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Small Business Charter Growth Vouchers Programme

Growth vouchers

Applications have now closed. All allocated SBC Growth Vouchers can be still redeemed against participation in the Full Programme of workshops until 30th June 2015.


Applicant’s Next Steps


1.Free Growth Diagnostic Workshop

All eligible applicants will attend a free half day growth diagnostic workshop.  This workshop is designed to help you evaluate your business and its growth potential.  You will meet other like-minded business owners, work with experienced faculty and business mentors, and leave the workshop with an action plan to help you unlock the growth potential of your business straight away.

2.Voucher Allocation

This programme is a pioneering government research project and uses a Randomised Controlled Trial to allocate vouchers to a proportion of applicants. This means that after the Growth Diagnostic Workshop some participants will receive a Growth Voucher equivalent to £3,000 to take part in the full programme, and others will not receive a voucher.  Whether or not you are allocated a voucher is a completely random process and not related to your business or what happens at the diagnostic workshop.

3.Full Programme

The full programme consists of a series of workshops plus one-to-one support from a business mentor.  The programme is specifically designed to address the issues faced by small businesses as they grow and is practically focussed to help owner managers to apply business theory within the workplace.  The modular workshop structure allows participants to develop and implement strategies to bring immediate benefits to the business.  Learn with your peers during the workshops, building a network of contacts that will continue beyond the programme.

Have the support of your mentor between workshops to help your apply the learning to in your own business context.

The Cost

The diagnostic session is FREE to everyone.

The Full Progrmame costs £5,000 of which 60% is covered by the Growth Voucher, leaving voucher holders to pay £2,000 – but because we know cash flow can be challenging for a small business, payment for the full programme is made in stages.

Step By Step

There is no VAT to pay.


For further information about the full programme, contact growthvouchers@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 4822

The Small Business Charter Growth Vouchers programme is a national programme being delivered by a consortium of universities led by Aston Business School.