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Glasgow Business Growth Programme

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Glasgow City Council’s new Glasgow Business Growth Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Scotland’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programmes and will be delivered by the Business Growth team within Economic Development.

The aim of the programme is to create a truly connected and collaborative network of specialist support and expertise by bringing together the public, private, education and third sectors to develop and deliver an unrivalled level of support in the UK, one that has the sole objective of growing the city economy in a fair and inclusive way.

SMEs will have access to a range of specialist support from Business Structuring to Digital Development through a tiered Business Voucher programme that supports businesses based on their commitment to inclusive economic growth. This will enable eligible SMEs access to a framework of suppliers in a way that best suits their growth aspirations.

There is also a range of Business Accelerator Programmes that combine traditional teaching methodologies with guidance and mentorship, meaning businesses can grow at an accelerated rate.

Eligibility

To be eligible for support, you should be:

  • A community interest company, limited company, limited liability partnership, public limited company, sole trader or legally constituted third sector organisation      
  • Employ less than 250 employees
  • Operate from within Glasgow City Council boundary and, if in business premises, must be registered with the Non Domestic Rates office within the Council
  • Must not be engaged in any activities such as gambling or other industries that could be deemed unethical

The programme cannot support projects that have already started. Any outstanding debts to Glasgow City Council will be taken into consideration.

Lot 1: Business Structuring

Provides support to help determine the assignment and coordination of roles, power and responsibilities within a business. 

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Lot 2 Business Growth

Provides support to identify areas of improvement process which help with improving some measure of an enterprise's success. 

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Lot 3: Leadership Skills and Resources

Provides support to involve reviewing existing Leadership Development processes and preparing a report on their future suitability and/or making recommendations for future actions.

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Lot 4 Business Financial Management

Provides support to help with the efficient and effective management of money / funds.

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Lot 5 Design Thinking

Integrates design thinking principles into a range of organisations across different industry sectors.

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Lot 6 Business Innovation

Supports the development of organisational processes for introducing new ideas, workflows, methodologies, services and/or products.

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Lot 7 Internationalisation

Supports businesses access overseas markets, offering an opportunity to increase sales to a much wider customer base. 

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Lot 8 Digital Development and Innovation

Provides support to businesses to use technology to benefit to its internal and external operations.

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Lot 9 Business Resilience

Provides support that enables organisations to quickly adapt to disruptions while maintaining continuous business operations and safeguarding people, assets and overall brand equity.

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Lot 10 Business Acceleration

Provides support in a different, more targeted and innovative way for companies at various stages of growth.

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