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Leading to Grow Programme

The Leading to Grow Programme helps small businesses to grow, innovate and increase productivity through adopting digital and new technologies.

This programme helps small business owners explore digital and new technologies suited to their business goals, and to develop the management capabilities they need to implement these technologies within their business.

Participation is free to eligible 'microbusinesses' with between 1 - 9 employees. Places are fully funded by the Business Basics Fund from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Innovate UK. The Leading to Grow Programme is available across England and offered by a consortium of business schools all accredited by the Small Business Charter.

Benefits to employers

As an eligible 'microbusiness' you can access the Leading to Grow Programme and the number of benefits it can bring to your business:

  • Develop your management capabilities to introduce digital and new technologies into your business
  • Help you to analyse the cost and benefits so that you can make informed decisions about the right technology for your business
  • Support you to maximise the benefits of digital and new technology in order to increase productivity and performance of your business
  • Allows you to encourage innovation and improve employee engagement within your business
  • Create insights and knowledge to support other businesses like yours in future

Programme features

Through the Leading to Grow Programme, you'll have access to:

  • A half - day workshop led by small business experts at a local business school
  • Tailored support and expertise specific to businesses of your size
  • A network of small business leaders in your area focused on growth
  • A peer-learning environment and input from successful business leaders based in your region
  • An impartial overview of new technologies that can help you to grow your business
  • Further one-to-one tailored support for selected participants to receive

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Leading to Grow Programme, your business must:

  • Be registered with Companies House and have a trading history of three years or more
  • Employ between 1 and 9 people
  • Not have participated on a formal programme to raise productivity delivered by a business school in the last 12 months

Contact our team

To apply for the Leading to Grow Programme, send your details to whereby you'll be asked to complete a short application form.

You can also book a place on one of our Leading to Grow Workshops.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418