A consortium of small business support providers, led by business support group Commercial Capital, and including Enterprise Nation and the Association of Business Mentors has won grant funding to deliver the next phase of the Government’s flagship Help to Grow Management initiative to help the UK’s small businesses raise productivity.

Small business support platform Enterprise Nation, Commercial Capital and the Association of Business Mentors have together secured a grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop a network of business leaders and experts who will share their skills and experience with firms on the training and development programme.

The Help to Grow Management scheme was launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in August 2021, with the long-term target of reaching 30,000 businesses with leadership support.

So far, that has delivered a heavily-discounted 12-week course via more than 50 business schools, which is open to businesses with five or more employees. The next phase will give eligible small firms access to free one-to-one mentoring from experienced leaders to help take their business to the next level.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Help to Grow Management is aimed at boosting productivity, allowing business owners to focus on the elements in the business that can have the greatest impact. We are delighted to be working with this consortium which will signal the next phase of this important scheme to help businesses reach their potential at an earlier stage – and boost the economy.”