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Growth Vouchers to support your marketing/sales strategy

Growth Vouchers to support your marketing/sales strategy

This scheme is due to finish 15th March 2015 and from reports I hear there is still a considerable amount of funding available.
I’m an approved Growth Voucher Adviser for “Marketing, attracting and keeping customers”:  advice in this area aims to help businesses develop effective marketing strategies, and to ensure that they provide the right product/service at the right price, in the right place, at the right time. The advice could be used for market research, targeting existing and potential customers, using social media to extend your reach into new markets , developing pricing strategies and closing sales.  Here’s the PDF about what’s covered here:
Marketing, attracting and keeping customers
What activities will Growth Vouchers fund?

  • Analysis of your market, including your competitors, opportunities and threats
  • Customer analysis: Who are they? What do they need? How can you reach them?
  • Advice on how to satisfy customer needs profitably
  • Help to divide your customers into groups and target them effectively
  • Advice on how to develop a brand and improve your competitive edge
  • Help to innovate around new products and ensure these are marketed to the appropriate audiences
  • Help to make your communications planning more effective and integrated across your business
  • Analysis of your sales strategy

Vouchers will cover up to half of the cost of paying for strategic advice up to a maximum of £2,000 (non-inclusive of VAT).  So a decent amount of money.  
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Approved Growth Voucher adviser.

Approved Growth Voucher Adviser

Delighted to report that I’m now also an approved Growth Voucher Adviser for “Marketing, attracting and keeping customers”

Advice in this area aims to help businesses develop effective marketing strategies, and to ensure that they provide the right product/service at the right price, in the right place, at the right time. The advice could be used for market research, targeting existing and potential customers, using social media to extend your reach into new markets , developing pricing strategies and closing sales.  Here’s the PDF about what’s covered here:
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The Criteria for applying for growth vouchers to help your business grow are :

  • ither registered with Companies House or HMRC if self-employed). ie NOT UK but England. 

Growth Voucher Website and Market Place Website

How the Growth Voucher Programme works

There are around six stages in the Growth Voucher programme, depending on whether or not participants have been allocated a voucherStage 1 is where small businesses apply to join the programme on the gov.uk website.

Stage 1 is where small businesses apply to join the programme on the gov.uk website.

Stage 2 will involve those small businesses carrying out an assessment of their advice needs, either by meeting with an adviser face-to-face or by completing an online questionnaire.
Stage 3: After completing the assessment, applicants will be given a suggestion about which area of strategic advice would be the most appropriate. Applicants will be told, at this stage, whether or not they’ve been allocated a voucher.
Stage 4: Applicants will then be advised to find a Growth Voucher adviser on the Enterprise Nation Marketplace.
Stage 5: At this stage, applicants might get in touch with you via the Marketplace. It’s essential that the participant agrees on a price for the advice and checks if it’s suitable to be subsidised using a Growth Voucher. Vouchers will cover up to half of the cost of paying for strategic advice up to a maximum of £2,000 (non-inclusive of VAT).
Stage 6: After receiving and paying for the advice, small businesses then submit a claim for the subsidy. They will have to provide evidence that the invoice has been paid and give details of the advice they received. Claims will be processed on receipt and should be paid within 30 days.

What’s in and out of scope for the vouchers

Growth Vouchers can only be used to obtain strategic advice that will help the business to grow. It will not subsidise activities such as building a new website or paying for membership of a professional body. Businesses can check with their Delivery Partner before purchasing advice to ensure it qualifies for a subsidy. Read through the description of your business advice area on the Marketplace website to get a better understanding of what will be subsidised.

Any questions?

The quickest way to get support for the Enterprise Nation Marketplace is to use the ‘Support’ tab at the top of the website – or email marketplace@enterprisenation.com. For more information on the Growth Voucher programme itself, visit www.gov.uk or call 0300 4562210.
 

Already had GrowthAccelerator Coaching?

I’m told that businesses that have had previous strategic support (Growth Accelerator) can still apply for Growth Vouchers, however they must declare this at the application stage

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Grants and Funding for your business

Grants and Funding for your business in and around Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire, Bristol, Somerset, Gloucester – UK

I’m working with Business West and Wiltshire Business Schemes with business owners who want to grow using grants and funding for your business. Like to know more? just give me a call or email me for my one pager on these schemes.
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Business West’s GrowthAccelerator

Designed to support ambitious business growth with established businesses on a part-funded basis. Plus a brilliant match-funded offer for leadership and management training.  I’m so enjoying working with my clients on this scheme, do contact me if you’d like to know more.

Business West’s Superfast Business

A fully funded support programme to help exploit digital technologies for your own specific Business needs, improving every day working practices and tasks as well as finding out whole new ways of doing things.  Designed to support rural businesses the programme excludes Bristol and Swindon, specialist advisors are available to visit your business, complete a review of your website and open your eyes to the latest digital technologies.  The Superfast Business  website has a huge amount of really good “How To” guides, Case Studies and Videos – from developing your website to deciding on a CRM.  Here’s a link to some fab seminars put on by Superfast Business and a further link for eligibility to attend.   

Business West’s Ready4Business for start ups

Currently free support and facilitated support for SWIG and Virgin  loan applications at 6%.    Full details here

Approved Growth Voucher Adviser

I’m also an approved Growth Voucher Adviser for “Marketing, attracting and keeping customers”
Advice in this area aims to help businesses develop effective marketing strategies, and to ensure that they provide the right product/service at the right price, in the right place, at the right time. The advice could be used for market research, targeting existing and potential customers, using social media to extend your reach into new markets , developing pricing strategies and closing sales.  Here’s the PDF about what’s covered here:
Marketing, attracting and keeping customersr

The Criteria for applying for growth vouchers to help your business grow are :

  • ither registered with Companies House or HMRC if self-employed). ie NOT UK but England. 

Growth Voucher Website and Market Place Website

How the Growth Voucher Programme works

 

Wiltshire Business Support Service
Wiltshire Business Support Service

Currently there are no schemes left with funding available under the Wiltshire Business Support Service.    Probably no more available until April 2015.

Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks Foundation is a charity that helps people wishing to set up, or expand their own business as a means to achieve financial independence whilst rebuilding their  confidence and self esteem but are unable to access the finance required from conventional sources.  Check out their details here
 
This information is prepared in good faith and correct at the time of issue. But do please check exact current details of funding.  Thank you.