Partner Programmes

Made Smarter Programme

Connecting manufacturers and makers to digital tools that they can utilise to transform the way they work.

The programme helps eligible businesses to grow through emerging digital technology and to cut costs, go to market faster and reduce downtime.

Having been assigned an adviser you can also gain access to funding, skills and leadership training and transportation workshops - Made Smarter Programme ( 

UK Export Academy

Learn how to sell your products and services to the world. Exporting can help you grow your business by finding new customers and increasing your sales - UK Export Academy (

Trade Surgeries

Staffordshire Chambers International Trade Centre are currently offering free 45 minute trade surgeries, giving businesses one-to-one support to help unlock new overseas markets. Such surgeries are ideal for businesses who have never traded internationally or who have just started to break into new markets. Book your place.

Carbon Literacy Training

Training is available for businesses based in Staffordshire, this fully funded short online course provides individuals with an awareness of climate related impacts their activities have.

It will also provide them with the knowledge and motivation to make reductions to greenhouse gas emissions - Carbon Literacy Training (

Staffordshire County Council Enterprise Centres

The County Council has a number of units to let in Stafford as part of its overall strategy of regeneration and economic development.

These are available to let on flexible, monthly 'easy-in', 'easy-out' licences - Staffordshire County Council Enterprise Centres (

Staffordshire Business and Environmental Network

A free membership group to help businesses achieve long term sustainability and maximise their business opportunities through innovative environmental activity - Staffordshire Business and Environmental Network (

The Carbon Tracker

A fully funded online carbon foot printing and reporting tool that enables Staffordshire organisations to measure and monitor carbon emissions from their energy use, fuel use, transport, water consumption and energy generation. Standard recommendations are also provided to help you reduce your carbon emissions - The Carbon Tracker (

Environmental Sustainability GROWTHmapper

This free tool is available to Staffordshire organisations to help them analyse and assist with environmental sustainability.

It is a comprehensive sustainability diagnostic tool which helps businesses to identify opportunities towards decarbonisation and to develop a plan of action - Environmental Sustainability GROWTHmapper (

Creative Lab

Offered by Staffordshire University, this is a platform for ideas and business model generation, scaling up and new product or process design.

It is a workspace that provides access to specialist and collaborative facilities where students, innovative thinkers, start-ups and SMEs can benefit from a digitally enhanced environment and university expertise - Creative Lab ( 

Staffordshire University Knowledge Partnerships

KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, the University, and a recently qualified graduate to collaborate on a business opportunity, idea or innovation and supports companies to drive innovation through the development of new digital products, processes and services.

SMEs can claim grant support at 67% towards project costs and for large companies 50% - Staffordshire University Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (

Staffordshire University Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Specifically for growth orientated businesses with up to 500 employees, the focus of a mKTP is specifically on delivering human-centred and/or technology enabled, strategic change.

Up to 67% funding is available depending on the size of the business - Staffordshire University Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (

SHSEP and SEGway Programmes

Staffordshire Higher Skills and Engagement Pathways (SHSEP) and Staffordshire E-Skills and Entrepreneurship Gateway (SEGway) offer a variety of continuous professional development courses to help transform the leadership, management, entrepreneurial, digital and technical skills for a business and its employees - SHSEP and SEGway Programmes (

Hatchery and Incubation Office Spaces

Office space of all sizes based in Stafford is available to rent through Staffordshire University. Through this, businesses can gain access to academic expertise, specialist equipment, training courses, business mentors and so much more - Hatchery and Incubation Office Spaces (

Department of International Trade

Whether you are interested in exporting for the first time, or an experienced exporter, support from the UK Government’s DIT can help your business to grow in new markets - Department of International Trade (

Keele University Knowledge Transfer Partnership

This programme is designed to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills.

A KTP is a three-way project partnership between a business, Keele University and a recently-qualified high-calibre graduate.

Up to 67% of the total KTP budget for SMEs is met by Government funding (for larger companies, this is up to 50%). In certain cases, the KTP may also be eligible for Research and Development tax credits - Keele University Knowledge Transfer Partnership (

The Base Camp Programme

A two-day workshop focused on maximising marketing and sales strategies to drive growth in your business.

This fully funded Base Camp features expert speakers in marketing, communications and sales and is open to innovative and ambitious early-stage small business owners and entrepreneurs who are based in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire - The Base Camp Programme (

Smart Energy Network Demonstrator

Access to a specialist researcher and academic expert for those wanting their business to become more sustainable and energy efficient - Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (

The Skills Support for the Workforce Programme

Helps to support small and medium businesses in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire to upskill their employees with training courses and qualifications to help their business grow and boost the local economy - The Skills Support for the Workforce Programme (

Innovate UK 

Supports business led innovation in all sectors and technologies.

Innovate UK help businesses grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes and services.  

Princes Trust

Helps support young people (18-30 years old) into education, training and employment. Their support covers the practicalities of running a business, followed by 1-2-1 support for business forecasting and business mentoring for 2 years.

If applicants have completed the Trust’s ‘Explore Enterprise Course’, they can apply for a ‘Test My Business Idea’ grant of up to £500 to help with market research for a new idea.

Loans are also available along with a live chat option on Prince's Trust (

MentorMe Programme

The Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) offer free 1-2-1 virtual business support sessions for Staffordshire businesses looking to:

  • Start a business or in the embryonic stages of your business?
  • Keen to identify potential new markets?
  • Interested in bid ready for public procurement opportunities?
  • Need advice on chasing late payments?
  • Seeking general advice and support?

Contact to book a slot.

Staffordshire Start Up Scheme

A programme of free advice, mentoring and support to help people who want to set up their own business in Staffordshire.

These sessions can help with selecting and entering a market, how to spot a potential crisis and how to overcome it - Staffordshire Start up Scheme (

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