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Growth boost for 150+ Liverpool SMEs thanks to Help to Grow.

More than 150 Liverpool businesses have taken advantage of the 90% government funded Help to Grow: Management programme.

Now in its third year and currently supporting its tenth cohort, the wrap around programme of learning, mentoring and peer collaboration – which is funded by the Department for Business and Trade and in partnership with the Small Business Charter and the Chartered Association of Business Schools – is enabling leaders in the region to navigate economic uncertainty and continue to thrive.

Delivered in the city region by the University of Liverpool Management School, a recent IPSOS MORI Survey into the programme found:

  • Over 70% of attendees said they had greater confidence in leading and managing their business.
  • Over 50% had made changes in the way they manage, organise, or operate their business.
  • Over 60% said they had improved their leadership and management skills.
  • And almost two thirds said they had increased awareness of factors that drive business productivity.

Professor Robert Blackburn, Director of the Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool said:

“It’s a challenging time for business leaders, so it’s great to see that Help to Grow is providing not just insight but practical support that’s making a tangible difference in this tough economic climate.”

Ambitious SMEs who are looking for support are invited to apply for the next Help to Grow Programme kicking off in May.

Vahid Nagori, CEO of Green Bell Packaging said:

“On Help to Grow I learnt so many new things and after completing the course we managed to increase our revenue by three times. Our annual turnover is now £1 million, and we’ve added two new job roles.”

Hazel Walker Group Chief Executive Officer at Glenville Walker & Partners said:

“It’s helped us in all kinds of ways. Everything from increasing our brand awareness, helping us to analyse new markets to break into, and attracting the right talent to fuel our next stage of growth.”

Businesses can find out more and register interest in the May programme here.