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About the Programme

The Building Back Better Growth Programme, a project funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund, aims to support Hertfordshire SMEs to sustain their recovery and growth following the pandemic, as well as helping to equip them with the skills and capabilities they need to develop their sustainable practices, net-zero literacy, and digitalisation.

The package of support, delivered by Hertfordshire Growth Hub in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, includes:

  • Consultancy Grant Programme (fully subscribed)
  • - 121 mentoring from experts at the University of Hertfordshire
    - Webinars
    - The Herts Sustainability Accelerator (fully subscribed)

    PLEASE NOTE: The Consultancy Grant Programme and The Herts Sustainability Accelerator is fully subscribed but we are still accepting Expressions of Interest for the 1 2 1 Mentoring stream.

    Consultancy Grant Programme

    The Consultancy Grant Programme provides eligible SMEs with specific innovation challenges related to sustainability, technology adoption or digitalisation with access to grant funding that can contribute up to £6,000* (with a 20% SME match fund contribution) for an improvement project via targeted consultancy support.

    For example, consultancy support to help:
  • Develop a digital strategy
  • Develop an app to improve online sales
  • Develop a net zero strategy

  • *Grant eligibility criteria apply

    121 mentoring from experts at the University of Hertfordshire

    Micro SMEs (with less than 5 employees) looking for support to grow and innovate can benefit from a package of support including 1-2-1 mentoring. Eligible SMEs will receive up to 12 hours of 1-2-1 mentoring from a University of Hertfordshire expert, who will spend time with them to support in reviewing their business plan, help them to set milestones for growth and innovation, and assess training needs.

    Mentoring expertise includes but are not limited to: resource efficiency including energy storage, low carbon design, Intellectual Property, and communication strategies.


    Eight free to attend educational webinars will be delivered by Hertfordshire Growth Hub as part of the Building Back Better Growth Programme. These will cover: net-zero/sustainability, technology adoption, and digitalisation focusing on next steps and bottom-line benefits. Find out more and secure your place on the events here.

    Who is the support for?

    This programme is aimed at helping Hertfordshire SMEs identify and understand their barriers to growth, enabling them to sustain recovery following the pandemic and focusing on specific challenges related to sustainability, technology adoption and digitalisation. Eligible SMEs are supported to make improvements through grant funding for tailored consultancy and a programme of business support.

    To meet eligibility, businesses must be:

  • Hertfordshire-based with less than 250 employees (SMEs)
  • SMEs that are looking to achieve one or more of the following:
  •      - Scale up with an innovative and sustainable project
         - Re-assess their business models
         - Upskill in the areas of sustainability, net zero and digitalisation


    This grant is open from 26-01-2022 to 30-09-2022 17:00

    Grant Programme eligibility

    Examples of eligible consultancy might include:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Programming and app development support
  • Technical support
  • Developing strategy – digital, net zero
  • Internet of Things lab hire or consultancy with expert academics providing technical, strategic and/or commercial support
  • Next steps and how to apply

    You’ll need to register if you haven’t already and then sign in.

    You’ll then be able to express your interest in the programme and one of the Project Team will be in touch to discuss next steps, including initial business diagnostic assessment and to understand your requirements to determine business eligibility.

    For queries or further information, please email or call 01707 398114