1:1 Support for Recovery and Growth

Our Recovery and Growth Programme provides 12 hours of impartial and tailored support for eligible businesses based in Berkshire. Clients on the programme receive a mix of one-to-one meetings with an assigned business adviser from the Growth Hub, free masterclasses and one-to-one advice clinics with industry experts.

Whether your plans have been knocked off course by the coronavirus pandemic and you need to build business resilience, or you’ve identified new opportunities and you’re looking to grow your business, our team of professionals are here to help you not just survive, but thrive!

Fully funded business support that really gets results

Since March 2017, over 100 businesses have received support through our Recovery and Growth Programme (formerly known as the High Growth Programme) – with clients evidencing positive outcomes. We’ve helped businesses to grow, access funding, expand their teams, launch new products, break into new markets (both in the UK and abroad), develop a growth strategy, improve productivity, streamline systems and increase profitability.

We’re proud to have received a 98% satisfaction rating from our High Growth clients. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out our client case studies here and the testimonials at the bottom of this page to hear from the business owners we’ve supported.

What does this programme include?

The Recovery and Growth Programme provides intensive support and only a small number of places are available each month to qualifying businesses.

The service is tailored to your business and your specific needs, but typically includes:

  • Impartial advice and support via one-to-one meetings with an experienced business adviser. We call them ‘business champions’ because their only objective is to help you achieve your goals and implement your growth plans.
  • One-to-one meetings with industry experts via our advice clinics. We have a network of industry experts to provide you with tailored advice in areas such as marketing, law, HR, export, intellectual property, cyber security, GDPR, social media and finance.
  • Priority access to our masterclasses to enable you to develop your knowledge in a range of business areas, from sales and marketing to raising finance or HR.
  • The opportunity to network with other successful business owners at our events.
  • Development of a bespoke recovery and/or growth plan which defines the scope of support and business priorities.
  • Support to become investment ready and signposting to relevant financial support options.
  • Growthmapper – A diagnostic tool, which can identify business needs, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and barriers to growth. The COVID-19 Growthmapper tool can assess business state and resilience in the face of the current crisis to help plan survival, stabilisation and recovery.
  • Referrals to relevant providers for further support to complement your growth plans.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for this specialist support, you need to:

  • Be a Berkshire-based business, social enterprise or charity
  • Be a business with the potential to grow over the next two to three years or an innovation-led start-up with intellectual capital to underpin the business.
  • A strong desire to grow at least 20% year on year.
  • Have the potential for a scalable business model.
  • Have the potential to create new jobs.
  • Currently employ fewer than 250 staff.

The programme is suitable for businesses operating in almost all industry sectors. However, due to funding criteria, there are a few ineligible sectors, which include retail, banking, insurance, childminding and nurseries, fisheries, coal, steel and shipbuilding.

Our business adviser will be able to let you know if your business is eligible for the programme or any other support. Don’t worry if you are not eligible for this programme, you may still be eligible for our other services. Simply contact us to find out how we can support you.

Is there any cost to my business?

The programme is fully funded through the European Regional Development Fund and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which means there is no cost to your business.

Register your interest now

If you think you would be eligible for this programme, please register your interest by completing our enquiry form here.

After registering, you will be contacted by a Berkshire Growth Hub business adviser to tell you more about the programme, discuss your business and check your eligibility.

 

Transform Masterclasses

As part of the support available for high growth businesses, the Thames Valley Berkshire Growth Hub is delighted to launch the ‘Transform Masterclass series’.

The Transform Masterclass series is a programme of five morning sessions which will be co-delivered by the Growth Hub team along with leading subject experts and will provide senior managers with the key skills and tools they need to plan for growth.

 

  1. Design Thinking co-delivered with an Innovation adviser and Design consultant with expertise in design-led approach to business planning.
  2. Funding & Finance options co-delivered with a seasoned specialist in funding, business planning and strategic finance for small and medium-sized businesses.
  3. Business Model Strategy co-delivered with the current Investment Manager at Thames Valley Investment Network, previously run two start-up companies in the software sector and is experienced in taking firms through the ‘Business Model Canvas’.
  4. Digital Marketing co-delivered with a director level experienced Marketing consultant, with specialism in helping SMEs harness digital.
  5. International Trade co-delivered with Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce [SP1] Group that represents one of the world’s most impressive and vibrant international business communities along the M4 corridor. Their market specialists on Japan and China desks are helping business with international markets.