Richard Harpin has completed the acquisition of Business Leader, a leading B2B media and events company. Business Leader is a leading resource for ambitious founders, entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals across the UK.

In addition to its print and digital media publications, Business Leader operates high-profile business events including the Business Leader Awards, Scale-Up UK Summit and Scale-Up Awards. In acquiring Business Leader, Harpin will launch a new peer-to-peer community for founders, entrepreneurs, CEOs and the C-suite of high-growth, medium-sized businesses, enabling them to connect, collaborate and learn from one another. Backed by Harpin, Business Leader will grow its platform with the objective of supporting the growth ambitions of the UK’s 110,000 medium-sized businesses, helping them become highly productive large companies.

Richard Harpin, Founder and Chairman of HomeServe and Growth Partner, said, “Policymakers have for decades focused on measures to support startups and big business, meaning Britain has failed to scale many of its most promising medium-sized companies. Having taken HomeServe from a £50,000 investment into a £4bn business, I know how important it is to have access to the right advice, mentorship and networking opportunities. If helped to scale, ‘the forgotten middle’ of 110,0000 medium-sized businesses in the UK can be a huge driver of job creation, increased productivity, and economic growth. Business Leader’s loyal following and multi-channel approach means it is uniquely placed to become the go-to platform for ambitious founders and entrepreneurs to get the help they need to take their business to the next level.”

Andrew Scott, Founder and Chairman of Business Leader, said, “Since 2012 we have built a community of tens of thousands of high-growth businesses via our magazine, online content and events. It has been my mission to support entrepreneurs, and with Richard, we have found the perfect partner to help more founders scale up, by providing informative media content and creating a diverse community where CEOs and professionals can connect, engage and learn.”

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