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The Scaleup Index

A comprehensive analysis of
the UK’s
scaleup companies.

Produced in partnership with the ScaleUp Institute.

What’s inside?

sui region 2020
sui sector 20


Which regions are seeing the highest concentrations of scaleups, and what do the regional clusters mean?


From construction to food, from agriculture to engineering, we examine the sectors in which scaleups are flourishing


We pay special attention to equity investment, and explore its correlation with rapid scaleup growth.


What do these findings mean for businesses, investors, and policy-makers in the UK?

The key findings from this report

Visible scaleups

IUK grant funding

£ m

Scaling 2+ years


Female-led scaleups

Visible scaleups using equity

Scaling 3+ years


About the authors

henry whorwood

Henry leads Beauhurst’s research and consultancy, and is an expert on equity finance and high-growth business. He has worked on briefs for clients including Barclays, Syndicate Room, Innovate UK, Smith & Williamson and the British Business Bank. Henry regularly gives presentations on finance and market trends at events around the country. Henry studied Classics at the University of Oxford.

Ava scott

Ava is an expert data cruncher and business analyst in the Research & Consultancy team. She provides research and insights for multiple clients, including the Royal Academy of Engineering, Syndicate Room and Penningtons Manches. She holds a BA in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford.

Ella halmari

Ella is a visual design and data analysis specialist. She is an expert in data visualisation and content creation, playing a lead role in analysis and production of Beauhurst’s data-driven publications and brand communications. Ella holds a post-graduate diploma in Visual Communication from UAL and the IMC qualification from the CFA Society.

Dan Robinson

Daniel robinson

Daniel conducts data manipulation, visualisation and analysis as part of the Research and Consultancy team. He has a background in business analysis and commercial copywriting in Australia and the United Kingdom. He previously worked at The Sunday Times Fast Track, Oxford University Press, and advertising network MullenLowe Group.

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