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Sector Development

Helping your business overcome growth barriers by dealing with issues specific to your sector.

The #GrowMySME – Business Growth Scheme has been developed to support Humber businesses to overcome their barriers to growth, and a large component of this is to work with SMEs to help identify, engage, and overcome barriers and issues that are posed by the specific sector that they are in.

Sector-specific issues and needs are often complex, with key variations in terms of skills needs, new product or process developments, changes to the legal or regulatory landscape, knowing when and where to look for new sales opportunities, and just generally scanning the horizon for forthcoming changes to – and from within – the sector. Indeed; the most successful businesses keep one step ahead of the competition by consistently scanning the horizon.

The Business Growth Scheme is therefore offering tailored support to businesses that sit within the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s priority and key enabling sectors – which can be seen below. Sitting alongside the core offer of the Business Growth Scheme (of one-to-one advisor support, workshops & masterclasses and grant funding), our Sector Development support will be developed and commissioned on a rolling, needs-led basis. The Business Growth Scheme is currently engaging with key sector and industry stakeholders as well as carrying out research into the specific support needs of each of the Humber’s priority and key enabling sectors.

It is envisaged at this stage that the support will consist of specialist workshops and events, conferences, digital resources, and the commissioning of specialist – externally delivered – tailored support programmes that are delivered exclusively for the sectors in question.

If you are interested to know more, contact the Business Growth Scheme team, check these web-pages on regular basis, and sign-up to our #GrowMySME mailing list to be kept up-to-date with the latest business support available.


  • Chemicals
  • Construction
  • Creative & Digital
  • Energy & Renewables
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Food & Drink
  • Health & Social Care
  • Ports & Logistics
  • Social Enterprise
  • Visitor Economy

Support Types

  • Emerging Trends & Horizon Scanning 
  • Workforce, Skills and Recruitment needs
  • New Products, Processes, and Technologies 
  • Regulatory and Compliance Changes
  • New Market Opportunities

Current Sector Development Support

Visitor Economy

If you’re a leisure, retail, hospitality, accommodation, venue or transport business that that works with tourists either leisure or corporate, then we’ve got a specialist package of help and advice for you. Developed in partnership with colleagues from regional tourist boards and visitor economy teams, we’ve put together a support offer that will help your business to recover from the impacts of Covid-19 and then go on to thrive. This support includes:

  • One-to-one information, advice and guidance from a Visitor Economy Business Advisor (Available Now)
  • Workshops and masterclasses covering need to know topics and trends in the Visitor Economy, including (Coming Autumn 2021):
    • How to market your business online
    • How to collaborate with other business to develop package trips, deals and offers
    • How to generate return custom

We’ve made it simple to access

We’ve already helped a number of businesses on their way to success and want to make it as simple as possible for you to access support too. If you’re interested in attending a bespoke one-to-one session, taking part in one of our workshops or finding out whether you’re eligible for a business grant, just follow our three simple steps:

Step 1.
Find the right scheme for you

The #GrowMySME programme offers support for businesses through three schemes. Browse this website for more information about each.

Step 2.
Are you eligible?

95% of SMEs in the Humber region may be eligible to access support. If you’re a business with under 250 full-time equivalent employees you should fit the bill.

Step 3.
Enquire now

Simply complete an Expression of Interest and we’ll check your eligibility for you. One of our advisors will then be in touch to find out how we can help.

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Is your business eligible?

As a minimum, your business must:

  • Be trading in the Humber area – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
  • Have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees
  • Have a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m

If eligible, SMEs will be able to apply for all aspects of the #GrowMySME programme.

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Want to find out more or chat about how we can help?

To find out more about the range of services, events and grants that the programme offers, contact us on our enquire now page or give us a call.

Finance for Growth, ICT for Growth and the Business Growth Scheme are supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme. These schemes are delivered by HEY Growth Hub and Hull City Council, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and e-factor Group Ltd.