Charles Russell partners with the London Stock Exchange on ELITE programme
28 April 2014
This article was written prior to the formation of Charles Russell Speechlys, through the merger between Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham.
Charles Russell is pleased to be partnering with the London Stock Exchange on ELITE, an innovative business support programme for high growth private UK companies.
The 24-month ELITE programme will provide companies' founders, CEOs and executive teams with a tailored portfolio of business support tools, education services provided by Imperial College Business School and access to a select group advisers and investors.
In addition, companies will have access to the programme's ELITE Entrepreneurial Fellow, Sean Phelan, founder of Mulitmap and angel investor.
As part of their journey through ELITE, management teams will be guided on how to adapt and shape their businesses for further long-term growth and how to increase their visibility and attractiveness to potential investors.
Other major trade body supporters include the CBI, ABI, BBAA, BVCA and Tech City.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said “Small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of London’s economy providing employment for over 50 per cent of working Londoners. It’s vital that ambitious young companies are supported as they grow so I warmly welcome the launch of ELITE, which is set to provide practical help and advice.”
Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group, said “Having witnessed the success of the ELITE programme at Borsa Italiana, we believe that the environment in the UK is ripe for a similar programme to support high growth businesses. Innovative businesses are often the most ambitious companies, but to get ahead they need new resources, new relationships and new funding which many businesses find challenging or time consuming to access. ELITE will provide high growth companies with the essential tools they need to develop and help foster a connected financial ecosystem, promoting the right type of funding for businesses at each stage of their journey. We firmly believe that these companies will fuel the long-term growth of the UK economy, and that ELITE is a unique platform to help them achieve their full potential.”
Clive Hopewell, Partner, Charles Russell, said “We are proud and excited to be supporting ELITE. With our corporate and private capital expertise, we are ideally placed to support SME businesses from growth stages through to international brands.”
For more information about the ELITE programme, please click here.