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Ambitions: Supporting Leaders, Building Growth – Applications Now Open!

Are you a leader of a mission-driven business with the ambition to enhance your skills and scale your business and impact?


Our flagship support programme, Ambitions 2021, Supporting Leaders, Building Growth is now open for applications – kindly supported by People’s Postcode Lottery and Baillie Gifford.

Existing SIS customers interested in the programme should speak to their Investment Manager (IM) before completing an EOI. If you need help to contact your IM please call us 0131 558 7706.

Our key leadership programme is back with a difference.

This year we have specifically tailored our programme into two groups to reach those more established Scottish organisations and those organisations at an earlier stage of their journey – but by no means less ambitious!  We have called our two groups Scale Up and Step Up.

The programme will host a broad range of expert speakers, facilitating masterclasses on topics including digital marketing, market trends, customer insights and e-commerce. This will be complemented with a range of core learning topics and group discussion, led by programme facilitator Rachael Brown.

Is it time to grow you and your business?

Strengthen and shape your leadership skills, guide and propel your aspirations for your organisation’s activity and impact growth and scale.

Our Programme will ensure we give you, as a leader, the tools, knowledge and support:-

  • Weekly online sessions of 90 mins – 16 weeks from mid-August
  • Tailored and impactful learning through two cohorts – Scale Up and Step Up
  • Peer support and regular catch-ups with other enterprises in the cohort
  • Access to business grants for specialist support
  • 121 support for social leaders
  • Expert masterclasses
  • Access to expert mentoring from Baillie Gifford staff
  • Opportunity to access a limited number of £5k grants thanks to our partnership with Baillie Gifford
  • Tailored investment manager support and finance packages – to support your future growth and scale plans.

If you’d like to apply, please complete this expression of interest form by COB on Thursday 22 July. We will notify you about the outcome of your application by Monday 2nd August.

Ambitions 2021 Programme:

Rachael Brown: CEO – Creative Entrepreneurs Club

Rachael is currently CEO of The Future Economy Company, previously known as Cultural Enterprise Office. The Future Economy Company’s focus is to enable creative & social impacts to be at the heart of our economy, something that is relevant more than ever. She is experienced in supporting purpose-driven businesses & creative enterprises.

Guests speakers to include:-

Andrew Miles Davis: Digital Marketing Expert

Andrew Miles Davis is a Digital Marketing expert.

Andrew has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and brands, such as Royal Mail and Tesco, leading them through digital transformation.

Jamie Jefferson: Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of Equator

JJ is Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of award-winning digital transformation agency Equator, helping businesses in all sectors maximise their potential through digital evolution. JJ has worked with household brands including Baxters, Macallan and Malmaison.

Kathryn Welch: Specialist in Community Development

Kathryn is passionate about bringing people together, leading creative projects and strengthening communities. Now freelance, Kathryn has spent over a decade in senior roles across the Scottish charity and arts sectors, specialising in community development, strategic planning, project management and grant-making.

Margaret McSorley Walker: Trends Expert

Margaret McSorley Walker is a recognised industry expert in the fields of product innovation and retail sales.

Margaret is currently Director of Scotch Cross and has decades of experience in leading product development for brands such as Greencore, McCain and Asda.