Help to Grow

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The 2021 Budget announced the launch of the ‘Help to Grow’ scheme, and applications are now open.

The programme will help small and medium-sized businesses with management or digital training.

Help to Grow - Management

This is an executive development programme to help improve business performance and growth potential.

The government will cover 90% of the cost of the training.

What is it?

It’s a 12-week training programme delivered by business schools across the UK, and it starts in June 2021.

It will be a combination of peer-learning sessions, 1:1 support from a business mentor, a practical curriculum and an alumni network.

It’s supposed to be manageable alongside your normal full-time work.

The objective is to develop strategic skills, including:

  • Financial management
  • Innovation
  • Digital adoption\

By the end of the course, participants will develop a business growth plan to lead their business to its full potential.

There are 30,000 places available over 3 years, and 90% of the cost is covered by the government. That means that participants need to pay £750 each.

Who’s eligible?

Any UK business, from any sector, as long as:

  • You have been operating for more than 1 year
  • You have between 5 and 249 employees
  • You are a key decision maker, such as CEO or Finance Director.

To apply, go here.

Help to Grow - Digital

What is it?

This will start this Autumn, and will do two things:

  1. Provide free advice to businesses on how technology can boost their performance through a new online platform.
  2. Provide a discount of up to 50% on the costs of approved software, worth up to £5,000. The software should do one of the following:

  • build customer relationships and increase sales
  • make the most of selling online
  • manage their accounts and finances digitally

Who’s eligible?

Any UK business, from any sector, as long as:

  • You are registered at Companies House
  • You have been operating for more than 1 year
  • You have between 5 and 249 employees
  • You are purchasing the discounted software for the first time.

To apply, go here.

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