High Growth Network Programme

What is the High Growth Network Programme?

The High Growth Network (HGN) Programme is a brand new, fully funded scheme designed to help small businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk learn critical business skills and create strong networks with like-minded peers. Upon completion, businesses will receive their IOEE Award in High Growth Business Leadership and Strategy and will have produced their own actionable business plan, with supporting financial tools, to support their high growth over the coming 12 months.

How does it work?

Participants will join the scheme in cohorts of up to eight businesses each. Each fortnight, they will meet virtually for a 2.5 hour  workshop and peer learning session to work through a comprehensive syllabus of critical business skills. The programme will take place over the course of 12 weeks and is designed to fit in around the day-to-day running of the business and provide real-time implementation of the concepts being taught.

The HGN Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is delivered by the New Anglia Growth Hub, part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and in partnership with the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to boost the regional economy and create employment opportunities throughout both counties.

Who is it for?

The HGN Programme is for small business owners, or their senior management, looking for clarity and direction to grow their businesses to 6-figures in the next 12 months. Any industry is welcome and the cohorts will consist of mixed sectors to maximise the peer learning opportunities.

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • Be committed to the full 12-week programme that consists of six fortnightly sessions of two hours each.
  • Be based in Suffolk or Norfolk, or be looking to bring economic activity to the region with a second business premises.
  • Employ 3 or more staff.
  • Be looking to increase their revenue to a 6- or 7-figure in the next 12 months.
  • Have at least 12 months of trading to date.

What to expect:

During your time on the course, you will be involved in:

  • Critical skills workshops – run by New Anglia Growth Hub’s High Growth Network Facilitator, Roxy Seabourne, who specialises in Business Strategy, Business Finance, Marketing and Sales.
  • Peer learning and networking – you will be connected with other small business leaders through facilitated group video calls, in which you can share your experiences on the module content, and work together to develop your Business Plan.
  • 1:1 support – you will receive additional 1:1 support in the form on scheduled Zoom sessions to help you apply what you learn, and they will support you to develop your unique Business Plan. The sessions are designed to keep you accountable, challenge your thinking and a great way to sound out the viability of your ideas.

What’s in it for your business?

After 12 weeks and 15 hours of supported learning, you will have developed a Business Plan – one that is uniquely tailored to helping you to lead and grow your business. Once your Business Plan has been refined and assessed, you will receive the nationally recognised IOEE Award in High Growth Business Leadership and Strategy from the Institute of Entrepreneurs and Enterprise (IOEE).

During your course, you will have access to all of New Anglia Growth Hub’s resources including Business Growth Advisers, specialist Skills Advisers as well as your peer network and the Scale Up New Anglia alumni.

How to apply:

Register your interest here or by emailing your full name, business name and address and contact details to: roxy.seabourne@newangliagrowthhub.co.uk.

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