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Help to Grow

The UK government has launched the Help to Grow scheme - split into a digital and management programme - to help businesses recover after the coronavirus pandemic.

Help to Grow: Digital

Under the digital programme, from Autumn 2021 small businesses will be able to get free impartial advice on how technology can boost their performance through a new online platform.

Eligible businesses will also be able to get a discount of up to 50 per cent on the costs of approved software, worth up to £5,000.

Vouchers are initially expected to be available for software that helps businesses:

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

Who is the programme for?
All businesses will be able to benefit from free online advice on the platform. The voucher is expected to be available to UK business that:

  • employ between five and 249 employees and are registered at Companies House
  • have been trading for more than 12 months
  • are purchasing the discounted software for the first time

How to apply
The programme isn't open for applications yet, but you can register your interest online now.

Help to Grow: Management

From June 2021, small and medium-sized businesses will be able to access a 12-week executive development programme delivered by leading business schools across the UK, accredited by the Small Business Charter.

The programme will be provided under the government’s new Help to Grow scheme and will combine a practical curriculum, with 1:1 support from a business mentor, peer-learning sessions and an alumni network.

Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, this programme will support small business leaders to develop their strategic skills with key modules covering financial management, innovation and digital adoption. By the end of the programme, participants will develop a tailored business growth plan to lead their business to its full potential.

The programme will help 30,000 businesses over the next three years to:

  • develop a growth plan
  • improve resilience
  • learn how to innovate
  • inspire employee engagement
  • build marketing and financial strategies
  • adopt digital technologies

Companies will be able to access the training from leading business schools across the country through a mix of online and face-to-face tuition, as well as support from a mentor.

Participants will have to pay £750, with the remaining 90 per cent funded by the government.

Who is the programme for?
UK businesses from any sector that have been operating for more than one year, with between five to 249 employees are eligible. Charities are not eligible.

 

How to apply

The programme isn't open for applications yet, but you can register your interest online now.