All businesses start with ideas and visions. However, as they grow in size and complexity, the need to convert the vision into strategy and the governance mechanism to deliver becomes crucial.
Joint ACCA-Barclays-ecoDa-SMEunited event
On 28 November 2018, ACCA, Barclays, ecoDa and SMEunited organised an event on Scale-Ups: converting vision into strategy and governance, to discuss how policy-makers, investors and corporates can support high-growth companies in Europe. A particular focus was given on measures to address Europe's equity financing gap as well as need to remove regulatory and legal barriers from start up to scale up.
Welcome speeches were given by Maggie McGhee, Executive Director Governance, ACCA, and MEP Neena Gill, CBE (video message).
Salla Saastamoinen, Director for Civil and Commercial Justice, DJ JUST, European Commission, moderated the panel session welcoming Armando Melone, SME access to finance and COSME Financial instruments, DG GROW, European Commission; Juliet Rogan, Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs, Barclays; Inge Stoop, Senior Project Coordinator, Guberna; Marcello Bianchi, EuropeanIssuers & Deputy Director General at Assonime; and Luc Hendrickx, Director of Enterprise Policy and International Affairs, SMEunited. Jo Iwasaki, head of corporate governance at ACCA, gave a presentation of the report on How vision and strategy helps small businesses succeed: Governance needs of SMEs.
Lucas Lenchant from the EIB Group and Michel de Fabiani, chairman ecoDa policy committee, gave concluding remarks.
WATCH the video and read the full report (see below)