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High-growth start-ups

Use our selection of books, articles, links and guides to find more information on all aspects of starting a high-growth business.

Featured article

The challenge of scaling up
Too many start-ups fail within their first two years of operating. An expert roundtable of nine UK SME leaders discuss the difficulties of growing businesses and how to support companies in this key stage.

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Featured report

Funding issues confronting high growth SMEs
(ICAS, 2014)
This report covers seed and early-stage financing for high-growth companies in OECD and non-OECD countries, with a primary focus on angel investment.

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Business start up bundle for dummies

A one stop shop to all your business start-up needs! Covers everything budding entrepreneurs need to know to get their business up and running. Whether readers are just starting out, planning a new venture, setting up at home or extending a current business online, this book is all they need to succeed.

Digital finance: big data, start-ups, and the future of financial services

This book takes a thoughtful look at how the industry is evolving, and it explains how to integrate concepts of digital finance into existing traditional finance platforms. It explores what successful companies are doing to maximize their opportunities in this context and offers suggestions on how to introduce digital finance into a firm's structure. Specific strategies for a digital future are presented, alongside numerous case studies that explore key attributes of success.

Exploring strategy

This book has long been the essential strategy text for managers of today and tomorrow. From entrepreneurial start-ups to multinationals, charities to government agencies, this book raises the big questions about organisations- how they grow, how they innovate and how they change.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

How franchises grow fast

Quick overexpansion is easy. Preparing franchise brands for strong, lasting growth is harder.

The challenge of scaling up

Too many start-ups fail within their first two years of operating. Nine SME leaders discuss the difficulties of growing businesses and how to support companies in this key stage.

Growth: How unicorns do it

"Unicorns" - private, venture-backed start-ups valued at a billion dollars or more - seem to be growing faster than ever. But that's no guarantee of success, new research by the consultancy firm Play Bigger suggests.

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Useful links


Creative Industries - Routes to Finance
A funding guide for creative organisations from ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty, supported by the Creative Industries Federation and 52 organisations in the UK’s creative economy. It is the first comprehensive and bespoke guide to finance for Britain’s creative industries.


Growing your business
This guide can help you create a task list to get your business off the ground.

Other resources

Business Growth Fund
BGF is an investment partner for growing companies in every sector of the economy, providing tools businesses need to grow, including funding to expertise.

Growth Business UK
Practical tips and resources for established businesses undergoing rapid expansion.

Website from Startups with advice on strategies, finance, overseas growth and business clinic.


Understanding the characteristics of high growth companies using non-traditional data sources
This report from Data Science Campus outlines work exploring how non-traditional data sources and data science methods can be combined with more conventional business data to help understand the characteristics and behaviours of high growth companies. Published January 2019.

Fast-growth firms in the UK: definitions and policy implications
This research note from Enterprise Research Centre aims to establish an evidence-based understanding about how fast-growth firm definitions differ and what they mean to policy.

The Shortage of Risk Capital for Europe’s High Growth Businesses
Study from Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME). published in March 2017.

Equitable equity: increasing and diversifying finance for high-growth SMEs in the UK's regions
Study from the Institute of Public Policy Research, published in February 2017.

Funding issues confronting high growth SMEs in the UK
This 2014 ICAS study investigates the funding constraints faced by high-growth UK SMEs. Findings included that most rapidly growing SMEs tend to obtain finance through banks rather than equity finance.

Increasing the vital 6%: designing effective public policy to support high growth firms
A NESTA 2014 working paper calling for a major overhaul of enterprise support to generate more high growth firms. The paper and seeks to debunk the myths associated with rapidly growing ventures.

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