We empower entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

Wherever you are on your entrepreneurial journey, we can help you realize your personal and professional aspirations.

Our approach

Hats off to the Upton Growth Partners team. They helped our business break through the barrier of being a reasonably successful local company, to becoming a competitive player on the global stage in our industry.

Our approach

Whatever the challenge, we equip our clients to grow and lead.

Whether we’re serving as advisors to senior leadership, or in more ‘roll up your sleeves’ roles, we do what’s necessary to chart long term, sustainable growth. Far too few SME’s manage to scale successfully, and traditional consulting approaches are inadequate in helping them make the leap to the next level. Our senior leaders are themselves experienced, successful entrepreneurs who have scaled organizations, and hence have good instincts for what is required in your context.

Our key focus areas

  • Leadership

    A core tenet of ours is empowering entrepreneurs rather than building dependence. With this in mind, our interventions begin by understanding the aspirations and challenges of leaders, and doing what is necessary to strengthen not only their businesses, but the leaders themselves.

  • Strategy

    Whether you plan to grow organically, by acquisition or otherwise, we systematically review your market focus, differentiation and more, ensuring that you have a sound strategy upon which to build.

  • Operations

    Application of select big business efficiency methodologies, applied in a size-sensible way to SME businesses, often have a remarkable impact on the bottom line.

  • Finance

    For sustained health and growth, a platform of solid financial practice is required. This includes introducing entrepreneurs to strategic growth metrics upon which to focus as they embrace a systematic growth path.

Our leadership

Peter Upton

CA (SA)

Managing Director

As the founder of Upton Growth Partners, Peter’s personal passion for the entrepreneurial space has shaped much of what our business has become. Peter’s post-articles career began gaining global experience, initially in the UK. At Carnaud MetalBox, the world’s largest packaging company, he was responsible for designing and implementing reporting standards across Europe.

He was transferred to the US as part of an international team, tasked with building the Group’s first “World-Class Manufacturing” facility. On completion of his overseas assignment, he had attained the position of Plant Manager of this $45 million turnover operation.

Back in South Africa, as CFO of the KSDP Group, a multinational design agency, Peter gained both business turnaround and sales experience. With the mandate of readying the company for sale, within two years he had more than doubled its net operating margin and the business was sold at an earnings multiple of 18, unheard of at that time.

Having enjoyed a taste of entrepreneurship, he co-founded Switch, a multi-disciplined design agency. Ten years later, at an annual turnover of R80 million, the group was the largest independently-owned design agency on the continent with offices in Kenya, Nigeria and London.

Peter then founded Upton Growth Partners, and today leads a team focused on helping other entrepreneurs achieve their growth aspirations.

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