Growing your business

Your business is established and you want to accelerate your sustainable growth. Our guidance and 1-2-1 support from the Business Adviser team is available.

Tailored support for your business

The Berkshire Growth Hub delivers the government funded business advice service and supports small and medium sized enterprises in Berkshire to achieve sustainable business growth. We offer a range of services from our valuable support guides to our business support tool which can give you access to tailored business resources.

Create a free account to access all of our valuable support guides and resources.

We can help your business

Explore our support guides for helpful information or create a profile for full access to our support guides and our detailed resources that our tailored to your business needs.

The 1-2-1 service is personal and connects you to Business Advisers who have spent their careers starting, growing and working in businesses. Business Advisers will review your business needs and direct you to possible solutions from the range of support available from the public, private and voluntary and community sectors.

We’re here for you.

Are you a business in Berkshire looking for support? Get in touch with our Business Advisers:

Support guides

We’ve got lots of useful guides to help you get your new business off on the right foot.

Our support guides and resources cover everything you’ll need to know – sales & marketing, people, finance & funding and lots more. Register now to access it all.

Thinking of trading overseas
Thinking of trading overseas

The Export Support Service from the Department of International Trade will help with selling your product or service overseas. Read more

Thames Valley Berkshire Funding Escalator
Thames Valley Berkshire Funding Escalator

A range of finance options for established and scaling Berkshire businesses Read more

Training and employment schemes for your business
Training and employment schemes for your business

Consider the range of government programmes which are available when you are hiring employees, offering work experience or upskilling existing staff. Read more

Innovate UK
Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s national innovation agency supporting innovation in all sectors, technologies and UK regions. Read more

5 key steps to an effective sales strategy
5 key steps to an effective sales strategy

Explore the key 5 key steps to developing an effective sales strategy. Read more

Be the Business online support tools
Be the Business online support tools

Be The Business is a Government funded online service full of use tools, templates and resources to help your business grow and prosper Read more

Business Builder – Digital tool
Business Builder – Digital tool

Business Builder is a digital tool designed to give you the right support at the right time for you and your business. Read more

Does your Networking Work? Our Top Tips
Does your Networking Work? Our Top Tips

Whether you’re an old hand at networking, or just dipping your toe in the water, you’ll want a good return on investment from your endeavours. Read more

Adopting Sustainable Practices
Adopting Sustainable Practices

By adopting sustainable practices, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Berkshire can not only reduce their environmental impact but also boost profitability and future-proof their operations. Read more

Making Business Finance Work For You
Making Business Finance Work For You

British Business Bank's "Making business finance work for you" guide is designed to help you make an informed choice about accessing the right type of finance for your business. Read more

Business premises
Business premises

Review our key questions when thinking about your business premises Read more

Top 10 AI Tools for SMEs in 2024
Top 10 AI Tools for SMEs in 2024

As we step into 2024, the landscape of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is increasingly influenced by the innovative capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Read more

Energy Advice
Energy Advice

Covering advice on how to pay for your businesses energy with the Energy Bill Relief Scheme Read more

Budgeting and Accounting
Budgeting and Accounting

Consider the key aspects of budgeting and accounting for your business. Read more

New creative facility for renowned screen and performance sectors

AHRC is announcing a multimillion-pound investment to support the launch of CoSTAR, a new creative facility for the UK’s renowned screen and performance sectors. We’re calling on researchers, in collaboration with creative industries ... Read more

Join Help To Grow: Management
Join Help To Grow: Management

Designed to fit alongside work commitments, this programme combines a practical curriculum, with one-to-one support from a leading business mentor and alumni networking sessions. Read more

Business membership organisations
Business membership organisations

Each business membership organisation provides something different so it's important to review what you want and which will be best for you. Read more

10 ways to generate more sales leads
10 ways to generate more sales leads

To increase sales in your business, generating more leads is key. This guide shows you how to drum up more sales leads for your business. Read more

Create a marketing plan
Create a marketing plan

Not sure how to write your marketing plan, or even where to start? This marketing plan template guides you through the key aspects you need to cover Read more

Business insurance
Business insurance

Find out what business insurance you might need to protect your company against financial loss. Read more

Employing staff
Employing staff

People are a great resource for your business. It is important to recruit the right staff and to understand your responsibilities as an employer. Read more

Enterprise Nation – support for small businesses
Enterprise Nation – support for small businesses

See the support available from Enterprise Nation for small businesses. Read more

GrantFinder
GrantFinder

GrantFinder is the leading funding database in the UK covering local, national and international sources of funding Read more

How to start exporting?
How to start exporting?

Great.gov.uk provides support and resources to help businesses start exporting. Read more

The Finance Hub
The Finance Hub

Are you looking to grow your business? Understand the finance options for your business with the British Business Bank Finance Hub Read more

Further finance options for growing businesses
Further finance options for growing businesses

See what other finance options are available for growing businesses. Read more

Hiring an apprentice

There are many benefits to hiring an apprentice: Discover new talent Being involved with schools, colleges and universities is an opportunity to identify potential apprentices who are a good fit with your organisation. They can ... Read more

GDPR
GDPR

A helpful guide to GDPR and what you need to do. Read more

How to build your sales?
How to build your sales?

Review the resources available to help you build your sales Read more

Importing goods or services
Importing goods or services

Review this step by step guide to importing goods and services Read more

Improve your marketing return on investment
Improve your marketing return on investment

See how you can get the best return on your investment for your marketing spend. Read more

Local authority support
Local authority support

Find out the support provided by each of the six local authorities in Berkshire for businesses. Read more

Making Tax Digital
Making Tax Digital

Understand what you need to do to comply with the HMRC rules for Making Tax Digital for VAT and to find software. Read more

Marketing your business on social media
Marketing your business on social media

Review useful tips on how to market your business using social media. Read more

Professional membership organisations
Professional membership organisations

A professional body is an organisation that comprises members who are professionals in a specific sector. Read more

Research & Development Tax Credits
Research & Development Tax Credits

Find out whether your business could benefit from R & D tax credits. Read more

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce – International Trade Services
Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce – International Trade Services

Advice, resources, documentation, workshops and events for businesses looking to export goods and services Read more

Top 10 tips for credit control
Top 10 tips for credit control

Getting invoices paid on time is crucial for your business. Consider these tips to help you manage your cashflow. Read more

Trade finance for UK exporters
Trade finance for UK exporters

Find our how UK Export Finance can help you win contracts, fulfil orders and get paid. Read more

Types of Finance and Funding
Types of Finance and Funding

Find out the range of finance options available for growing businesses.. Read more

What is PR?
What is PR?

Find out how you can use PR and encourage customers and journalists to think and speak positively about your business. Read more

Green Skills Training in Berkshire

Free green skills construction courses from Langley College to employers in Berkshire to improve the skills of their workforce. Read more

The Education Landscape – Supporting pupils in local Schools & Colleges

Education Landscape's Guide for Employers will outline all the options you have for working with schools, colleges, universities and young people while providing the benefits of doing so. Read more

Manage your business dept, improve cash flow and get set for growth

Understand how to stabalise your business and move forward to growth and future success. Read more

Digital Growth Grant

Through a £12m Government grant Barclays Eagle Labs is boosting the growth of UK tech startups and scaleups for the next two years. Tap into an ecosystem connecting you to business growth experts through dedicated programmes, mentoring and much more. Read more

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High Growth Programme

If your business is growing or feel that it has potential to grow then our High Growth programme is for you. With tailored support, a dedicated Business Adviser and access to 1-1 sessions with sector specialists, the High Growth programme can help you supercharge your business.

Business success stories

Hear from the businesses we’ve supported across Berkshire.

Education Boutique – A Journey of Growth and Impact
Education Boutique – A Journey of Growth and Impact

Lucy Alexandra Spencer, a former teacher, ventured into the realm of private tutoring with a clear mission in mind— to create a lasting impact on education and empower students through 1-2-1 learning. In 2015, Lucy began her journey as a private tutor, seeking to make a difference outside the traditional classroom setting. Read more

HR Rewards & Recognition Platform secures £500,000 loan
HR Rewards & Recognition Platform secures £500,000 loan

Wokingham-based company secures a £500,000 growth loan to support continued software development and enable the recruitment of 7 local hires in 2023. Read more

Renewable energy powers HiFi Cinema showroom
Renewable energy powers HiFi Cinema showroom

A grant of £4,800 ensured that HiFi Cinema can generate renewable energy with a solar PV system, meaning, among other things, they can charge up two electric company vehicles. Read more

Events

Events are a great opportunity to learn something new or network with like minded businesses.

Business Support Morning

Event date - 27 February 2024

Event time - 10:00 am

Event type - Networking

Location - Village Hotel, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 0QJ

Looking for help to start or grow your own business? Not sure where to start? Come along to our business support morning at ... Read more

StartUP Part 2: Customers, Marketing and Making Money

Event date - 7 March 2024

Event time - 09:30 am

Event type - Webinar

Location - Online

FREE AND ONLINE: Develop your understanding of your customers, how you are likely to be able to reach them, and how you can increase your chance of a sale. Second workshop of two. Read more

NET ZERO Masterclass for SMEs

Event date - 12 March 2024

Event time - 09:30 am

Event type - Webinar

Location - Online

This FREE and online event will help Berkshire businesses to take the critical first / next steps on their net zero journey. Read more

Access your support

Business is easier when you have help. Our support guides and resources cover key aspects of starting, running and growing a business. We’re funded by Government and work in Berkshire, so have knowledge of local and national offers that can support you.

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