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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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