Growth Vouchers ... helping SME’s access strategic advice

Growth Vouchers ... helping SME’s access strategic advice


The Growth Vouchers initiative is set to help SME’s access strategic advice to grow their businesses and offers up to £2000 match funding.


The scheme is a pioneering initiative by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills to discover the kind of advice small businesses need, and give them the opportunity to obtain this expert advice to accelerate their growth.


The application process is simple and is made online at:

Your business could be eligible if

  •         It’s based in England
  •         You are actively trading
  •         It has fewer than 249 employees
  •         Your turnover is less than 50 million

Vouchers worth up to £2,000 will then be allocated via a random allocation for those who sign up for the programme to help them pay for strategic private sector advice in the following areas:

  •     Raising finance and managing cash flow
  •     Marketing, attracting and keeping customers
  •     Making the most of digital technology
  •     Improving leadership and management skills
  •     Recruiting and developing your staff 




Following a successful award applicants then contact the Enterprise Nation Marketplace to choose a supplier to work with

Enterprise Nation Marketplace allows users to search for an approved, accredited supplier who can provide strategic advice in one of the five areas.


The Growth Voucher programme is a pioneering government research project run by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Behavioural Insights Team at the Cabinet Office and is run as a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). It aims to test how external advice can help small businesses overcome barriers to growth and examine what role Government should play in this space.


All businesses taking part in the programme will be participating in the largest business research project ever initiated by government. It will produce real comprehensive evidence on which future policy will be built, as well as benefitting the businesses involved.

Enterprise First, was established in 1981 and has been providing impartial advice, information and support to start-ups, as well as new and existing businesses ever since.  We offer a range of free support including confidential advice sessions with our experienced business advisers, practical workshops on marketing and finance as well as a useful library of documents on our website and links to other useful organisations.

As a member of the Cavendish Consortium,  we are also delivery partners for the following national programmes: Ready for Business, Virgin Start Up Loans and Growth Vouchers.  Based in Aldershot, we cover the South East region.

For more information please contact Sheryl Tipton at
Tel:   0800  652 6254 - Web:



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