Searching for the best high growth businesses in the South West

Mary Martin
Director of Marketing | Business West
25th October 2016

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme provides high-quality education and business support to leaders of high growth small businesses in the UK. The new expanded programme is now available in the South West and Business West is delighted to partner with Goldman Sachs to bring the programme to West based businesses.

Launched in 2010, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business programme has supported almost 1,000 UK businesses through its four partner universities in the North and South East of the UK. In November 2015 Goldman Sachs announced the expansion of the 10,000 Small Businesses programme in the UK to a National programme which can now be offered to high growth potential businesses in the South West.  The expanded 10,000 Small Businesses programme leverages technology to deliver a new online and residential learning experience. 

The fully funded programme supports high-growth small businesses  typically 5 to 40 employees to unlock their full economic and job creation potential.

This innovative programme, designed and delivered by the Oxford University Business School, provides world class, practical education and business support to small businesses and social enterprises. The programme is also designed to create effective communication and support networks amongst regional business leaders.

Charlotte Keenan, Head of Goldman Sachs Office of Corporate Engagement in EMEA said:

“We are very pleased to continue our commitment to providing support to high=growth small businesses in the UK. Over the past five years, the programme has seen almost 1,000 businesses participate in high-quality practically-focused business and management education across the UK.  The entrepreneurial community we have created is truly inspirational.

“We are proud to be extending our commitment to businesses in the South West and look forward to collaborating with Business West to create the most innovative and relevant growth programme for business.”

Phil Smith, MD of Business West said:

“As champions of regional business excellence, Business West welcomes Goldman Sachs expansion of their 10,000 Small Business programme into the SW.  I have no doubt that it will significantly stimulate the success of high growth businesses in the region.”

Further information about the programme and deadlines can be found at


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