What is Elevate?
Elevate is an exclusive and unique offer for successful applicants to gain high quality, specialist business support to help their business go much further. The programme is for established SME’s in Worcestershire who have been operating successfully and have an ambitious mindset for further growth. Ideally trading for a minimum of three years, with 5+ employees, the next step will bring new challenges and require innovative solutions.
Is Elevate for your Business?
You may have a clear vision as to where your business can go but would value support to structure your plans, face the challenges and identify solutions. Or the Covid -19 crisis may have set you back or caused you to view your business and it’s future differently. A new strategy may be required and Elevate can support you to identify and implement the best route to getting your business back on track. Either way, if you have the commitment to drive it forward then Elevate is the programme to take your business to the next level.
Elevate – The Launch
Elevate was launched at two exclusive Growth Challenge events featuring Mark Wright winner of The Apprentice 2014 and delivered by BizSmart Ltd. Hear below what Mark had to say about Elevate and from two of the businesses inspired to join the programme.
Mark Wright – The Apprentice Winner
What Elevate Can Offer
Take a look at our first Growth Challenge and hear from Elevate Programme Manager Wendy Garrad.
Elevate will support the development of a unique, tailored plan to stabilise, strengthen and scale your business. We recognise that different business sectors face different challenges and to ensure the support available is as valuable and appropriate as possible we will contract with sector experts to provide informed and bespoke advice and guidance. This may include:
creating a growth culture
revisiting financial plans
developing the skills to continue growing
re-evaluating market position
On completing the support programme SMEs may apply for grant funding to continue their growth.
Elevate is a selective programme for businesses demonstrating the motivation and vision for a successful future. Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Business Central (WBC) are inviting a select number of business owners looking to strengthen or scale to an informative and inspirational Business Futures Workshop. Contact WBC for more information.
Is Your Business Eligible?
Check if your business meets the ERDF eligibility criteria:
Based and trading in Worcestershire
Business to business
With fewer than 250 employees
Turnover and balance sheet
Find out more about the Elevate Programme
Our Open for Business programmes are here to help get you started.