Case Study: London Stock Exchange’s ELITE Programme (Italy and the UK)

Leaders in companies scaling rapidly need to learn to cope quickly with changing demands, but many struggle to develop their managerial and leadership talent.

The government should draw attention to scale-up companies and scale-up leaders so that it is easier for them to act as role models and find customers, partners and investors, both at home and overseas.

ELITE is coordinated by the Academy of Borsa Italiana and Boconi University in Italy and in the UK it is delivered by London Stock Exchange in partnership with Imperial College Business School. The programme supports high-growth companies in Italy and the UK to enable cultural and organisational change, introduce companies to capital markets and build relations with banking and enterprise systems. The programme, which is focused on the challenges of international markets, provides educational courses, bespoke advice from a group of professionals tailored to the needs of the business, and links to private equity and institutional investors. Of the companies in Italy which have completed the programme, eight have received private equity investment, there have been 25 mergers or joint ventures, and 15 of the companies are now publicly listed.