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What is needed to create more successful tech scale ups in Birmingham?

A talk by Jay Ashcroft, Chris Blackwell and Yiannis Maos
Birmingham Tech Week, Purpose Led Performance and Birmingham Tech

14 October 2020, 10:15 AM

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Interactive session with Yiannis Maos (Founder of Birmingham Tech Week), Chris Blackwell (Scale-up Lead for Birmingham Tech Week) and Jay Ashcroft (CMO, Birmingham Tech Week) to discuss and explore what is needed to support the development of more successful Scale-ups in Birmingham. In the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 (fastest-growing private technology companies) Birmingham had no companies in the Top 100. Why is that and how can we change it?

Jay Ashcroft

Jay Ashcroft specialises in working with early-stage tech startups looking to grow, scale and raise. Jay was a key figure through the digital edtech wave of 2014-17 as cofounder of LearnMaker, the UK’s first edtech change management company. After delivering a number of groundbreaking projects in digital transformation, Jay was appointed as a Specialist Advisor to The Department of Education, supporting the digital transformation strategy across the UK education system. As CEO of LearnMaker, he developed partnerships with Apple, Google and Erasmus. In 2017, Jay joined Arbor Education to lead the scale-up of their SaaS platform. Within 18 months Arbor was the fastest-growing company in its category. While Jay no longer exclusively works in edtech, he still remains passionate about the sector and has published 2 best-selling books. He gave up the London commute in late 2019 but continues to consult with overseas companies looking to enter the UK market.

Chris Blackwell

Chris Blackwell is the Founder of Purpose Led Performance and works with Scale-Ups as a catalyst for high growth, but putting purpose at the heart of their heart of what they do. Chris Blackwell’s passion is providing leadership development and consultancy to Scale-ups. Chris is an experienced CEO and has led organisations that have achieved incredible growth. Early in his career, he helped Ingeus grow from £4m revenue to £120m in ten years and subsequently helped MAXIMUS grow from £25m revenue to £170m in under four years. Those experiences inspired the S.W.I.F.T model for sustainable growth, which sets out the foundations for successful growth and the five key-skills and stages of growth. Chris’s first book, ‘Purpose First – the vital ingredient for swift and sustainable growth’ will be published at the end of 2020.

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