Business Growth Scheme

This comprehensive package of business support is aimed at enabling small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the Humber to grow and become more productive. Whichever stage your business is at, we’ll support you every step of the way.

Running until September 2021, the Business Growth Scheme will give you access to local, regional and national information, advice and guidance, through which you will be able to gain essential knowledge in order to grow your business.


One-to-One advice

Whether you’ve a single-issue enquiry or want a full diagnostic of your business and its support needs, our experienced team of advisors can work with you to create a tailored package of support, to help accelerate your business growth plans.

Our advisors will also be able to refer you to other sources of business support, advice and grant-funds as appropriate, including many of our state-funded business support partners.

Our advisors an support you through activities such as:

  • Business Models, Cultures and Structures
  • Business Planning, Goal-Setting and Strategy
  • Marketing and Communications
  • HR, Recruitment and Workforce Development
  • Market and Customer Awareness
  • Sales Processes, Pricing and Pitching
  • Supply Chains and Procurement
  • Resource Efficiency

Grants - Coming Soon

Need some additional finance to access some expertise or to pay for a service to help drive forward your business growth plans? Identified through your one-to-one support from our advisors, our Business Growth Grant can fund up to 40% of your eligible project costs.

Our business advisors will help to identify the expertise or services you require, scope out the project, select a supplier, and collate your application for funding.

FREE workshops, masterclasses & events

Our range of specialist business support workshops and masterclasses will equip ambitious businesses like yours to grow successfully. All our events are free to attend and based across the Humber region.

Business Growth Workshops, masterclasses & events

Grow your business knowledge of marketing, HR, IT, business development and much more with one of our specialist workshops or masterclasses.


The types of workshops on offer include:

  • Creating an Innovative Business Model
  • Business Planning for Success
  • Strategic Marketing and How to Create Your Brand
  • Managing Change in the Workplace
  • Crucial Skills for Recruiting and Personnel Development Excellence
  • How to Identify, Engage and Retain Customers
  • The Art of Selling – How to Develop & Implement a Profitable Sales Strategy
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • How to Boost Your Sales with Green Credentials

We’ve made it simple to access

We’ve already helped a number of businesses on their way to success and want to make it as simple as possible for you to access support too. If you’re interested in attending a bespoke one-to-one session, taking part in one of our workshops or finding out whether you’re eligible for a business grant, just follow our three simple steps:

Step 1.
You’ve found the scheme

Now that you’ve found the scheme that’s right for you, all you need to do is complete the online form to register your interest.

Step 2.
Are you eligible?

95% of SMEs in the Humber region may be eligible to access support. If you’re a business with under 250 full-time equivalent employees you should fit the bill.

Step 3.
Register your interest

Simply complete an Expression of Interest and we’ll check your eligibility for you. One of our advisors will then be in touch to find out how we can help.


Is your business eligible?

As a minimum, your business must:

  • Be trading in the Humber area – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
  • Have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees
  • Have a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m

If eligible, SMEs will be able to apply for all aspects of the #GrowMySME programme.

Region map

Looking for support to grow your business? We can help.

The Humber is experiencing an economic, social, cultural and infrastructural renaissance, and The Humber Business Growth Hub, a major initiative of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is playing a key role in giving businesses in the Humber region a platform to prosper.

The #GrowMySME Programme delivers products of the Humber Business Growth Hub and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2020 Programme to enable small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow. Whether you need answers on future funding, guidance on ICT-led development or support in any other aspect of growing your business, accessing the #GrowMySME Programme will be the best thing you’ll ever do for your business.

With three exciting schemes, the #GrowMySME Programme offers your business access to specialist one-to-one advice and support, a varied workshop and masterclass series delivered by experts in their field, and grant schemes that will help you to unlock key business growth activities.

Finance for Growth

Enhance your business growth potential. From funding to grants, we provide free advice and support on everything finance related.


Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Growth

With support around making the most of your ICT and how to unlock funding, we can help you prepare your business for a digital future.


Register your interest

Express an interest via our simple online form, and wait for your repsonse.


Want to find out more or chat about how we can help?

To find out more about the range of services, events and grants that the programme offers, complete an expression of interest form or give us a call.

Finance for Growth, ICT for Growth and the Business Growth Scheme are supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme. These schemes are delivered by Humber Business Growth Hub and Hull City Council, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and e-factor Group Ltd.