Wanted: small businesses keen on a bigger future

Tuesday 18th of November 2014 12:00 AM

Aston Business School is pleased to announce that applications for the Small Business Charter Growth Vouchers Programme are now open for small business owners who are passionate about growing their business.

Thousands of enterprises have already benefited from strategic support from business schools. This new roll out of the Government’s Growth Vouchers Programme, through six leading business schools holding the Small Business Charter, will allow small businesses to access world-class business support from leading university institutions.

Businesses can apply via the online application portal www.sbcgrowthvouchers.co.uk, giving them the opportunity to take part in a tailored Growth Voucher programme.

This initiative offers £2,000 of Government match funding to small businesses, providing them with access to high quality leadership and management training.

Aston Business School holds Gold Award status within the Small Business Charter. The School received the Award in recognition of the role it has played in helping to support enterprise activity among its student population and its innovative approach towards driving growth in SMEs across the Midlands.

Teaming up with the Government’s Growth Vouchers programme is yet another way in which Aston Business School is helping to support the small business community.

Eligible businesses can apply for a £2,000 voucher to match fund the cost of strategic advice in the following areas:

- Review of growth opportunity – competitor analysis tools
- Cash flow and general financial management
- Marketing strategies for small business
- Managing people – HR strategies for a growing small business
- Process mapping – understanding where I add value in my business
- Raising the finance for growth
- Planning next steps – with a business mentor

Businesses can find the online application form by visiting www.sbcgrowthvouchers.co.uk, or contact growthvouchers@aston.ac.uk for further information.

Category: Business Growth