Do you look at an obstacle, but see opportunity instead? Our Spark2Scale programme is perfect for aspiring, ambitious early-stage scale-up businesses across Greater Manchester who are ready to grow at pace.
The impact of creating more scale-up businesses could be huge. To put things into perspective, the Scaleup Institute reports that an increase of just one percent in the country-wide scale-up population could drive an additional 238,000 jobs and add £38bn to the economy within three years!
75% of the UK economy is comprised of SME businesses. You make a huge contribution.
We've got two cohorts coming up early next year. These workshops will be delivered in person and held at premium locations in central Manchester.
Our next cohort begins on 2nd February 2023, with the additional sessions held on 9th February and 16th February.
After this the next cohort begins on 27th April 2023, with the additional session held on 11th May and 18th May.
Spark to Scale is open to B2B/B2C businesses in Greater Manchester that have been trading for less than 3 years. Your business must have already demonstrated 20 percent year-on-year growth or be able to demonstrate realistic projections to do so, along with ambitions to achieve £250k revenue within 3 years of trading.
To make the leap from start-up to scale-up can be difficult. You need consistent and strongly defined ways of working. The Spark 2 Scale programme hones your entrepreneurial skills so that you can take your business to the next level.
What will you develop?
- Map your unique strategic journey
- Cutting-edge Digital marketing skills
- The art of the sell/story telling to convert browsers to buyers
- The motivation and drive to power your growth
- Master business fundamentals and your finances
- New relationships with other businesses looking to grow quickly
- Potential collaboration opportunities
- Peer support, learning from other particpants
*Certain eligibility criteria apply. Priority will be given to companies who can demonstrate the clearest potential for growth.
To register your interest please complete the form at the bottom of the page
As a participant of GC Business Growth Hub’s Spark 2 Scale programme, you will be nurtured whilst learning new skills that will empower you to drive your business forward, including how to increase your sales and maximise your profitability.
You are learning from thought leaders who have many years’ expertise and experience and are at the cutting edge of the Greater Manchester economy. A mixture of Hub advisors and selected trainers from industry will impart knowledge to you that is invaluable. You will also make fantastic connections that could help elevate your business.
We’ll follow this programme up with one-to-one support, which will ensure you personally achieve a comprehensive strategic plan.
Finally, our specialists in finance, sales, strategy, marketing and growth will lead this series of 3 inspirational peer-to-peer workshops designed to Spark your next growth chapter.
We're here to help you find and inject fresh energy you need to keep moving forward.
02.02.23 - 09:30 - 12.30
Storytelling delivered by Dale Carnegie Manchester
Good stories are easy to understand. They're also told in a language that matches the way the intended audience communicates, so they don't need to spend time interpreting and then absorbing. Simplicity also aides in memorability, because the overall lesson is easy to grasp.
Story telling is softer and more relatable way of “Selling” an idea, a service, product or even yourself, this is a more palatable and subtle way of helping people buy rather than to try and overtly hard sell.
02.02.23 - 13.30 - 16.30
Developing your Business Strategy using the ORBIT model
- Customer segments – the importance of profiling, who is your customer and what are the core ‘characteristics’ to consider.
- Value proposition
- Customer relationships (Prospecting)
- Channels/Distribution Channels
- Revenue streams
- Cost structure
- Key resources & partners
- Growth Strategies and vision – implications on business model
- Core metrics – focused and aligned for growth: interdependence of metrics
09.02.23 - 09:30 - 16.30
Marketing revisit your strategy and online presence delivered by 33% Digital
- How to Maximise Brand Awareness (Key challenge)
- Traffic driving activities
- Target markets and consumers (Building a following) – linked to business model
- Maximising return on investment(ROI/ROA) through monitoring effectiveness and conversions
- Tricks, Traits and techniques
16.02.23 - 13:30 - 16:30
Meet the Founders
An opportunity to hear from fellow founders of established online Service/Retail businesses etc, understand their journey and ask questions about what they’ve learned, how they may have done things differently, whilst offering tips and techniques to enhance scalability and growth
Flip through to read all the quotes from attendees to previous cohorts
This is an opportunity to learn from the best. Our team of advisors includes Chris Bate, who has more than 30+ years of senior level, global corporate and consultancy experience within highly competitive sports, fashion, footwear and apparel markets for brands, such as Nike, Wolverine, French Connection and Under Armour.
Analytical and professionally skilled in formulating and delivering exceptional growth and brand development strategies; leading, motivating and developing high performance teams to deliver success.
A collaborative communicator and enthusiastic influencer continually focused on building relationships and promoting synergy across business lines and units to drive positive change, cohesive, comprehensive business approaches and enhanced profitability. Chris has been been involved in 100+ SME’s/Pre-scale and Start Up Businesses over the years.Chris Bate, GC Business Growth Hub
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