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BEIS Improve the Help to Grow Scheme

05 Aug 2022

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Key improvements to the Help to Grow scheme have been made in recent weeks, enabling even more firms to benefit from an even greater offer.   

Help to Grow: Digital  

  •  Businesses with at least 1 employee are now eligible for software discounts through Help to Grow Digital. Previously the requirement had been for at least 5 employees. This has boosted the number of eligible businesses by 760,000, so now up to 1.24 million can apply.     
  •  e-Commerce software has been added to the scheme, to help businesses sell their products and services online. This includes helping them to manage their inventory, take payments and gather data and insights on customers' needs. Businesses that adopt e-Commerce software see on average a 7.5% increase in employee sales over 3 years. This means businesses can now get up to a £5,000 discount on 30 software solutions from 14 leading technology suppliers for e-Commerce, Digital Accounting and CRM software. 
  •  Looking ahead, the Help to Grow: Digital scheme is set to support one-to-one advice for small and medium-size businesses on digital tech adoption. We have already invited applications for advice platforms to partner with us, with the aim to have this service in place for SMEs later this year.    

Help to Grow: Management:   

  • Businesses with 10 or more employees can now secure places on the Help to Grow: Management course for up to 2 business leaders, both at the same 90% discounted rate.  
  •  Previous participants on the Small Business Leadership Programme are now also eligible to join. 

Background information  

 Small and medium sized businesses play a vital role in the growth and prosperity of the UK economy. Through Help to Grow, the government is supporting businesses to boost productivity, with management training and new software both proven to get results. In these challenging times for many businesses, that has never been more important. 

  • Help to Grow: Management offers 90% government funded leadership and management training at over 50 of the UK’s world class business schools. Participants receive help to develop a bespoke action plan, are offered mentoring and get the chance to network with other business leaders.  
  • Help to Grow: Digital provides free expert advice, support and 50% discounts up to £5,000 on digital technology solutions proven to boost productivity 

You can access further information on both schemes here.

We have also developed a range of resources to help organisations such as yours to inform businesses that might benefit about these offers.  This includes messaging and videos to share on your website, social media channels and in newsletters, as well as leaflets and branding guidance. Take a look. Further resources will be added and updated over time. 

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Source: BEIS Help to Grow