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GrowthAccelerator is a Government assisted coaching programme to help companies achieve a higher growth rate. The service helps discover the real issues that could be holding your business back, define the right growth plan and open doors to world class business experts and networks. Our Dr Alan Rae is an accredited Growth Accelerator Coach.

What will my business get from GrowthAccelerator?

You get 6 days coaching from an experienced business coach in the particular disciplines with which you need help. These disciplines are chosen after an in depth conversation and use of a benchmarking tool to assess the most fruitful areas for development. The coach assigned to work with you will have real business experience and will be able to offer some genuine mentoring. Alan Rae has experience of the IT, business support, engineering and horticultural industries and has been running small businesses for over 30 years. Currently he is also Chairman of Fletching Glasshouses - a family horticultural business.

You also get 6 workshops to improve your skills in core business areas and you can unlock matched funding of up to £2000 per person for training and developing your senior management team.

To be eligible, businesses need to be registered in England with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40m.

What do I have to invest?

Your investment in GrowthAccelerator will reflect the size of your business: Micro and start-up businesses (up to 4 employees) – £600 Small businesses (5 to 49 employees) – £1,500 Medium-sized companies (50 to 249 employees) – £3,000

How does coaching benefit the business bottom line?

80% of businesses that sought external advice expect to grow in the next two to three years compared with 67% of businesses that didn't. (BIS 2010)

Some examples

Business development coaching: Greenray Manufacturing worked with a coach to reshape its business strategy and energise growth. As a result the business is forecast to grow by an average of 33% year on year over the next five years with plans to recruit an additional 14 people this financial year to meet current workload.

Unlocking funding: Launched in 2007, Huddle has quickly become a leading force in web-based collaboration for business. Working with a coach specialising in access to finance the business raised £2m in early investment and as a result has grown from two people in 2007 to over 100 in 2012. They are expecting to triple the size of the team over the next 12 months.

Creating new products and services: Automotive design specialists, Gordon Murray Design, launched in 2007 and needed help to commercialise their innovative idea. With the help of a coach who fully understood the IP landscape and product development process from personal experience, the business's turnover has grown from launch in 2007 to £6million today. They are also now working with the top ten automotive manufacturers and looking to expand to Brazil.

Other Sources of Funding

We can help you access Manufacturing Advisory Service funding and help you prepare to submit bids to Local funded initiatives such as those from West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership.

For help accessing these funding streams please call Alan Rae on 0845 094 0407

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A bit about me.

Dr Alan Rae

My name is Alan Rae. I've set up and run 4 companies since 1981 and now I'm chairman of our family horticultural business. I teach entrepreneurial marketing courses at a couple of business schools and give business advice to many small companies based on my own experiences and those of the many other companies I've worked with or done research for.

You can find out more about me here on this site , here on my own site, or on Linked-In.


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