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Businesses are being encouraged to sign up before the Accelerate programme comes to an end on May 31.

Accelerate is a subsidised training programme that has been successfully supporting businesses to plan ahead with the new technologies, knowledge, skills and business processes that they need.

Partly funded by the European Social Fund, the programme focusses on re-skilling and upskilling individual staff in a range of key areas, from digital technology and IT for business to leadership and management and mental health.

As well as making short courses and key training available from a range of providers, funding is available for up to 40% of the cost for employees who live or work in Cheshire and Warrington, regardless of their business size or sector.

The University of Chester, Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub and Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) launched the training programme in 2021 and the region’s businesses are being encouraged to sign up before it comes to an end on May 31 and to plug any skills gaps.

Every business needs to be at the forefront of talent development to increase productivity and take advantage of new technologies and business practices to remain competitive. The Accelerate programme can offer a range of different training programmes to meet the needs of businesses as they adapt in the current economic climate.

Professor Kurt Allman, Dean of Chester Business School at the University of Chester said: “Skills development is a vital component in increasing the productivity and adaptability of workers and young people, assisting in the adoption of new technologies and opening up longer-term career opportunities. These are the building blocks of thriving economies and resilient communities.

“We are pleased to be a lead partner of Accelerate and support a culture of ongoing learning and development across Cheshire and Warrington.”

You can find out more about Accelerate on the Cheshire and Warrington LEP website - or by contacting the Accelerate Team on -


Further information

The Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub is a UK Government-backed service that is part of a 38-strong national network. It supports the LEP’s priorities of growing the sub-region’s economy through the attraction of inward investment, helping existing local businesses to grow, and increasing skills and innovation levels across Cheshire and Warrington.

The project Skills for Growth (Accelerate Cheshire & Warrington) Ref: 03S19P03307 is receiving up to £1.88 million of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit



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