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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme

People in the Marches who are looking to grow their business and create new jobs are being offered fully funded training to help them achieve their goals.

Places are currently available on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme that supports SME owners and social enterprise leaders unlock the full potential of their organisation.

Do you run a successful business or social enterprise and are looking to grow?

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme provides high-quality, practical education specifically tailored to the needs of UK small business leaders. Participants will receive 100 hours of teaching designed by leading experts and delivered through online and residential sessions led by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, together with Aston University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University. The programme is fully funded for successful applicants.

Additionally, participants will gain exposure to a network of professional experts through business coaching. Graduates will also join a highly active and unique group of small businesses who provide ongoing peer support to one another and frequently establish B2B trading.

For more information and to apply visit Goldman Sachs  10,000 Small Businesses

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the private sector-led organisation tasked with helping to create economic growth across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, is urging companies to take advantage of the scheme.

Marches LEP board member Sonia Roberts, an experienced professional in the charity sector who chairs both the Shropshire Providers Consortium and Shropshire Disability Network, has completed the training.

She said: "No matter what sector you are involved in, there are valuable lessons you will be able to learn from the programme.

"It is designed to specifically address the support gap for small enterprises and businesses, helping them to unlock their economic and job creation potential. It can very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operation of your organisation and miss opportunities to grow your business. I found the course incredibly useful and would recommend it to anyone."

The four-month programme involves a combination of distance learning and residentials. Participants will benefit from specialist workshops, one-on-one business advising, business coaching, access to professional experts and networking opportunities.