Recovery and Growth Programme

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



What do our clients say?

“We didn’t know what to expect before we started the High Growth Programme, but now I can whole heartedly recommend the Berkshire Growth Hub. The programme was tailored to our needs and has been very effective. This help meant we secured the investment we needed quicker and can now move forward with our plans.”

Michael Avery, Director, Insight Technology

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What do our clients say?

““The Growth Hub helped us be more analytical in our operations, understand where we have pinch points and identify the steps we needed to resolve them. The advice we received from our business adviser has been invaluable.”

Katherine Knight, Marketing Director at Intelligent Health

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What do our clients say?

“The High Growth programme really worked for us. We were assigned a business adviser, who really knew their stuff and took the time to understand our business. Thanks to the support of the Growth Hub, we expect to triple our turnover in the next couple of years.”
Marianna Pentek, Co-founder, Nomad Health

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