10k Small Businesses Programme

The 10k Small Businesses Programme is funded by Goldman Sachs and provides practical education and business support to leaders of high-growth small businesses and social enterprises across the country.

10k Small Businesses Programme


This programme is aimed at the leaders of high-growth small businesses and social enterprises. Its aims are to help business leaders navigate barriers to growth and unlock their business’s potential, with 10 core modules of targeted workshops, support and peer networking. It includes:

  • over 100 hours of business and management education, delivered over 10 core modules
  • business support services and one-to-one business advice
  • support to develop a Growth Plan, customised for your business
  • specialist workshops
  • unique networking and peer learning opportunities

Participants will work alongside other ambitious small business owners, with the support of Said Business School at Oxford University, the Aston Centre for Growth at Aston University, Leeds University Business School at University of Leeds, and the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University. At the end of the programme, participants join the 10k Small Business alumni network, alongside hundreds of the UK’s most exciting small businesses.

Am I eligible?

The programme is open to small and medium-sized businesses. You'll need to provide verification of your business as a legal entity and financial information in order to apply.

The key criteria are as follows:

  • The business should have been trading for a minimum of 3 years.
  • The business must have turnover in excess of £250,000 with no maximum.
  • The business should have more than 5 employees with the maximum probably around 60 employees, although this is flexible.
  • The applicant should be the major Shareholder or Decision maker.
  • The programme is open to businesses in all sectors
  • Applications are welcome from commercial businesses and Social Enterprises

Applications are now open for the programme which will be running in 2018 and the deadline for applications is the 15th September 2017.

Visit: www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000-small-businesses/UK for more information.                                                                      

Start your application at https://www.10ksbapply.co.uk


Business Growth team

You can contact our business growth team here at the LEP on 0113 3481818 or BusinessGrowth@the-lep.com to find out more. 

LEP Grants

Grants of between £10,000 and £250,000 are available for small and medium-sized businesses in the Leeds City Region, looking to grow their business and create new jobs.

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