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Greater Connected is an intensive growth programme for Digital, Creative and Technology SMEs in the Greater Manchester area to grow your business in a new way.

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Learn from industry experts and practitioners
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Experience creative and engaging workshops
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Develop networks and connections that last
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Grow your business in a way that suits you
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Pay nothing - it's a fully funded programme
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Gain access to a huge choice of specialist support services
How it works
Learning days

Two full-day experiential learning sessions with around twenty fellow leaders covering bespoke content for digital, creative and tech business.

We aim to connect you with business that will help you mutually prosper, not compete.

Small group coaching

Strategic sessions with a growth coach, aimed at focusing on crafting your tailored growth plan.

This will be yours to build on and implement with support beyond the programme.

Ongoing community

Alumni will benefit from bespoke events, pitch competitions, skillshares and collaboration opportunities.

What we cover

Across the programme we cover the key areas that businesses need to master to thrive including...

  • Strategies for scaling up
  • Sales and marketing that works
  • Building a world beating team
  • Communicating with influence
  • Navigating conflict
  • Leading others to succeed
  • Overcoming financial obstacles

...and more

Connecting you to the services you need

As part of the programme you'll gain access to a wealth of resources and services offered by Manchester Growth Company.

We'll help you understand the exact services that would benefit you most whether it's growing through exports, accessing finance, finding the skills you need and more...

Business Growth Hub
Business Finance Solutions
North West Business Angels
Skills Company
Co Angel Investment
Department for International Trade
Greater Connected is delivered by facilitators who have been there and done it. All of our coaches have deep experience and expertise in what it takes to grow a thriving business in the Digital, Creative and Tech arena.
Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson

Co-Founder of Mando, one of the NW's largest independent digital agencies. Now working with clients across the sector as non-exec, angel-investor and MD of Form.

Sean Sankey
Sean Sankey

Director at Form with fifteen years experience of working with organisations like Capgemini, Aviva, Skyscanner and a host of of creative SMEs across the NW.

Katie Peate
Katie Peate

Head of Digital, Creative and Tech at the Business Growth Hub, former Divisional Director of Reading Room serving clients such as Arts Council England, The Big Lottery Fund, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

Rob Sethna
Rob Sethna

Digital, Creative and Tech Growth Coach. 30 years of industry and sector experience in advertising and agency management. Multiple SME business owner, with an international client experience portfolio.

Sarah Novotny
Sarah Novotny

Digital, Creative and Tech Growth Coach with years of experience in digital growth consultancy. ROI driven, yet creative. Delivered online communication strategies for BT, Parcelforce, Autotrader and a wealth of SMEs.

Neil McCluskey
Neil McCluskey

Digital, Creative and Tech Growth Coach with over 25 years of experience working with SMEs and global blue chip companies across the digital, creative and technology sectors.

Who's it for?

If you are a leader within a small or medium sized business operating in any of the Digital, Creative and Tech sectors across Greater Manchester, then Greater Connected is for you.

There are a few criteria that businesses must meet.
Download a two-pager for more details.

Next programme starts

The next cohort of the Greater Connected is due to start in June 2017. Please register your interest to find out more about becoming a programme participant.