A Good Practice from Manchester Metropolitan University for high growth and job creation Region: North West of England

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10,000 Small Businesses

10,000 Small Businesses is a premier private sector business growth programme funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation and delivered in the North West by Manchester Metropolitan University. It is designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises operating in the United Kingdom. The programme is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to a combination of education and business support services best address barriers to growth.

10,000 Small Businesses is targeted at small businesses and social enterprises with clear ambitions to expand. The project started in March 2011 and will run for 5 years.

The first cohort worked with 25 companies and created 100 jobs.

The goal of the programme is to equip participants with tools to help them overcome a range of obstacles and lay the foundation for long-term sustainable growth and job creation in their communities.

Participants receive approximately 100 hours of high quality, practically-focused business and management curriculum; receive comprehensive, one-on-one business advisory services that help business owners develop and implement tailored growth plans; complete the programme with a personalised growth plan tailored to their business; and are provided with access to technical assistance and mentors to help business owners focus on their most critical business issues and increase capacity.

Link: http://www.10ksbnw.co.uk/