Small Business Charter awarded funding for a leadership programme to support microbusinesses

We are delighted that the Small Business Charter has been awarded funding to work with a consortium of business schools to deliver a leadership programme to support microbusinesses across England to adopt digital and new technology.

Eligible microbusinesses will be able to attend the programme at no cost. The programme is being funded by the Government’s £8m Business Basics Programme run by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK.

The programme will be delivered by Small Business Charter awarded schools in the East and West Midlands, South and West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, the North East, London and the South East.

To participate in the programme businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be registered with Companies House and have a trading history of three years or more
  • Employ between 1 and 9 people
  • Not have participated on a formal programme to raise productivity delivered by a business school in the last 12 months

Full details of the programme will be available soon.

Businesses interested in attending the programme can register their interest by email at

Press can contact Barney Roe, Director of Communications & External Relations, on +44 (0) 207 236 7678 or