Strathclyde joins with City Council for business growth programme

Participants in the iGAP @ Tontine programme

Strathclyde Business School has joined with Glasgow City Council to develop a growth programme for the city’s ambitious and innovative enterprises. 

The iGAP @ Tontine programme will be offered to clients of the City Council’s Tontine business accelerator, which attracts and nurtures high-growth entrepreneurial talent and is host to many of Glasgow’s significant growth companies of the future.

It will build on the Business School’s pioneering Growth Advantage Programme, which delivers relevant, accessible and practical learning for the leaders of ambitious businesses in Scotland looking to scale up.  This programme’s combination of world-class executive education and peer learning has demonstrated significant impact for the growth companies that have taken part and has been endorsed by the UK-wide ScaleUp Institute.

Pipeline

The City Council and the University of Strathclyde are key partners in the Glasgow City Innovation District, which brings together government, industry and academia to harness and build upon a base of research expertise, industry engagement and a pipeline of high-quality, work-ready graduates to help to grow innovative companies of scale.

The programme will be delivered by the top entrepreneurship faculty from Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and directed by peer learning expert John Anderson, Head of SME Engagement at Strathclyde Business School.

Mr Anderson said: “We’re delighted to be offering this programme to current and past clients of the Tontine. Helping our innovation-driven businesses to scale up is so important for their future economic growth and the economic growth of Glasgow itself.

“This is not for new start-ups but is designed to address the key issues facing existing businesses which have achieved customer traction but with real growth ambitions.”

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said; "This specially created learning programme is a valuable addition to the package of support offered to enterprises at Tontine and is a testament to the power of partnership working.

“Equipping and preparing businesses to scale up will help to create high-quality jobs and encourage growth more quickly. 

“This venture in collaboration with a key Glasgow City Innovation District partner, is another example of the vital role Tontine plays in the economic growth of the city.”