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Help to Grow – A Great New Government SME Initiative

Help to Grow is a £520 million scheme to help owners of small and medium-sized business take their business to the next level. Two Government backed programmes – Help to Grow: Management and Help to Grow: Digital both designed to help business leaders learn new skills, reach more customers and boost profits.

Dids Macdonald, OBE., CEO of ACID said, “I recently attended a stakeholders’ engagement webinar about this innovative Government scheme and was impressed by the case studies subsequently shared. It seems excellent value for money. After all, in these highly competitive times, being able to access help from skilled professionals is a no brainer! Why not find out more here.”

Help to Grow: Management offers senior business leaders management and leadership training, delivered by Business Schools across the UK

What is Help to Grow: Management? (link to further information here)

  • Developed in partnership with industry, this new leadership and management training programme is designed to be manageable alongside full-time work
  • The programme is delivered by the UK’s leading schools that have Small Business Charter accreditation – this provides assurance that the schools have a proven track record in delivering programmes to SMEs
  • The programme is delivered through a combination of virtual webinar sessions, peer-networking calls and face-to-face case study workshops. Participants also receive ten hours of 1:1 support from a business mentor apply what they have learnt to their business. By the end of the course, participants will have developed a Growth Action Plan that is uniquely tailored to help them lead and grow their business
  • Following completion of the programme, businesses gain access to expert advice through the alumni network
  • The course is 90% funded by the government, with a one-off fee of only £750

What is Help to Grow: Digital offers business free, impartial advice on how technology can boost business, delivered through a new online platform (link to further information here)

  • A flagship government support scheme for small businesses, aims to tackle the information and financial barriers small businesses face in successfully adopting productivity-enhancing digital technologies
  • The scheme is delivered through a new online platform, where businesses can compare and choose from a range of approved software products from leading technology suppliers
  • Eligible businesses are also able to claim a financial discount covering up to 50% the costs of approved, technology solutions up to a maximum of £5,000

You can view the Help to Grow presentation here.

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