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The Scale-up endorsement is for UK businesses who cannot meet the Home Office’s usual definition of a Scale-up business, but have a genuine need to recruit overseas workers through the Scale-up route 

The businesses must already be established in the UK market and be able to clearly demonstrate the potential/ability to achieve the requirements for a scale-up business in the next 4 years. This route will allows them to sponsor individuals applying for a Scale-up visa at RQF level 6+.

Scale-up businesses are granted a sponsor license for a maximum period of 4 years in duration. This license only allows them to sponsor individuals applying for a Scale-up visa, however, they can apply and hold other types of license (such as Skilled Worker).

For further details download our application pack.

The programme has been designed for overseas innovators who have developed or co-founded a new exciting business idea which is viable, scalable and innovative

Application Process

How we assess applications

We recognise that every person and every plan is individual. We assess your application against the following criteria using our Maturity Matrix© assessment methodologies:


Mandatory Requirements

Can your business meet the mandatory requirements set for the Scale-up Visa programme?


Additional Requirements

Can your business meet 3 or the 5 additional requirements set for the programme?


Talent & Skills

Does the business have the right people and plans to grow with evidence for the roles required?



How are the leaders incorporating the Scale-Up mindset throughout the business?


Access to Markets

What is the plan for internationalisation or globalisation of the product or service?



Does the plan demonstrate, and provide realistic forecasts for, the required level of growth?



Does the company have the infrastructure to support the growth potential?

Innovator Stories

Thanks for your excellent support, which gave me the opportunity to become a successful entrepreneur - I’m feeling really excited to work with you and to establish a successful business in the UK.
Nasir, Profitcura
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