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Government SME support scheme open for registrations

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

Small businesses in the UK can now register their interest in joining "Help to Grow", the government's new scheme to help SME's prosper post-pandemic.

The scheme is expected to provide digital and management training for small businesses to help boost productivity after the coronavirus pandemic.

Staring in June, the government says 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,

  • Adapt digital technologies.

Help to Grow will enable small businesses to access a 12 week programme delivered by leading business schools across the UK. The programme, which is 90% subsidised by the government, will combine: -

  • A practical curriculum,

  • One-to-one support from a business mentor,

  • Peer-learning sessions,

  • An alumni network.

In addition to being able to access advice through an 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 helps businesses: -

  • Build customer relationships and increase sales,

  • Make the most of selling online,

  • Manage their accounts and finances digitally.



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