CRSI partners with Enterprise City start-up support scheme, Exchange

Specialist people consultancy will support the Exchange start-ups build, develop and grow high-performing teams

CRSI, the UK’s leading consultancy for high growth businesses, has partnered with Enterprise City to design, build, develop and grow high-performing teams in each of the Exchange business support programme companies.

The specialist people consultancy business, which creates elite teams for ambitious businesses, will share and host a series of exclusive sessions from its extensive portfolio of methodologies and toolkits, which have been designed specifically to accelerate the growth of early stage businesses.

CRSI will support each of the 23 businesses within the Exchange programme, giving guidance and consultancy on topics including employee engagement, organisational design for growth, how to build and retain high performing teams, personal development, exceptional management, wellbeing at work and building a board of directors.

Support will be tailored specifically for each tech, digital and media company’s needs, and will be delivered via fully interactive workshops and one-on-one advice clinics, during the 6 – 12 month programme.

Exchange, the start-up and scale-up support scheme from Enterprise City will come online from Summer 2020, and will be based in state-of-the-art new workspace at the Bonded Warehouse in Enterprise City.

Tanya Grady, head of partnerships at Enterprise City, said: “CRSI will provide guidance on a vital part of business for early stage start-ups – their people. There is so much talk about people and culture within an early stage tech business, yet these are things which are carefully considered and nurtured rather than just happening by chance. Partnering with CRSI enables each of our successful Exchange businesses to receive tailored support to design and develop a high-performing team, which can be scaled as the business grows during its time in the programme and wider Enterprise City cluster.”

Gordon Bateman, CEO at CRSI, said: “A business is the sum of its people, especially at start-up stage when each person and their performance is pivotal to the business’ successes. Therefore, our role is to guide start-ups through the process of designing, building and developing an elite team, capable of being an industry leader, as it scales and raises investment. Through our coaching and toolkits, we will equip the Exchange members with the knowledge to build a business that is capable of high-growth, and will be around for years to come, as the Enterprise City cluster develops and becomes the headquarters of these global firms.”

CRSI has over 28 years’ experience developing high-performance teams, working exclusively with early-stage, high-growth businesses in the tech industry and beyond. It has worked with more than 700 companies in a range of science and technology sectors.

CRSI is also founder of Investor Ladder, one of the UK’s most successful investor networks. Its invite only membership includes a network of angels through to VC, private equity, investment banks and corporate venture, in the science and technology sectors. Investor Ladder holds regular events to bring the UK’s most active investors to the North of England, in an effort to help build and scale the region’s most exciting businesses.

CRSI will join Microsoft Advertising, Tech Nation and RSM as partners of the Exchange scheme at Enterprise City. The businesses will combine to build on Manchester’s status as Europe’s fastest-growing major tech city, and support Exchange members in their journeys to become the UK’s next biggest tech start-ups.

What is Exchange?

Exchange is a programme created to support and empower the UK’s next best digital and tech start-ups. It provides access to the right tools, digital infrastructure, professional support and voices of experience can make the difference between success or failure in businesses’ critical early months, and Exchange aims to make that difference. By granting ambitious early-stage tech companies and entrepreneurs’ access to the tools and expertise they need to learn and develop, Exchange hopes to pave the future of tech and digital in the UK.

How will it be delivered?

The scheme is situated in Bonded Warehouse, part of Enterprise City. In order to qualify for the scheme, businesses must meet at least one of the following criteria: the business has been trading for less than three years, it is headquartered in the UK, it is a digital tech business with a product or service to sell, has at least one active client or pilot in progress, or has ambitions of growing and scaling. Successful applications will receive subsidised workspace at Bonded Warehouse throughout the length of the programme, and supported through the wider Enterprise City district once they become alumni.

Enterprise City is set in the heart of Manchester, and developed by Allied London, an award-winning property development and investment company, Exchange intends to create a collaborative community of like-minded, forward-thinking entrepreneurs and global organisations.

For more information about Exchange and to find out how businesses can join its latest cohort of tech entrepreneurs and global organisations, visit