Gemma Williams, founder of The Little Cheesemonger in North Wales.
Gemma Williams, founder of The Little Cheesemonger in North Wales.

Free support programme returns to help the UK’s millions of microbusinesses grow

A popular programme, which has helped thousands of sole traders and microbusinesses across the UK to grow, is making a come-back to support small firms facing the impact of recession. 

Small Business Britain’s ‘Small and Mighty Enterprise Programme’ is returning in partnership with university ARU Peterborough and global small business platform Xero, to help supercharge Britain’s smallest firms.

Having already trained 1,700 small firms, the ‘Small and Mighty Enterprise Programme’ aims to help the UK’s smallest businesses find new avenues for growth in a challenging economy. It is designed for the UK’s 5.2 million microbusinesses that aren't always suited to or eligible for existing business support initiatives.

Founder of Small Business Britain, Michele Ovens CBE, emphasised the need for targeted help for microbusinesses: “The smallest firms are particularly vulnerable in today’s economic climate, further exacerbated by the challenges posed by the UK recession, these businesses need targeted support to not just survive but thrive. 

“They are the backbone of our economy and represent the future of our nation’s prosperity. However, the path to growth isn’t always clear-cut or straightforward when you are working on your own or within a very small team. 

“The goal of this programme is to provide really targeted, helpful guidance that recognises these challenges, and is delivered in a flexible, free format so it is accessible for all.”

Commencing in April, the six-week programme will be delivered fully online with guidance from ARU Peterborough academics and other seasoned experts. It is designed to fit around existing work commitments and offer inclusive and flexible learning, enabling opportunities for all across the UK, and offers mentoring and peer-to-peer support.

Lorna Reeves, owner of MyOhMy Events took part in last year’s Small and Mighty programme to support in planning her business evolution in 2024. 

Lorna said: “The Small & Mighty Programme is like no other development series. Whether you are new to business or have been running for a while, the information is invaluable. The sessions were a great reminder of the fundamentals, as well as how to advance my business.”

Each business on the Small and Mighty Enterprise programme will also have access to a supportive network of small businesses to share questions, challenges, and solutions, and receive guidance to create an action plan to support their next year of opportunity.

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