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Free support to help early-stage businesses with high growth ambitions in Worcestershire opens for applicants

Enterprising Worcestershire logo Published Monday, 20th June 2022

The High Growth Activate Programme supports ambitious, high-value Worcestershire based businesses less than two years old, to achieve significant sustainable growth.

Following the success of its first cohort of businesses, the council have announced that applications are now open for the next cohort of businesses.

The programme consists of tailored one to one support, a series of workshops and peer sessions.

One local business that has benefited from the consultancy support is UV Hygienics.

Tom Field from UV Hygienics said: “What a pleasure and privilege it has been to be part of the programme. It really has surpassed my expectations in terms of content quality but also the positive impact I can see that it's had on my professional development and the strategic decisions I have made for the business.”

Support for this programme is delivered by expert providers Bizsmart and Rockfine Group.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills said: “Having such support available for our early-stage high growth businesses is extremely positive for Worcestershire which is why I am delighted to see we are now offering the programme to a second cohort.”

“The feedback received from the previous cohort has shown this programme has been a great success. Applicants have not only taken away new insight, but they have also been encouraged to act by ensuring that businesses complete the support with a solid foundation for future growth.

“I would urge all early-stage, high growth businesses in Worcestershire to make the most of this invaluable support.” 

To be eligible to apply, you must be a Small Medium Enterprise, have traded for less than two years and trade at least 70% business to business.

To see the full eligibility criteria and for more information on the programme, visit the High Growth Activate Programme pages on the Business Central website.

The High Growth Activate programme forms part of a wider package of support on offer to early-stage businesses delivered by the councils’ Enterprising Worcestershire Project.

On offer to early-stage businesses through Enterprising Worcestershire include:

12 hours of bespoke business coaching, to SMEs less than five years old.

Grant funding to help businesses less than three years with investments.

EnRich workshops run in partnership with the University of Worcester are on offer to support young entrepreneurs, 16+, to set up a business.