The 10,000 Small Businesses programme will be of interest
and benefit to ambitious Midlands business leaders who:
Applications are welcomed from small business leaders from all backgrounds and from all business sectors.
The programme runs twice a year in the Midlands and each time is offered on a fully-funded basis to 25 to 30 small business owners and social enterprise leaders.
Criteria for the individual who is applying:
Criteria for the business or social enterprise:
Social enterprise applicants must be commercially operated (irrespective of legal structure) and must seek to achieve their social purpose primarily through trading and not through grant funding.
Participating businesses and social enterprises typically have between five and 40 employees, though applications will be considered from businesses with fewer or more employees that demonstrate strong growth potential and who could benefit significantly from the programme.
Applications are particularly welcomed from businesses operating in or on behalf of disadvantaged communities or regeneration areas.
Please note that programme is not intended for start-up businesses, sole traders or organisations that are not seeking to grow.
Programme participants to date have represented an exceptionally wide range of business sectors and business backgrounds. Participants tell us that the programme gives them access to a diversity of perspectives from which they might not otherwise benefit. The average age of participants is approximately 40 though a wide range of ages have represented and approximately a third of participants are female. Typically, around 15% of our participants run a social enterprise, while most lead "for dividend" small businesses.
One of the programme's key benefits is the sharing of ideas, learning from experiences and networking with other small business leaders as you move through the modules together. Interested to know more about the kind of people you could be working with? The profiles below give you some background information on participant businesses to date.