The Scaleup Index

A comprehensive analysis of
the UK’s
scaleup companies.

Produced in partnership with the Scale-Up Institute and Smith & Williamson.

What’s inside?


Which regions are seeing the highest concentrations of scaleups, and what do the regional clusters mean?


From construction to food, from agriculture to engineering, we examine the sectors in which scaleups are flourishing


We pay special attention to equity investment, and explore its correlation with rapid scaleup growth.


What do these findings mean for businesses, investors, and policy-makers in the UK?

The key findings from this report

Visible scaleups

IUK grant funding

£ m

Scaling 2+ years


Female-led scaleups

Visible scaleups using equity

Scaling 3+ years


About the authors

henry whorwood

Henry leads Beauhurst’s research and consultancy, and is an expert on equity finance and high-growth business. He has worked on briefs for clients including Barclays, Syndicate Room, Innovate UK, Smith & Williamson and the British Business Bank. Henry regularly gives presentations on finance and market trends at events around the country. Henry studied Classics at the University of Oxford.

Ella halmari

Ella is a visual design and data analysis specialist. She is an expert in data visualisation and content creation, playing a lead role in analysis and production of Beauhurst’s data-driven publications and brand communications. Ella holds a post-graduate diploma in Visual Communication from UAL and the IMC qualification from the CFA Society.

Where does the data come from?

All data featured comes from the Beauhurst platform, a searchable database of the UK’s fastest-growing startups and scaleups.