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Accelerating innovation & growth - pilot study of support for SME growth

The Technology Strategy Board has outlined how they will significantly increase help for small businesses (SMEs) in 2014.  Among the measures is connecting companies to coaching, and entrepreneurial skills training, building on our existing partnerships with the Growth Accelerator.

 

During 2013 they ran a pilot project, in partnership with GrowthAccelerator, the University of Plymouth and the Entrepreneurs & Education Programme (EEP). It gave SMEs, who were existing clients of the Technology Strategy Board, access to a range of support for business growth alongside the grant funding to support their innovation.

 

The objectives of that pilot project were:

1.       To test whether SMEs who receive external advice and guidance alongside their Technology Strategy Board funding are more likely to be successful

2.       To explore different types of support and methods of delivery

 

The evaluation of the pilot project concluded that:

·         Complementary support works – the support resulted in significant changes in SMEs’ attitude, behaviour and performance, including accelerated growth and innovation, increased confidence and willingness to seek support in the future.

·         Awareness of need – SME leaders tend not to seek support because they do not recognise the need, or are unaware of what is available. During the pilot, the SMEs’ participation substantially raised their awareness and understanding of the benefits, enhancing their intentions to seek support in the future.

·         Communication and incentives – it was apparent that multiple 'touch points' helped to engage clients and that appropriate incentives did increase take -up.  The most effective scale and combination of incentives requires further consideration.

 

These lessons will substantially inform the support we plan to provide for our SME clients. They have published the evaluation report which contains more information on the pilot project and details of the impact on innovation and growth.  You can download it from the bottom of this page https://www.innovateuk.org/working-with-smes or go straight to the Executive Summary or the Full Report

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