Don’t miss out on £30m support offer

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Lancashire businesses have been urged not to miss out on the government’s £30m Growth Vouchers scheme.

In the North West, Winning Pitch is working in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Enterprise Nation to deliver a new support programme for small businesses.

A spokesman for Winning Pitch said: “Businesses that seek advice are more likely to grow and we want to help them access the support they need. “

Growth Vouchers give firms the chance to get up to £2,000 of business support and advice under the themes of: raising finance and managing cash flow; recruiting and developing staff; improving leadership and management skills; 
marketing, attracting and keeping customers; and making the most of digital technology.

Enterprise and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Access to high-quality business advice at the right time can make the difference for small business owners aiming to realise their ambitions.

“Whether it is growth, moving into new markets or hiring more staff, there is a wealth of expertise available to small businesses.

“Growth Vouchers will allow us to find out scientifically what advice small businesses value, and to shape government advice in the future according to business need.”

John Leach, chairman of Winning Pitch, said: “Our mission is to assist companies that have high growth potential.

“Businesses participating will be able to apply for possible selection to receive vouchers worth up to £2,000 to help them purchase the expert advice they need.”

There are certain conditions that firms have to fulfil, and companies will be entered into a random draw.

To be eligible for Growth Vouchers your business must:

• Have 49 employees or less (including any employees of companies that own a stake in your business)

• be registered in England

• have been trading for at least one year

• not have paid for business advice in the last three years

• be independent (for instance, no more than 25 per cent is owned by other businesses or organisations).