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BreakThrough Programme

Ready to grow your business? Join NTU's BreakThrough Programme

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BreakThrough is a new business support programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Greater Nottingham Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (SUDS). It is managed and delivered by Nottingham Trent University’s Enterprise Team at Dryden Enterprise Centre.

BreakThrough is an exclusive programme for established small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nottingham looking to benefit from expertise to drive their economic growth and bring their business vision to reality. It is designed to help businesses identify key obstacles to their growth possibilities and find ways to overcome them.

About the programme

BreakThrough runs on a cohort basis for 3 months and will be delivered 3 times per year. Each programme offers a flexible package of support combining workshops, talks, mentoring and 1:1 support.

A detailed diagnostic discussion at the outset will take businesses through a series of questions, looking at current position and where they would like to get to.

Workshop topics will address the key challenges identified during the diagnostic process, coordinated and tailored to meet the specific growth needs of the cohort.

Who is eligible for support?

BreakThrough is for micro businesses and SMEs who are trading and post start-up, have a proven market opportunity and the ambition and potential to grow.

Eligible businesses must have:

  • A vision to believe in – for people who are invested in developing their business and need support to bring their vision to reality.
  • An ambition to grow – a desire to grow services or products, customers, markets and team in order to meet goals.
  • An awareness of customer needs – a commitment to enhancing user experience, customer journey and delivering value.
  • A desire to innovate – a willingness to embrace new ideas, new technology and new products and services.

Does your business qualify?

BreakThrough is funded by the European Regional Development Fund until June 2023. Support is available to SMEs based in the Greater Nottingham (SUDS) area, which includes all of Nottingham City and Broxtowe Borough, and parts of Ashfield, Rushcliffe, and Gedling. You can view the SUDS map here for a full list of eligible locations.

To qualify for support your business must be:

  • Registered and trading (a Limited Company or Self-Employed)
  • An SME (a small and medium sized enterprise with less than 250 employees)
  • In the Greater Nottingham SUDS area (see above for details).
  • Able to commit the time to attend all sessions face to face and online

If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for BreakThrough support, please email Jane.brown@ntu.ac.uk. If BreakThrough is not suitable, we may be able to offer you support from our other programmes or signpost you to other business support activities across NTU.

Upcoming cohorts

Cohort 2: July – Sept 2022

Cohort 3: Oct – Dec 2022

Cohort 4: Jan – Mar 2023

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 (July – Sept 2022) is aimed at businesses that want to develop or enhance ICT products and services to help build sustainable economic growth.

Selection to join cohort 2 will consider businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • Using ICT technological capabilities to create commercial opportunities
  • Taking advantage of digital connectivity in order to grow
  • Increasing the use of new and emerging technologies to broaden product and service offer

A competitive grants programme will also be offered as part of cohort 2.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the programme, please complete our online application form with your details, specifying which cohort you would be interested in joining.

Apply to join Breakthrough

Contact us

If you have any questions about BreakThrough or require assistance in completing the application form, please email Jane Brown, NTU Enterprise Advisor: Jane.brown@ntu.ac.uk

Our Breakthrough programme Privacy Notice can be accessed here.