Business Growth Programme

To help foster a strong and inclusive economy, the Business Growth Programme offers SMEs fully-funded direct advice and guidance in Strategic Business Planning or Marketing and Sales that is designed to build confidence and capacity, and give a clear route to growth and sustainability.   

Driving innovation and boosting productivity is key to facilitating economic success in all of our communities, and we are keen to support local businesses to grow and create employment opportunities in the city.

Our support can be accessed by a variety of businesses in Liverpool from long-established firms to recent university spin outs, across a range of key sectors including:

  • professional services
  • creative and digital
  • advanced manufacturing
  • health and life sciences

What we offer

Following a comprehensive diagnostic of your business, we will put together an action plan to help you realise your growth ambitions and identify any issues that may be standing in your way.

We can then offer your business fully-funded specialist support focusing on Strategic Business Planning or Marketing and Sales.

Alongside this, we can connect you with additional relevant services such as:

  • recruitment and training support
  • funding opportunities
  • advice around net zero  

What our advisers say

'As a business strategist, my role is to support SMEs to create a vision of the future and put in place a pathway for getting there. If you’re looking to grow, you may need a compelling strategy that will drive this forward or you may just be at the stage where you have many ideas in your head but need to develop them into viable propositions. Either way, I can support you to assess your current situation and identify how you can most effectively move forward at the pace you want to.'
Mark Butchard, Strategic Business Planning

'Why do your customers love you, and how can you tell more people about what you do? That’s what I’m interested in, and although we might use some longer words to describe the process, that’s what I work on with companies through the BGP. We can work on any of your marketing problems, from the big ones like “what should we do next?” to something as specific as “how do I write a better LinkedIn post”, but we’ll always be coming back to what it is you do that makes you different.'
Phil Davies, Marketing and Sales

What our clients say

'Liverpool City Council’s Business Growth Programme has been a very useful tool - helping us identify development strategies for the short, mid & long term. Mark Butchard, who assisted us, was able to really understand our business and the support sessions enabled us to formulate a realistic plan to help maximise our development without affecting the quality of our services. The process was very insightful and now we can look on our business in a different light having had an external view of what we do.'
Martin Mulholland & Geoff Davies - Directors, MD Safety Management Ltd.

'We received marketing support from Phil Davies through Liverpool City Council’s Business Growth Programme; his assistance was incredibly constructive, relevant and thoughtful. Taking efforts to understand our position, he made recommendations that were feasible, scalable and mindful of our capacity; I very much appreciate that. Phil was amenable to finding positive ways to inform and improve the work, rather than changing it to fit a prescribed model or simply making comparisons to other businesses. This tailored approach was deeply meaningful and has taught me much about our business, approaching stakeholders and ways to improve in the coming years.'
Emma Smith – Artistic Director and CEO, Liverpool Irish Festival

Who can apply?

If your business is based in Liverpool, already trading, employs fewer than 250 people and trades business-to-business, you may be eligible to access the Business Growth Programme.

It is not sector specific, we are keen to work with businesses from all areas of the city and we are happy to assist SMEs who have previously been reluctant to seek support.

How to register

To register your interest, please email Jacqueline Gilroy and Howard Fleming at or contact us via Twitter @lpoolbizgrowth.

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This programme is partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is delivered by Liverpool City Region Local Authorities and Chambers of Commerce through the Business Growth Programme/Liverpool City Region Integrated Business Support (LCRIBS) Programme. Part of the Local Growth Hub in Liverpool City Region.