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Here We GROW – the GrowthAccelerator

Here We GROW – the GrowthAccelerator
1 June 2012 John Moore

An Innovative £200 Million Programme to Help up to 26,000 of England’s Brightest SMEs Achieve their Ambition & Potential, as well as Creating 55,000 High-Value Jobs has been Launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

GrowthAccelerator is available for companies with genuine potential for rapid and sustainable growth. The new partnership between the private sector and Government will see proven business experts working with companies to identify their barriers to growth and ways to overcome them. This will be on issues such as securing finance, commercialising innovation or developing leadership and management capability.

As well as coaching, GrowthAccelerator provides comprehensive support by fast tracking clients to trusted providers of business advice such as UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), professional advisers as well as relevant networks such as Angel Investors.

Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable, said, “GrowthAccelerator is an exciting new programme that is at the heart of the Government’s commitment to help businesses deliver growth by increasing their chance of gaining access to finance and spurring innovation. The £200 million programme will deliver high quality coaching to a range of businesses that will help them grow and give the economy a real boost”.

Funded by the Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS), GrowthAccelerator is to be delivered by private sector experts from a consortium led by Grant Thornton and comprises Winning Pitch, Oxford Innovation, Pera and seven other local delivery partners.

Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk, said, “We want to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business. GrowthAccelerator is the latest programme in a range of support products that we are providing for business to help them thrive and grow”.

“As well as this ambitious and innovative programme, we are already creating a network of thousands of business mentors and will soon be launching a new £10 million start-up loans scheme to give young people access to business advice and a small amount of capital”.

Karl Eddy, Head of Business Growth Services at Grant Thornton, said, “Our vision for GrowthAccelerator is clear – to provide fast-growing businesses with exactly the kind of expertise, insight and networks that entrepreneurs need to achieve their ambitions. The type of dynamic businesses that will benefit from this service are the businesses of the future, leading our economy”.

“We are excited that GrowthAccelerator recognises the need for ambitious business leaders to collaborate and access growth in new ways. The service will rapidly create a community of support that will help make the UK the best place to grow a business”.

GrowthAccelerator is designed to help the most talented companies in England reach and surpass their potential for phenomenal growth by giving them access to bespoke support and advice.”

Further Information About the GrowthAccelerator

GrowthAccelerator is a service provided by leading business growth specialists, which delivers uniquely tailored advice to high-flying businesses – advice that delivers tangible results. It’s a partnership between leading business growth experts, including Grant Thornton UK LLP, Pera, Oxford Innovation and Winning Pitch, and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.


John Moore has over 20 years experience of training and developing Managers, Coaches, Consultants and businesses. As Managing Director of Exponential Training, John researches, speaks, blogs and writes about how to improve performance. He also designs and delivers engaging, fun and interactive learning programmes. John is a Fellow Chartered Manager and has worked with managers and organisations in over 20 different countries.


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