The Government is launching a campaign to champion small and medium sized businesses and signpost the broad range of support on offer to help them thrive and grow. They want to make 2024 the ‘Year of SMEs’.
The Help to Grow webpage can be found here.
This includes helping small firms to clearly identify what funding they can access, webinars as well as the basics of setting up a business for the first time.
The new site will bring together the support on offer from the government into one place, making it quicker and more convenient to find the resources business leaders and budding entrepreneurs need to succeed.
This support includes the new Help to Grow management courses as announced in the Autumn Statement, which is already live. The Help to Grow: Management scheme is an intensive 12-week programme to improve SME leadership and management skills.
SMEs from all sectors are able to access the programme that is 90% subsidised by government. This has already supported nearly 8,000 businesses, with the ambition to support up to 30,000 over the programme’s lifetime.
The Government has also unveiled a new Small Business Council due to launch next month which will bring together SME leaders from across the country.
The Council builds on the Department’s existing support for SMEs and will provide a bespoke forum for small businesses to have their voices represented within Government.