Businesses who are ready to scale-up are being offered support to attend a new programme launched by Cranfield University. The new programme 'Growth through green: ready to scale’ is aimed at entrepreneurs, micro/SME or freelancers who want to take their business forward and
develop a growth plan for their business.
The programme is being run by the University’s Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship which runs the oldest owner-manager growth programme in the UK, the Business Growth Programme. Featuring a combination of online and on-site learning the 12-week course will see expert business mentors from the University supporting businesses in recognising barriers to growth and developing strategies to overcome them.
There are a limited number of grants available to part-fund businesses who want to attend the programme which starts in late September 2019. Grant funding is being provided by the IMAGE programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is led by Cranfield University.
More details of the programme can be found here https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/readyforscale
Launching the programme, Sabrina Sommer, programme lead, said: “This is an extremely anxious time for UK business with the uncertainty of Brexit particularly impacting on smaller businesses, who do not have access to business development support. During these particularly uncertain times there is even greater importance in getting a sensible business plan together. Our programme can help small businesses through these uncharted waters and help them develop a clear path for growth and sustainable success.”
Alongside their developed growth plan, businesses will also learn about the opportunities open to them in the ‘green’ sector and will understand the benefits to them of operating in a sustainable way.