A unique support programme has been launched to help Lancashire’s scaleup businesses bounce back stronger from the coronavirus pandemic.
Two Zero Scaleup Resurgence, fully funded by Lancashire County Council, is designed to help high-growth small and medium-sized businesses return to full strength quickly after Covid-19.
25 places have been made available for the 90-day support programme, which will be delivered digitally by business performance consultancy Cube Thinking and tailored to the needs of scaleup companies.
It is aimed specifically at firms looking to achieve sustained 20 per cent year-on-year growth and includes quality coaching and mentoring, high-growth masterclasses featuring scaleup experts and peer-to-peer learning with likeminded ambitious leaders.
Amin Vepari, programme manager, Two Zero said: “Two Zero was established in January to support Lancashire’s most ambitious companies, those looking to grow 20 per cent per year, to achieve their goals.
“While at the moment those companies may not be experiencing that kind of growth, they will want to return to it as quickly as possible. We have been engaging closely with high-growth businesses and it’s inspiring to see their determination to get through coronavirus and make their businesses even better than before.
“Working with Cube Thinking, which has a strong track record of supporting high-growth businesses, will help these scaleup companies to refocus and return to their growth trajectory.”
Two Zero Scaleup Resurgence will begin in July and will cover a range of areas which are key to helping leaders improve resilience in fast-growing businesses.
These include innovative thinking, data-driven decision making, how and where to access scaleup funding and how to collaborate better with other likeminded leaders.
County councillor Michael Green, cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, Lancashire County Council, said: “Lancashire has a strong pool of fast-growing businesses which were achieving 20 per cent year-on-year growth in the lead up to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is a unique community of businesses and Lancashire County Council has listened closely to their unique needs.
“Providing this package of quality tailored support to help these ambitious businesses bounce back from the challenges of coronavirus will help the whole Lancashire economy to bounce back, creating jobs and prosperity for Lancashire residents.”
The programme will close for applications on June 30. Businesses who are chosen to benefit from Two Zero Scaleup Resurgence will also be expected to agree to a commitment charter, outlining a number of ways they will give back to the Lancashire business community in return for their place.
For full eligibility criteria and to apply, businesses should visit https://www.twozerolancs.com/programmes/scaleup-resurgence/.