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On 17th November 2013, we were thrilled when, at a marketing seminar we gave at the St John Innovation Centre in Cambridge, Kirsten Masson, who is the local manager for the government’s GrowthAccelerator programme, announced that Bardwyck’s Patricia Mathieson had been selected as a Growth Accelerator Coach.   As a registered Growth Coach under the programme, she can provide companies with the help they need to achieve high growth, or to expand even further if they are already growing fast.

GrowthAccelerator website,, describes the service as follows:

“GrowthAccelerator is where ambitious businesses go to grow. A unique service led by the country’s leading growth specialists, GrowthAccelerator provides businesses with new connections, new routes to investment and the new ideas and strategy they need to achieve their full potential.

Whether it’s insight into what’s holding you back and developing a plan for the future, helping you build a case for investment and finding new sources of finance, turning your most innovative ideas into profit, or providing training and masterclasses to develop confident leadership and management, our service is focused on a single goal: the growth of your business.”

GrowthAccelerator is co-invested by the government and is open to businesses that are registered in the UK and based in England, have fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40m.

Companies taking part in the programme are asked to pay the following costs:

  • 1 – 4 employees                                  £600                   + £700 VAT
  • 5 – 49 employees                             £1,500                   + £700 VAT
  • 50 – 249 employees                         £3,000                   + £700 VAT

These investment figures entitle your firm to £3,500 of coaching and mentoring.

(The VAT is based on 20% of the nominal value of the service at £3,500, so all businesses pay the same amount of VAT.)

In addition, you will be exclusively entitled to up to £2,000 of matched funding for leadership and management training for each of your senior managers.  Under this entitlement, GrowthAccelerator will invest in your team, helping you to improve the performance of your business and increase your productivity and profit by enhancing your senior managers’ time and stress management capabilities.

To find out more about this service and how it could benefit your business, visit or contact Patricia at Bardwyck (; 01353 721991).

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