Business advisory and accountancy firm, Johnston Carmichael, has partnered with the University of Stirling management school to deliver the UK Government’s new ‘Help To Grow’ scheme.
The scheme was introduced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to support ambitious small and medium-sized UK businesses in developing growth strategies and improving performance.
The Help to Grow: Management scheme is aimed at senior decision-makers of Small or Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), such as chief executives and finance directors, and is designed to run alongside participants’ usual business responsibilities.
The first cohort commenced in October 2021, with the next sessions scheduled to begin in January and March 2022.
The comprehensive 12-week programme includes both online sessions and face-to-face case study workshops, conducted by small business specialists from Stirling Management School and supported by expert advisers from Johnston Carmichael.
The programme is 90% funded by the UK Government, which has pledged funding for 30,000 businesses over the next three years.
Neil Donaldson, operations director at Garrets International Ltd, said: “The Help to Grow scheme offers both practical application and theoretical base to help identify strategy and opportunities to overlap a growth plan.
“The speakers and counterparts have a wealth of knowledge while the peer groups and mentors offer a very useful support network.”