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Ambitious digital, creative and tech companies urged to join Greater Connected accelerated growth programme

Rob Sethna

With the next Greater Connected cohort just around the corner, GC Business Growth Hub is looking for ambitious digital, creative and tech companies in Greater Manchester to take part.

The fully-funded programme, which starts on 25th June, is designed to give business owners the time, skills and expertise they need to grow in their own way.

Greater Connected is made up of two-and-a-half days of learning spread across six weeks, with team sessions giving access to tailored expert advice from some of the best digital, creative and tech practitioners in the area.

Each company also has a designated growth advisor to help identify where they need to focus to achieve their business goals and develop and implement a tailored plan to make that happen.

Rob Sethna, Digital, Creative, and Tech Growth Coach, for the programme said: “With such a thriving digital, creative and tech community in Greater Manchester, we created the Greater Connected programme to help businesses in those sectors not only survive in today’s economic climate, but really accelerate growth.

“It’s often the case with small businesses that founders and CEOs find themselves working in the business rather than on the business, and that’s what this programme aims to change.”

With 13 cohorts to date, the Greater Connected programme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, has helped over 140 business owners to kickstart their growth journey.

Speaking of her experience with the programme, Stephanie Shuttleworth, founder and creative director of independent marketing and operations agency for the beer industry MASH Marketing, said: “Before joining the Greater Connected programme in 2018, I was running my company solo with help from a few freelancers.

“I was doing as much as I needed to survive but didn’t have the confidence to take risks or access to the resources I needed to grow.

“I now have a full-time contractor working with me and have plans to hire at least one more full-time member of staff this year. I have also doubled the value of several key contracts.”