Category: Events
Topic: Business Advisory

GAINS business advisory funding is now available

GAINS, a new subsidised business coaching programme for Gloucestershire SMEs, is now open for applications.

The Gloucestershire Accelerated Impact Network Support (GAINS) programme is a newly launched package of support, run by the University of Gloucestershire and supported by the European Regional Development Fund. It has been specifically created for local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the potential and ambition to grow their business sustainably and achieve their goals. We are delighted to announce that our business advisory team are approved coaches on the programme.

To be accepted onto the GAINS scheme, your business must meet certain criteria, which includes being based within the area covered by GFirst LEP, reflect the definition of ‘high growth’, and be able to complete the course within six months.

Once on the programme, your management teams will receive access to four days of high-quality coaching, an in-depth business plan, a series of masterclasses that tackle local high-growth SME needs, and inclusion within a Gloucestershire-specific, high-growth networking group.

Richard Gray, business advisory manager, will lead our involvement with the GAINS programme, and is joined by partner Will Abbott. With over 21 years’ experience in various business development roles, Richard is a qualified mBIT coach and well known across the Gloucestershire business scene due to his past role as county lead on the successful Growth Accelerator scheme.

We know Gloucestershire is full of businesses that have the capability to grow but perhaps don’t have the experience or guidance internally to help them realise their full potential. Having access to a programme like this, the support it offers, and the approved coaches involved, could literally transform a company’s fortunes in a matter of months. And, if you feel that you require further support after the GAINS programme ends, our in-depth business advisory programmes will be ready and waiting for you.

Businesses that sign up to the GAINS programme will receive a subsidy of 40% towards the overall cost. Funding will run until December 2019, but is limited to just 220 Gloucestershire businesses, so we encourage businesses to apply as soon as possible to ensure that they benefit from the six-month long programme. To find out more, contact Richard on 01242 776000 or email