Coronavirus: Business advice & support COVID-19 Support


Support and training for local business owners to lead businesses forward and plan for growth.


Growth Curve is an intensive programme for business owners to strengthen leadership skills to help set your organisation on track for attainable long-term growth.

Set up to support businesses to scale up and grow by providing university-led masterclasses for business leaders, meetings with business advisers and funding. The programme has been updated to support businesses at this time, taking into consideration the coronavirus business environment. The masterclasses are now online and funding is still available. If your business could benefit from a one-to-one with a Growth Curve business adviser, register your interested here.

University Masterclasses

Masterclasses are run in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, Cranfield University and University of Northampton.

They each provide a different syllabus that is tailored to the business stage and experience of the client attending to ensure maximum learning to bring back to the business. Your Growth Curve Business Adviser will work with you to identify the course that is right for you.

No matter the masterclasses you attend,  your learnings will help you come up with the strategies to stabilize your business, working on the main priorities and finding your way forward.

It will help you place your objectives, new business initiatives and plan into place for recovery and growth.


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Identify business goals, strategies & opportunities with your High Growth Business Adviser.


Attend a university masterclass to develop skills needed to grow.


On-going support is offered to all businesses through SEMLEP’s Growth Hub.


Access to a peer-to-peer network of fellow Growth Curve alumni.


Participants will be notified of future grant funding they may be applicable for.


To apply to join this programme, you need to:

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Have a business based in the South East Midlands.

Be experiencing or projecting high growth in the next 2-3 years.

Have between 3 and 250 employees.

Current annual turnover of £200,000 with projected 20% annual growth minimum.

We are aware in this current environment, the opportunity to project and plan high growth is difficult. We would like to still hear from business owners running a business that fit the eligibility previous to the coronavirus difficulties. *Growth Curve is suitable for most business sectors however due to funding criteria, there are some ineligible sectors. Our team can let you know if you are eligible for the programme or other support, either offered by us or partner organisations.

Interested? Book to speak with a Growth Curve Business Adviser.
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In partnership with:

Cranfield University University of Bedfordshire University of Northampton

Part-funded by: