Participant Information Sheet
You have expressed interest in the ‘Leading to Grow’ programme which has been designed by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and delivered by leading business schools across England who hold the Small Business Charter accreditation. It is fully funded by the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of their Business Basics Programme. Before you decide whether to take part it is important for you to understand what participating will involve and how it will help your business. Please read the following information carefully and ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.
What are the objectives of the Programme?
The programme aims to test whether personalised, tailored support from a business school working with one of their business experts, an ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ (EiR), can help you reduce the perceived constraints to survival and growth and increase efficiency. Specifically, it will increase your awareness of digital and new technologies, demonstrate their relevance to your business and, in combination with enhancing leadership skills, aim to deliver future growth potential. We know that businesses like yours who adopt digital and new technologies, on average, increase their turnover per employee by 13% over and above what they would have done 3 years after introducing the technology.
What does the study / participation involve?
As a participant, you will be invited to participate in an initial half-day workshop as part of a group of owner-managers of micro-firms all of which employ less than 10 people. Before the workshop, you will be asked for information about your business to confirm eligibility for the study. This information will include:
- Your name, the business name, address and contact details
- Type of business (sector or activity); number of employees
- Date of business start-up or company formation
- Companies House registration number; or VAT number; or PAYE reference
- How you found out about the programme
- Any previous Business School support with the aim of improving business efficiency?
- Your current awareness and use of digital and new technologies
- Your agreement to participate in the programme and hold your data solely for this programme
The workshop is participative, will aim to provide you with practical information and techniques to plan and use digital and new technologies in areas of your business where they can add most value. After the workshop, 60% of the participants will be randomly selected and invited to participate in up to four hours 1:1 support with an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) with practical experience in helping micro-firms improve their business competitiveness through applying digital and new technologies. If you are invited your participation is voluntary. If you accept, we will ask you to:
- Complete a diagnostic questionnaire with the EiR to identify key areas where digital and new technologies can enhance your business performance
- Agree to up to 4 hours contact with the EiR. Normally over 2-3 meetings at your business or a convenient place. This time may include remote contact by phone or video.
- Participate in a final workshop in April 2020.
Who is delivering the Programme?
Centre for Growth at Aston Business School and University of Birmingham Enterprise
What happens to the information I provide?
The information will be held by insert business school and CABS. All data provided by you with be stored securely with security procedures and restricted access. Firm and personal identity will be anonymised other than for contact purposes. Data on your business will not be shared with Government.
What happens after the Programme finishes?
You will be contacted 3 months after the final workshop to participate in a survey conducted for the Small Business Charter team at CABS to provide information on any actions you have undertaken as a result of participating in the various elements of the programme. The results of the survey will inform future policy and programmes for small businesses on improving business competitiveness and productivity through leadership and digital adoption. Your business will not be identified in any way without your permission as the findings will be made publicly available.
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