How to Scale
your Business Checklist

How to Scale
your Business Checklist

Scaling your business can seem like a daunting process. This checklist can help you navigate some of the common pitfalls of scaling, as well as help you decide whether the process is right for your business – before you start.

Scaling your business can seem like a daunting process. This checklist can help you navigate some of the common pitfalls of scaling, as well as help you decide whether the process is right for your business – before you start.

Please note

This checklist does not guarantee that your scaling journey will be successful. However, we hope it gives you an idea of what is involved and how you can prepare. You may need to consider more or less information about your business than what is set out below. This will change depending on individuals involved.

Stage 1: Make sure you understand your offering
Is there a real need for your product or service? Who will buy it and why? Does the market want it?
If anyone else is already creating your product or service, is your offering better than theirs? What is your competitive advantage? If you have first-mover advantage, is your product future-proofed against other products?
What’s the overall market size? Is there an opportunity to continue innovating or to expand overseas?
Stage 2: Get your house in order
Is your record-keeping rigorous? Have you moved beyond accounting on a spreadsheet?
Do you know how to avoid working capital mismanagement? Do you have plans for short and long-term financing? Do you have a plan for new projects that wouldn’t be covered by working capital?
Do you have key performance indicators you keep under review?
Stage 3: Refine your strategy
What’s the ultimate vision? Has the wider team, beyond the board, been involved in formulating that strategy? Is everyone in the business aligned?
Do you have the right team in place? If not, what skillsets do you need to hire?
Where is your funding coming from? Do you understand your short and long-term funding requirements, and how different funders may play a role?
Stage 4: Understand the aspects of scaling your business
ELITE’S Growth Compass identifies ten key dimensions of growth: people, operations and processes, innovation, financial management and access to finance, digitalisation, growth strategy, risk management, market orientation, corporate governance, internationalisation. Have you logged in to assess your strengths and development areas?
Have you come up with a concrete action plan for 12 months, three years and five years down the line? What are the most important areas to focus on? Have you prioritised those key areas of development by time?
Stage 5: Seek help and advice
Whether through an organised programme, like ELITE, or by talking to other businesses at networking events, sharing challenges and ideas with like-minded entrepreneurs can help you grow.
Do you have a mentor you can run problems by? Do you attend talks by industry leaders? Are you part of a professional network?
Involve your team in creating your strategy

“Formulating your strategy shouldn’t be a top-down operation. By making your employees co-strategists, you will unite your team behind the final goal. And that alignment is so important – without it, the execution of the strategy can become chaotic.”

Umerah Akram Head of ELITE UK and International
Umerah Akram, Head of ELITE UK and International
About ELITE

ELITE is London Stock Exchange Group’s international business support and capital raising programme for ambitious and fast-growing companies. The programme offers education, support, mentoring and access to expertise and funding. Today, there are over 900 international companies in the ELITE community, from across more than 30 countries, including 135 companies from across the UK.