please get in touch to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Are you interested to learn more about the way we have quantified the impact of this role? Please read the report to find out more about the benefits that the funders, and the community have experienced.


Briony Phillips Scale up Enabler and Associate Director, Engine Shed @BrionyPhi1