Programme Eligibility

This programme is for the leaders of early stage SMEs who have an operational base the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull and The Marches (Transitional area only - Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire) LEP regions.

In Addition:
•  Your business needs to have been trading for 12 months or more and have at least one FTE employee (the programme is not suitable for start-ups)
•  You are required to have a scalable business with potential for growth. Businesses from any sector will benefit, including Social Enterprises. Please note businesses in retail or agriculture sectors are not eligible for this programme.
•  The applicant should be the founder or CEO of the business, and should be the person who is responsible for driving the growth strategy of the business.
•  Your business needs to be an SME as defined by HMRC and meet the De Minimis State Aid criteria – has received no more than 200,000 euros State Aid in the last 36 months.