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Help to Grow - Gov launches new SME growth support
16th March 2021

Take your business to the next level with the government's new Help to Grow programme.

The Help to Grow programme will help small and medium sized businesses across the UK learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits. Your business could benefit from two strands of support:

Help to Grow: Management

  • Starting in June, this 12 week-programme will be delivered by leading business schools across the UK
  • The programme will combine a practical curriculum with 1:1 support from a business mentor, peer-learning sessions and an alumni network.
  • The programme is designed to help small business leaders 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.
  • UK businesses from any sector that have been operating for more than 1 year, with 5 to 249 employees are eligible. 
  • The programme is 90% subsidised by government - participants will be charged £750.


Help to Grow: Digital 

  • Starting in Autumn, 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% on the costs of approved software, worth up to £5,000. Vouchers are initially expected to be available for software that help businesses:
    • build customer relationships and increase sales
    • make the most of selling online
    • manage their accounts and finances digitally
  • All SME businesses will be eligible for free advice. To be eligible for a voucher the business must have been trading for more than 12 months and be purchasing the discounted software for the first time. Full eligibility criteria will be published in the summer.


Businesses can currently register interest for both programmes.


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