Scale Up Britain - Featuring NZer Simon Coley of Karma Cola

Scale Up Britain - Featuring NZer Simon Coley of Karma Cola

Competitive advantage doesn’t go to the nations that focus on creating companies; it goes to nations that focus on scaling up. 

Join us on 12 June 2018, the official opening of the International Business Festival, for a full day of dynamic talks with entrepreneurs from some of Britain's most successful and inspiring businesses.  

Scale Up Britain is a standalone ticketed event within the International Business Festival, giving access to unrivalled content and discussion.

What to expect:

  9.00 Doors open (auditorium two)

  9.30 Welcome address

10.00 Session 1: Scaling in an Uncertain World

11.00 Session 2: The Power of Tech

12.00 Lunch break

13.30 Session 3: The Next Generation of Talent

14.30 Session 4: Going Global (with The Supper Club)

15.30 Session 5: Mission Matters

16.15 Scale Up Britain ends

16.30 Business Fest keynote speaker, Anthony Behan (Futures Stage)

17.00 The Supper Club networking drinks 



Doing business in uncertain conditions is something entrepreneurs must manage, but few challenges are insurmountable. We uncover the mindset and tactics entrepreneurs use for dealing with the global challenges of scaling business.


Irene Graham, CEO, Scale Up Institute

Will Butler-Adams, CEO, Brompton Bicycles

Julie Rogan, Head of High Growth Entrepreneurs, Barclays

Chris Baker-Brian, Co-founder & CTO, BBOXX



Not every company is a tech company, but anyone looking to scale can’t ignore the power tech-enabled companies have to grow quickly and change the world. We talk to three individuals doing just that. 


Celia Francis, CEO, Rated People 

Jeff Lynn, Executive Chairman & Co-founder, Seedrs

Helen Alex Lock, Tech journalist & editor (chair)

Melissa Morris, Founder, Lanctum



We consider the leadership skills necessary to attract, retain and inspire the next generation of talent to realise the goals of the business, as well as individuals. 


Simon Coley, Co-founder, Karma Cola

Chieu Cao, Co-founder, Perkbox (chair)

Celia Francis, CEO, Rated People

Giles Andrew OBE, Founder, Zopa  

Lauren Armes, Founder, Welltodo



Some ambitious entrepreneurs are hedging their bets by opening international offices to access talent, while others are looking for growth in new markets. This panel on International expansion to scale, chaired by The Supper Club’s EJ Packe, will bring together four scaling founders to share insights on how they chose their markets and models, with insights on how to succeed in Europe, US, Asia and the Middle East. 


Will Butler-Adams, CEO, Brompton Bicycles 

Diane Young, Founder, The Drum

Tamara Littleton, Founder, The Social Element

David Taylor, Managing Director, First Point Group



Purpose is about more than an auxiliary corporate social responsibility (CSR) function, it’s integral to the brand and culture of the company. We ask three social entrepreneurs why & how they built a brand that resonates so strongly with their customers, and how they’ve prioritised their mission while scaling.


Kresse Wesling, Co-founder, Elvis & Kresse 

Simon Coley, Co-founder, Karma Cola

Chris Baker-Brian, Co-founder & CTO, BBOXX

Sophie Jarvis, The Entrepreneurs Network (chair)


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This ticket gives the ticket holder access to all 'Scale Up Britain' talks on 12 June 2018, plus entry to the whole nine day festival. It is non-refundable and must be scanned on the day to be granted access to the Scale Up Britain event. 


The International Business Festival is the world’s biggest business Festival. Hosted every two years in its home city of Liverpool, the festival captures the dynamism and diversity of the global marketplace. The goal is to give businesses the space, support and expertise they need to make connections, do deals and realise their potential.

In 2016 the festival welcomed over 25,000 attendees from across the UK and around the world, putting on a schedule of inspiring events and facilitating an estimated £250 million worth of business deals.

The Festival is driven by a belief that, at its best, business is a force for positive change – propelling economic growth, providing opportunities for development and encouraging openness and cooperation. The Festival is a celebration of this belief.

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Time & Date

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 09:30 AM - Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 04:30 PM


L3 4DQ Liverpool
United Kingdom

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Earlybird £50 plus VAT
General Admission £120 plus VAT

KEA members ticket price of £10 plus ticketing fees which also gives you access to the nine day International Business Festival (over £100). There’s no better price around!

Use discount code SCALEUP10 under the Promotional Code field on Eventbrite, and purchase a Scale Up Britain, Community Admission (includes entry to festival)