Growing your business
Ready to grow your business and take it to the next level?
Here are some initiatives to help you.
Local sources of business support
Nwes offers advice and support for business owners, senior managers or aspiring managers who will have responsibility for expanding a business, organisation or department. You can attend their free one-to-one business drop-ins at South Cambridgeshire District Council's offices or one of their free two day 'Growing Your Business' workshops. Have a look at our Latest News page to find out more.
Signpost2grow gives local businesses access to a wide range of business support, advice, grants and events aimed at helping businesses to grow and develop.
Allia's Serious Impact Incubate programmes are designed to help entrepreneurs to develop and grow impact ventures.
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers a wide range of opportunities for businesses from professional development, through consultancy, to support for innovation (see below for more information).
The Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge offers resources for entrepreneurs to help you grow your business successfully through its Entrepreneurship Centre. It also offers courses in business management for executives, leaders and managers.
The Institute for Manufacturing (IFM) at the University of Cambridge can provide consultancy and support for manufacturing businesses of all sizes.
Nationally available business support
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an initiative to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. 10,000 Small Businesses is funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
The Great Business website has a wealth of information on growing your business, and can also provide you with tailored advice via their business support helpline.
Free webinars are available from HMRC aimed at supporting your business. A whole range of topics are covered from trading internationally, tax advice, guidance if you are self employed and many other helpful business support topics.
Start and Grow is an online business resource platform that supports a business's journey from pre start up through all stages of growth.
The British Library Business and IP Centre provides a range of information, services and training programmes to help businesses scale up, or develop new products and services.
The Federation of Small Businesses provides a range of useful information and fact sheets.
Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth. If you are a business that needs support or a business professional who can offer support, Mentorsme can help you connect with each other.
Anglia Ruskin University can provide you with access to the KEEP+, REACTOR, Innovation Bridge and Knowledge Transfer Partnership programmes.
KEEP+ Programme helps SMEs develop new products or services in collaboration with universities and research institutes. There is a supporting capital grant available.
REACTOR at Anglia Ruskin aims to support local SMEs across all sectors to grow their business through the use of applied games. Intrigued? Grants are available.
Innovation Bridge offers SMEs in Cambridgeshire and surrounding counties a range of services including free support and access to university expertise and grants.
Innovate UK has funds and competitions available to help businesses undertake a range of tasks including feasibility testing, product creation and improvement, and research and development. They also run the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships project which you can access at Anglia Ruskin University.
British Library Business and IP Centre’s Innovation for Growth Programme provides significant tailored support and advice to SMEs.
Innovate2succeed offers SMEs up to 7 days tailored support from an Innovation Adviser
Research and Development Tax Credits on corporation tax are available for projects that try to develop practical science or technology solutions, even if they fail.
The Department for International Trade’s Exporting is Great website offers guidance for new, occasional and frequent exporters.
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce offer a range of services to help exporters.
European Network Europe aims to help business innovate and grow internationally.
Open to Export is a community-based business service aimed at helping small and medium-sized enterprises to export.
The EU have useful a one stop portal providing practical advice on how to do business in Europe.
South Cambs webinars
As part of the South Cambs business support programme we hosted two webinars aimed at helping businesses with both 'business planning’ and also ‘growing a profitable business’. They were run by business support professionals and provide practical and hands-on advice.
To listen to the webinars visit the GoToWebinar platform and enter your name and email address.