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June 18, 2014

Did you know that the UK Government is giving away £40M to UK SMEs? The nationwide Growth Vouchers scheme will give 20,000 companies £2,000 each to spend on strategic advice in one of 5 key business areas, including marketing. And, Concentric Dots has been approved as an accredited provider.

To qualify for a voucher, your company must:

  • have 49 employees or less
  • be registered in England
  • have been trading for at least one year
  • not have paid for business advice in the last 3 years
  • be independent (i.e. no more than 25% is owned by other businesses or organisations)

How does the Growth Voucher scheme work? 

Follow these steps: 

  1. You’ll need to head over to the Marketplace website run by Enterprise Nation. 
  2. You complete their application form with key information about your business.
  3. Then you’ll be assessed, most likely over the phone, to confirm which of the five business area you need help with.
  4. Then, you’ll be entered into a random draw to receive the voucher.
  5. Assuming you qualify, you can spend your £2000 with an accredited adviser like Concentric Dots.You select your adviser and purchase services from them for a minimum of £4,000, which you pay for. You then claim £2,000 back from the scheme.

Useful links:

Apply for the voucher

See full terms 

See our profile on the Marketplace 

Using your Growth Voucher with Concentric Dots

We work with leading SMEs to give them the clarity and strategy to pilot their business growth online. All our programmes are based a tried tested and trusted 6 Step Content Marketing Framework captured in Concentric Dots proven template for online marketing success, by Stephen Bateman. The structured mentoring programme guides you through putting together a content marketing strategy, and a 12-month action plan to implement it.

Get a detailed strategic plan for your business

This is an end-to-end strategic plan for your business, mapped against the 6 pillars of our 6 Step Framework, to help you improve your online marketing. This strategic support is undertaken over a day’s workshop, and a further 8 hours 1:1, with your strategic plan as the main deliverable. 

This package usually costs £4,000. With your Growth Voucher this will cost you £2,000

To talk about this, please call Stephen on 07889 462 319 or use our contact form


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Author: Stephen Bateman Digital media pragmatist applying robust digital media disciplines to business development. I help organisations and their teams develop the content marketing skills and processes needed to grow their readers and convert their visitors into customers.


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