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...