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About the programme

The University of Chester is proud to be a delivery partner of the Cheshire & Warrington Business Growth Programme.

With investment of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), this innovative programme brings together key business support providers across Cheshire and Warrington to offer businesses access to growth support services.

The programme utilises the specialist expertise and facilities available from the delivery partners which includes Higher and Further Education partners, Local Authority Growth Teams and several science and business parks within the sub-region.  

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​​​​​Eligibility

Anyone running a small-to-medium enterprise or aspiring entreprenuer in Cheshire and Warrington is entitled to receive 12 hours of support through this ERDF funded programme. For full details on eligibility criteria please visit the website or contact the team.

To find out more about the support available directly from the University of Chester please email BGP_Team@chester.ac.uk or phone 01244 512655.

Expertise from the University of Chester

The programme provides a minimum of 12 hours fully-funded support through a range of activities depending on the individual needs:

  • Bootcamps - (2-3 days): Innovation/Growth and Start-Up
  • Workshops –(3-6 hours): Website and SEO, Branding and Logos, Marketing Strategy, HR (recruiting your first employee, attracting and retaining talent), Funding and Finance (income strategies, innovation, grant funding, VC funding), LinkedIn and  Instagram
  • Masterclasses – (1-2 days): Getting Retailer Ready, Product Photography.
  • Seminars - GDPR, HR, Finance, IP
  • One-to-one advice and mentoring – Each participant of the programme will be assigned to a Business Development Manager from the University who will conduct a business diagnostic to ensure the support is tailored accordingly
  • Peer-to-peer support – Participants will benefit from the support and advice of peers, sharing top tips and best practice.

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Thornton Science Park     

Opportunity to forge close collaborative research and development relationships with academic experts

Access to students on placements for short-term projects

Ability to recruit undergraduate talent emerging from the University’s Science and Engineering cou

NoWFOOD     

Two days’ funded support with product development in our Development Kitchen

A minimum of 12 hours of funded support conducting Consumer Research using our Sensory Suite or nutritional analysis and microbiological testing

Riverside Innovation Centre

Offers start-up business office space and professional conferencing and meeting facilities.

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Case Studies

Read about businesses who are feeling the benefits of business growth support from the University of Chester.

Top Tips for your business growth

Read the latest top tips from our Business Development Managers.