Tontine teams up with Strathclyde Business School as ambitious enterprises look to scale up

Strathclyde Business School has teamed up with Glasgow City Innovation District partner Glasgow City Council to develop iGAP@Tontine – a bespoke programme which offers relevant, accessible and practical learning for Tontine nurtured businesses with aspirations to grow.

iGAP@Tontine will run over six months and will include three two-day workshops dedicated to the areas important to high growth firms; Market, Leadership and Resource.

The programme draws on Strathclyde Business School’s experience of running the pioneering Growth Advantage Programme and has been tailor made for Tontine, a Glasgow City Region City Deal project which supports the development and impact of businesses in the creative sectors to encourage collaboration, innovation and high growth.

The design of the programme will allow participants to share their own learning over time, supported by diagnostic tools and take away tool kits to use back in their own organisations. This method encourages participants to take ownership of their own development and coach their management teams, ensuring the direct relevance of the programme to the needs of each venture and its leadership team.

Each programme is delivered by the top entrepreneurship faculty from the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and directed by peer learning expert John Anderson, former chief executive of the Entrepreneurial Exchange.

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.”

John Anderson, Head of SME Engagement at Strathclyde Business School, said, “We’re delighted to be offering this programme to current and past clients of 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.”

With over £100 million of innovation investment, Glasgow City Innovation District is bringing 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.