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apply to the SME Growth Challenge

Applications for the 2018/19 SME Growth Challenge programme are now open. We are looking to recruit between 10 and 16 ambitious small to medium enterprises with a commitment to achieving extraordinary results.

Criteria for entry

Selection criteria is based (though not exclusively) on the following:

  • SMEs with annual sales of between £1M and up to £50M
  • Businesses with growth appetite
  • Demonstrable track record of sustainable underlying operating profitability
  • Cash generative businesses
  • Ambitious, talented and broad-minded management team - committed and incentivised

A series of workshops will take place from September to December 2018. If you and your team are interested in participating, please complete the online application form. You can contact the programme team at if you have any queries.

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Selection and interviews with companies will be done on a rolling basis. Following selection, a member of faculty will visit the companies to discuss and assess their needs.

Cancellation policy

All fees must be paid in full per the invoice payment terms. Our contract with you commences when we write to confirm that we have accepted you as a delegate on the SME Growth programme and you complete and sign a questionnaire. The invoice must be paid in full prior to the start of the workshops. In case of cancellations after the first workshop, 50 per cent of the total fee can be refunded. There is no refund thereafter.

Dates for the SME Growth Challenge

Module 1 Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January 2019
Module 2 Thursday 28 and Friday 1 March 2019
Module 3 Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March 2019

Please note it is mandatory to attend all three modules.


Applications are now open for the 2018/19 SME Growth Challenge programme.

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