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Why take part in our Spark2Scale programme?

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.

Who's the Spark2Scale programme for?

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

About the Spark2Scale programme

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.

Success breeds Success and creating momentum is critical and infectious

What previous participants have said

"Spark2Scale has helped me analyse my business, set targets and create plans and strategies to continue growing."

Matt Barrett, Co-Founder, FindTransfers Ltd

"The Spark2Scale programme helped me to organise and prioritise my tasks and business activities. The programme is an absolute must for new businesses that need mentoring, direction and a real business strategy. I sincerely thank the whole team for the advice and help given. Today, my business improved massively. If you want to take your business to the next level and have the right tools to succeed, this programme is beyond essential."

Alejandro De Luna, Founder, The Sense of Doubt

"This course has been brilliant. Although we’re all super busy, it opened an opportunity for collaboration within the group which I think is a great route forward for new and growing businesses that are struggling with budget. In addition the open dialogue and probing thinking required for the workshops was invaluable and encouraged lateral thinking around each business that wouldn’t have happened without the workshops."

Jamilah Bruce, Founder, Stardust and Steel

"I would highly recommend the workshop to any small business as it was not only massively informative but also encouraged me to look at my business from new points of view which gave me clarity and new directions to consider….plus it was very friendly and I’ve made some great business connections through it too!."

Patricia Shea, Patricia Shea designs

Delivered by industry leading experts

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

Programme Workshops

Day 1 - 27th Sept 2022

9.30 - 12.30 Developing your Business Strategy using the ORBIT model 1.30 - 4.30 Storytelling delivered by Dale Carnegie Manchester

Day 2 - 4th October 2022

9.30-4.30 - Marketing revisit your strategy and online presence delivered by 33% Digital

Day 3 - 11th October 2022

9.30 - 12.30 – Strategy 7 Drivers of Success delivered by Ernst and Young

Register your interest

Spark2Scale Registration

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We are proud to be delivering our Spark2Scale programme in collaboration with EY, Bruntwood, Dale Carnegie and 33% Digital.

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services with more than 284,000 people in more than 150 countries. Around the world the firm is committed to pursuing the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism in delivering a broad inventory of services to our clients. By connecting our people's talents, EY provides knowledge and solutions to clients based on financial, transactional and risk-management in its core services of audit, tax and corporate finance. As one of the largest professional services firms in the UK we aim to have a positive impact on businesses and markets, as well as on society as a whole.

At Bruntwood, we are led by one purpose: Creating Thriving Cities. Our deep connection with the cities we work in sets us apart; and for more than forty years, everything we have achieved has been with this purpose in mind. We create buildings, workspaces, innovation, retail, tech and science facilities that are connected, balanced, sustainable and inclusive. Places people want to live, work and play in. Our customers are a huge part of that. We want to help our customers and local businesses grow and achieve their goals. We do this through our Spark programme and partner with other Business Support organisations who provide expert advice and support in all areas of business. At times, all businesses need some inspiration or a helping hand to spark a great idea. Something that could enhance your product, a better way of working, or even a brand new company. We want to help you spark your great idea and together, with the right people and tools, we can grow it into something incredible.

At Dale Carnegie, we support a wide range of clients across the North across a broad range of sectors, supporting them in areas such as employee engagement, developing organisational talent, leadership and management development, sales growth and organisation analysis. Our programmes are transformational. They transform how people see themselves, how others see them and transform their capability. Our tools and techniques are practical and ready to use. We provide the practical operations manual and tool kit for people to transform their style and improve their performance through both face to face and on-line blended learning solutions. We have also supported many organisations such as Solutions PT, Brother UK and Revolution Bars Group in achieving awards and accolades such IIP and Sunday Times Top Companies to work for.

At 33% Digital, we help business owners create practical strategies that actually work. We make marketing simple, focus on what matters and eliminate anything that is not in service of your business goals. our goal is to help small business compete with big brands by making marketing simple, more effective and ruthlessly efficient