Growth vouchers now up for grabs
The government has launched its latest initiative to support small firms by offering subsidised business support in the form of Growth Vouchers.
As announced in the 2013 Budget the £30m scheme, first suggested by the British Chambers of Commerce and championed by Lord Young, is offering 20,000 small businesses a 50% subsidy up to £2,000 towards the cost of obtaining advice from accredited advisers.
The new ‘Yellow Pages’ style programme will match business leaders with mentors to help them grow through a marketplace-style website, powered by small business network Enterprise Nation, on the following topics:
- finance and cash flow
- recruiting and developing staff
- improving leadership and management skills
- marketing, attracting and keeping customers
- making the most of digital technology
The scheme has identified members of the following professional bodies as eligible to apply: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, CIPD, BIMA, ICAEW, ACCA, CIM (Marketing) and the Chartered Management Institute.
Clive Lewis, ICAEW head of enterprise, said...