Pan-European ELITE platform is presented in Spain

Mar 04 2015 - 13:00

-        ELITE is a pan-European platform accelerating companies’ growth by connecting them with advisors and investors, and providing qualified training

-         Over 200 companies, 150 advisors, and 70 investors are already part of the ELITE community

-        Exclusive programme for growth-oriented European companies

-        Collaboration with FT – IE Corporate Learning Alliance, to create dedicated Spanish programme


Today ELITE, the London Stock Exchange Group’s pan-European platform dedicated to SMEs, has been presented at IE Business School in Madrid.

Launched in 2012, ELITE is designed to sustain and accelerate companies’ growth through an innovative two year programme of managerial development, helping to foster competitiveness, visibility, and attractiveness toward investors.

The ELITE companies create a community of more than 200 European businesses brought together by the programme with the ultimate ambition of facilitating their growth and creating a new cultural approach to financial markets.

150 advisors (banks, financial advisers, legal firms, etc.) and 70 investors help make up the ELITE community and contribute to create a vibrant environment where companies can access visibility and networking opportunities.

In Spain, the programme is tailored to the local and highly-diversified economic structure of the country, to offer to SMEs the capabilities required to interact with the international financial community.

ELITE partners in Spain are: FT – IE Corporate Learning Alliance; Cepyme; UK Trade & Investment; Instituto de la Empresa Familiar, Informa, and a number of advisers and investors who are keen to support companies in their growth path.

Barbara Lunghi, Head of the ELITE programme, said:
“ELITE in Spain addresses ambitious companies with a strong desire to grow and internationalize. It is positioned at the centre of a broader pan-European ELITE structure, helping SMEs cooperate and prepare to raise capital to face international challenges. Spain’s industrial and geographical diversification, and panoply of small to medium sized, often family-run businesses with growing ambitions to play a role on the international stage, will strongly benefit from the access to such a dynamic community.”


How ELITE works

ELITE aims to enhance the growth prospects of companies through a unique three stage package including education, business support, coaching and access to advisers, investors and business leaders:

Stage 1
A comprehensive training programme, delivered by FT – IE Corporate Learning Alliance and coordinated by Academy, London Stock Exchange, to stimulate organisational review and change.

Stage 2
Companies progressively adopt new management practices in order to be prepared to access long term financing opportunities.

Stage 3
Companies capitalise on the benefits of the first two phases to support the development of new business opportunities and to prepare for access to a broader set of advisers and investors.

To find out more about ELITE:

To find out more about the ELITE programme in Spain:


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