Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme Winter 2017 Cohort Open for Applications

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Do you run a successful business or social enterprise and are looking to grow?

Goldman Sachs, a WEConnect International corporate member, is running the 10,000 Small Businesses programme , which provides free, high-quality, practical education specifically tailored to the needs of UK small business leaders. Participants will receive 100 hours of teaching designed by leading experts and delivered through online and residential sessions led by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, together with Aston University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University. The programme is fully funded for successful applicants.

Additionally, participants gain exposure to a national network of professional experts through business coaching and one-to-one advising. Graduates will also join a highly active and unique national network of small businesses who provide ongoing peer support to one another and frequently establish B2B trading.

Stephen Ware, Partner at MM & JE Ware & Son and 10KSB Programme Graduate of 2016 said:

"The 10ksb programme has been invaluable in balancing our approach to the farming business - we are now not only in the business of growing, we’re also growing the business."


The programme is offered on a fully funded basis to small businesses and social enterprise leaders who desire to grow their businesses, create local employment and have scalable business models. This programme is not intended for start-up businesses, sole traders or businesses that are not seeking to grow.

The following eligibility criteria also apply:

  • The applicant must be the primary owner / co-owner of the business, or the most senior decision-maker if the business is not limited by shares
  • The business must have been operating for at least three years and will generally have between five and 40 employees
  • The business should have an annual turnover of at least £250,000
  • Social enterprise applicants must be commercially operated businesses that achieve their social purpose through trading rather than grant funding
  • The business must be scalable and capable of generating additional local employment
  • Applicants should not have extensive recent management education
  • Preference will be given to those businesses operating in or on behalf of disadvantaged communities or regeneration areas

Applications for the programme beginning January 2017 close on Monday 24th October.
For more information, click here or to start your application, click here.

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