How partnership is key to unlocking Scotland’s entrepreneurial potential

Scotland needs all kinds of enterprising leaders to emerge, to create the kind of prosperous, fair and globally competitive economy that we all share as part of our Scotland Can Do vision.  It also takes all kinds of partnership working to make sure we support these leaders to help realise the best future for our Nation in unprecedented and uncertain times.

Entrepreneurial Scotland (ES) and the Unlocking Ambition Scottish Enterprise programme (UA) are joining forces as five Unlocking Ambition companies from the current SE cohort will join an ES executive education programme to Babson this May.

By leveraging a 10-year partnership between ES and the world’s top ranked business school for entrepreneurship - Babson College in Boston, USA – the UA project team at SE has been working closely with ES to link up and build on the Masterclasses the UA cohort have been undertaking in both Scotland and London to enable them to benefit from a week-long experience with other leadership teams from Scotland. Their Babson experience will focus on ‘Preparing for the Future in Uncertain Times’

It is only through building real, gutsy partnerships that are serious about listening to our entrepreneurs and flexing to deliver what they need to grow, that will see our collective efforts multiply the benefits for their company, Scotland and our future.

Exposure to world-class leadership training, delivered both domestically and internationally, together with a powerful peer network makes the world of difference to up-and-coming entrepreneurial businesses. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what some of the companies have to say about the CAN DO approach and the positive impact on their growth. You can also learn more about ES’s executive education offering here.

The opportunity to undertake the modular learning as well as to step back and see their business from a fresh, global perspective will undoubtedly challenge and inspire the entrepreneurs in new ways and we look forward to hearing from them as they travel to Babson later next month. This trip will include UA entrepreneurs; Paul Blackler (Drink Baotic), Loral Quinn (Sustainably), John Robertson (Drinkly), Lisa Thomson (Purpose HR) and Scott Weir (Pillow).

  • Follow them on Twitter @Unlock_Ambition and @EntrepScot live throughout the Babson week, from 27th May – 3rd June as they share their journey, what they’re learning and how they plan to implement it.
  • For further information on the Babson modules contact: Tom.davie@enterpreneurialscotland.com
  • ­­­For further information on the Unlocking Ambition SE programme contact: Alison.loveday@scotent.co.uk
  • PICTURE ABOVE - L-R Jules Lancastle, Ana Gallardo, Tom Davie, Nicola Gibson, Sandy Kennedy & Alison Loveday)