Small and Mighty Enterprise Programme relaunches offering micro-businesses free support

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Small Business Britain is expanding its Small and Mighty Enterprise Programme to help 1,000 more small businesses across the UK.

Aiming to supercharge Britain’s smallest firms as they face ongoing economic challenges, the digital learning programme – offered in partnership with global small business platform Xero and new university ARU Peterborough – is completely free to sole traders and micro businesses.

The six-week course aims to offer targeted skills support for small firms and was originally founded to support micro-businesses and sole traders that aren’t eligible for other schemes.

Delivered entirely online, guidance is offered from ARU Peterborough academics and other expert trainers. There are opportunities for group and individual mentoring as well as help for businesses to draft a growth plan.

Entrepreneurs receive weekly expert teaching on topics from business strategy and marketing to finance and resilience guidance on the new Making Tax Digital legislation. 

Each business on the Small and Mighty Enterprise programme will also have access to a supportive online network of small business owners taking part in the programme as well as former alumni.

Michelle Ovens CBE, founder of Small Business Britain, comments: “We are delighted to be bringing back this programme to be bigger and better than ever. There continues to be a massive need to support the UK’s very smallest firms, who make up the bulk of the UK economy and represent huge opportunity for growth. But they can often face a difficult and unclear path with limited support. Small and Mighty is designed to change this by offering business owners relevant, targeted help to navigate the route to growth.” 

Alex von Schirmeister, MD at Xero UK, adds: “Small businesses do so much for our communities, but we need to make life better for their owners. I can’t think of a better initiative in the UK than this one and we’ve seen first-hand what a tremendous impact it can have. Following the journey of business owners throughout it was uplifting and inspiring and we can’t wait to meet the new cohort.”

Dr Tom Williamson, Assistant Principal of ARU Peterborough, concludes: “We’re delighted to be continuing our successful collaboration with Small Business Britain on this fantastic programme. 

“ARU Peterborough’s experts in business, management and finance have now helped a huge number of small businesses to ‘think big’, and we can’t wait to help a new group of micro-business owners as part of this important programme.”

Small businesses can apply to take part in the programme here.