Help to Grow

Help to Grow is a £520 million government lead scheme providing two business support programmes –
Help to Grow: Management and Help to Grow: Digital.

Both programmes are designed to help business leaders learn new skills, reach more customers and take their business to the next level.

Delivery partners for the Help to Grow programme in the Solent region include the University of Portsmouth and Southampton Solent University. To find out more about their specific offers, and to sign up, click on the links below:

University of Portsmouth

Solent University Southampton

Help to Grow: Management

Help to Grow: Management offers senior business leaders management and leadership training, delivered by Business Schools across the UK.

The Help to Grow: Management Course supports senior managers of small and medium sized businesses to boost their business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

The 12-week programme is designed to be taken alongside full-time work through a combination of online sessions and face-to-face learning. The cost to attend is also 90% funded by the Government.

The in-depth high quality curriculum will support you to build your capabilities in leadership, innovation, digital adoption, employee engagement, marketing, responsible business, and financial management. By the end of the programme you will develop a business growth plan to help you lead your business to release its potential.

Help to Grow: Digital

Help to Grow: Digital offers businesses free, impartial advice on how technology can boost business, delivered through a new online platform.

The Help to Grow: Digital website provides you with free, impartial advice, guidance, and tools, to explore the huge potential digital technology has to help your business to grow. Designed with industry and independent experts, they will keep adding to the advice and guidance available.

Take the first step and get help to: 

  • identify the digital technology needs of your business 
  • make informed decisions about which software products best meet those needs 
  • successfully incorporate these products into your business 

Help to Grow: Digital also offers you financial help to buy digital technology. If you are eligible, you can access a discount of up to 50% on the costs of buying approved software, worth up to £5,000, on the Help to Grow: Digital website. 

Prosperity Loan and SME Priority Sectors Loan Funds

Loans for large projects, and for SMEs and entrepreneurs, that will support our 2050 vision, ambitions and aspirations of those working and living in the region. Click on this link where you will find a tab for each of the Loans.

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