How to apply for the Help to Grow Scheme

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

Following the Chancellor’s announcement of the scheme in the budget in March, managers of small and medium-sized businesses can now register for two new programmes:

  • Help to Grow: Management
  • Help to Grow: Digital

What is Help to Grow: Management?

This part of the scheme is a new 12-week programme aimed at leaders who want to improve their management, strategic skills, and to drive their business forward.

Starting 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
  • adopt digital technologies

Companies will be able to access the training from leading business schools across the country through a mix of online and face-to-face tuition, as well as support from a mentor.

There is a cost of £750 to participants, with the remaining 90 per cent funded by the government.

How do I apply?

The programme isn’t open for applications yet but you can register your interest here:

To join the programme, you must be a senior manager or key decision maker in your business.

To be eligible, your business must:

  • have been operating for more than one year
  • be based in the UK
  • have between five and 249 employees
  • not be a charity

What is Help to Grow: Digital?

The Digital part of the Help to Grow scheme will launch in the autumn. It’s expected to be an online platform that will give businesses advice on how “technology can boost their performance”.

Some businesses will also be eligible for a voucher, giving them up to a 50 per cent discount on approved software. It could save businesses up to £5,000 on the cost of new technology.

The government says the discounts will be available on packages that’ll help businesses:

  • build customer relationships and increase sales
  • make the most of selling online
  • manage their accounts and finances digitally

How do I apply?

Further details will be announced in the summer but the government has already said that the free online advice platform will be open to all businesses.


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