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LCR High Growth Programme

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The LCR High Growth Programme is designed to support businesses in Liverpool City Region demonstrating high growth potential to innovate, adapt, and grow.

Through offering a range of support measures designed to drive innovation and growth, our account managers will work with business leaders to take a forensic look at their business and connect them with support that will best create growth.

The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

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Paul Radcliffe and Claire Pedersen, High Growth Account Managers, Growth Platform

How does it work?

Kate Currie, Lisa Ashby-Dowling and Steve Walsh, High Growth Account Managers, Growth Platform

Free Business Diagnostic & Account Management

The first step of your journey is to contact Growth Platform’s account managers who will work with you to perform a detailed business diagnostic to understand all elements of the business activity and your high growth potential.

Dedicated account managers will act as a central point of contact, guiding you through the different elements of the programme depending on your needs.

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Once you have completed the business diagnostic your account manager can refer you into one or more of the following support services.

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Edge Hill University SME Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC)

Edge Hill University’s SME PIC can offer a 6–8-week intensive intervention experience, that will analyse growth and productivity challenges, utilise data-driven decision making, boost productivity and produce clear actions on strategic direction, operational tactics, and investment readiness

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Liverpool City Region Capital Grant Fund

St Helens Chamber can provide funding to businesses across the City Region to stimulate productivity-led growth. The fund is intended to remove barriers businesses may face when looking to scale, and act as a catalyst for business growth.

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High Growth Innovation Fund

Delivered by Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company, the High Growth Innovation Fund will provide grants to support local businesses who have innovative solutions to adapt and grow during recovery and beyond.

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The programme is open to businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • Based in the Liverpool City Region
  • An SME that has grown >20% per year for the last 3 years OR has this potential to grow in the next 3 years (growth measured by jobs created or turnover)
  • Have an aspiration to grow the business

We want to hear from high growth businesses in all sectors, especially those working in: net zero; innovation; advanced manufacturing; health & life sciences; creative, digital and tech.

This work is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund. The Liverpool City Region (LCR) High Growth Programme is receiving up to £5,504,829 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department of Levelling up Housing and Communities (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit the Government Webpage.

The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK.

Alongside over €1.5 billion of European Regional Development Fund support for businesses and communities across the North, the government has awarded £3.4 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority1s Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) is the key funding tool for promoting economic growth for the Liverpool City Region. It supports the delivery of the City Region1s strategic priorities as well as unlocking economic potential and accelerating growth.