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Scale Up Business Development Programme

Do you have the potential to scale your business?

Do you want to expand into new markets?

Could your business benefit from specialist advice and support to unlock its true growth potential?


This programme supports ambitious businesses with the potential and determination to achieve significant sustainable business growth.

Established businesses face many business growth challenges when scaling their operation, including:

  • Accessing new regional, national and international markets
  • Assessing and understanding the best financial options for growth; both debt & equity
  • Introducing differentiated products and services that build on existing markets
  • Being resilient to change in the economy or markets that can hinder growth
  • Boosting productivity and minimising waste
  • Developing and building an effective team


Find out how our Scale Up Programme assisted Birch Sheet Metals:


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We can offer a package of fully-funded support tailored to the specific needs of the business, comprising all of the following:

ScaleUp masterclasses – Rapidly scaling a business such that it grows exponentially is especially challenging. These half-day events deliver a new specialist set of power tools that help overcome the most common growth constraints – showcasing practical techniques, converting ambitious strategic intent into a profitable operational reality.

Peer-to-peer board networks – presenting a new approach to tackling the challenges of scaling a business, by pooling the experience and expertise of other ambitious Humber business owners within a confidential professional forum. You will build a new network of objective trusted advisors who think and act as you do, and the shared wisdom and experiences of a local group and their combined network will help make “it” happen.

“WOW” leadership events – Local Humber based leadership heroes provide a unique insight to their scale-up journey and share their experiences of the pitfalls to avoid when scaling your business and how to scale without limits.

1-2-1 coaching support – from a team of highly experienced and proven high growth entrepreneurs. Opportunities to learn from like-minded people who have been on a similar growth journey. The coaching support is tailored to focus on the specific growth constraints facing your business right now.

Growthology Online Playbook – an online learning platform providing 24/7 access to downloads of learning materials, growthology toolkits, webinars, “how to” guides and templates.

Who is it for?

Your business must meet the eligibility criteria for the #GrowMySME Programme as a whole, which can be found below.

In addition, your business must:

  • Have grown annual turnover or employee numbers by a minimum of 20% within the last 12 months, or have a genuine ambition and commitment to do so in the next 12 months.
  • Have a product or service that can scale into new regional, national and international markets.
  • Have a minimum of 5 full time (or equivalent) staff.



As a leader of a Humber based business, you’ll know this programme is for you if:

  • You and your team are totally committed to rapidly growing your business
  • Your business requires specialist consultancy and advice to help overcome the challenges associated with rapidly scaling up
  • You recognise that you may have to up-skill you and your team in order to successfully grow the business
  • Your business needs to tap into the high growth business support in order to expand internationally and find the funds to fuel this growth

Additional information:

The programme is delivered on behalf of the HEY Growth Hub by Winning Pitch Trading Ltd. Since 2007, Winning Pitch have studied the behaviours and strategies of the world’s fastest growing companies. From 10,000 businesses they have developed intellectual property through their research-led approach that has created this unique programme of support for Humber businesses.

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.