High Impact Scale up Coaching Grants

Scale up and grow your business with the support of a business coach or trainer.

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87% of scale-up companies would grow faster if it were easier to develop their leaders through effective business coaching.

There's strong evidence that good coaching can accelerate business growth.

A survey carried out by Manchester Inc. found the average return on investment to be almost six times the cost of coaching, and a report from the Personal Management Association showed that productivity increased by 86% when training was combined with coaching, compared to just 22% when training was carried out without a coach.

But getting the right mentoring skills to support your growth can be expensive, especially when cash flow is tight and time is limited.

How We Can Help

High Impact Scale up Coaching Grants are exclusively available to high-growth businesses in the West of England who either meet the scale-up criteria or have the potential to become fully-fledged scale-up companies.

We are looking for:

  • Aspirational businesses
  • With approximately 2 years sustained growth 
  • And between 7 and 250 employees
  • Who want to work with an external coach or trainer to accelerate their business to the next stage of growth

If this sounds like your business, you can apply for between £2,500 and £5,000 of grant funding to help with the following:

  • Business coaching
  • Executive coaching
  • Leadership training course
  • Management team training courses
  • Consultancy based non-executive directorship


Grant payments of £2,500 - £5,000 are available to successful applicants investing between £10,000 and £20,000 (excluding VAT) over a 12 month period in the above.

How to Get Started

Contact us to receive your grant application form where you can tell us all about your business and why you require a grant. Applicants are also invited to sit down with our scale-up adviser to run through the scale-up criteria and discuss whether your business has the potential to become a high growth business with the right support. This will also be an opportunity to find out about the other grant schemes and support available to you.

It’s helpful if you have a business coach in mind you'd  like to work with but this is not a pre-requisite for applying. Our advisors can't recommend a specific coach or training provider, but they can suggest resources which will help you make a decision. 

The programme will run for 3 years between April 2018 and April 2021 and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

  • Ready to accelerate your business growth?

    Contact us to discuss your business needs and apply for a High Impact Scale Up coaching grant today.

  • Considering hiring a Non-Executive Director?

    Business West is currently offering grants of up to £5,000 to help cover the initial cost. 

  • What makes a good leader?

    Without a strong leader, or leadership team, a business can face a lack of motivation from its staff, low morale and even lost business. Business West can offer grants to help develop your company's leaders.


  • Business Training Workshops

    Whatever stage you're at on your business journey, our business training workshops can offer invaluable help and advice.

    From how to put together a robust business plan and create a social media strategy, to learning how to market your business, increase your sales and even run a successful crowdfunding campaign, we have something for everyone.