On Monday this week I was a speaker at the Derby launch of the D2N2 business Scale Up Programme. It’s a new business support scheme that’s looking to help the most ambitious companies in Notts and Derbys with a heavy hitting, tailored package of support from the leading coaches and trainers in the East Midlands. And it’s designed to help those companies over come the barriers and challenges that are holding them back.
The programme is well under way now and we’re getting close to filling the 60 places we have on the scheme.
It turns out that the East Midlands has one of the lowest levels of scale-up companies in the country. According to “the statistics” we’re lagging behind most of the rest of the country when it comes to our ambition. I certainly know a few business advisors who’d agree with that, but I wonder if it’s true?
What do you think? Are we less ambitious here in the Midlands? And if so, why on earth is that the case?
Gary Parsons of Talk Staff (above) was the first to get onto the programme, and he’s already well into his coaching and training. As a fan of the scheme he was also talking at the launch to let other companies know about the support he’s getting. Talk Staff are one of the most ambitious companies I’ve come across in recent years, and I’m so happy that there’s a programme like this to give him high level strategic support at a fraction of the cost.
Final call for getting on the programme
We do still have places left, but they’re going fast. And we’ve got a deadline to deliver all support by the end of March (because of how the funding pot works) so you need to get your skates on if you fancy accessing this level of heavily subsidised support for your business.
If you want to find out more and see if you’re eligible, check out the blog post I wrote a few weeks ago