Innovative Growth Initiatives and Financial Workshops Available for West Northants Businesses

The West Northamptonshire Growth and Innovation project, delivered by the University of Bedfordshire, is a new £625,000 business support programme open to all businesses based in the West Northants area.

Funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), the University will deliver business growth initiatives, including activities designed to empower innovation and accelerate growth. This will enhance productivity and competitiveness, whilst developing new skills and increase employment opportunities.

From fully funded participation in short courses to personalised 1-2-1 consultancy sessions with industry experts, businesses will receive tailored support to address their unique needs. £325,000 of matched funded revenue grants are available to qualifying businesses up to a maximum value of £20,000.

As part of the programme, you have the opportunity to attend a comprehensive one-day workshop designed exclusively for SMEs and entrepreneurs* aiming to strengthen their financial management skills in a bid to grow their business and/or attract investment. This workshop will provide you with essential knowledge and practical insights to manage your finances effectively, drive business growth, and attract potential investors.

Dates: Wednesday 5th June OR Wednesday 10th July

Times: 10 am – 4 pm

Location: Vulcan Works, Northampton NN1 1EW

Target Audience

  • Early-stage entrepreneurs
  • Growth-stage businesses
  • Small business owners
  • Start-up founders

Key Learning Objectives: Participants will learn

  • Understanding Financial Statements: How to interpret and analyse income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements.
  • Financial Planning & Budgeting: How to create realistic financial projections and budgets to guide your business decisions.
  • Cash Flow Management: Discover strategies to maintain a healthy cash flow, manage working capital efficiently, and avoid cash flow pitfalls.
  • Managerial Decision Making: Learn how to make better financial decisions that will grow your business
  • Investment Readiness: Understand how to prepare for and attract funding into your business

Workshop Highlights

  • Real-world case studies and examples
  • Hands-on exercises and group activities
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded entrepreneurs

*Eligible businesses and entrepreneurs must register for the programme to benefit from the free financial management workshop.