Get up to 40% funding towards support that can increase leadership and management capacity or capability.

Who is the funding for?

The Business Compass Leadership and Management programme has been designed to encourage the growth ambitions of Tees Valley SMEs by providing grant funding for projects that can increase leadership and management capability or capacity.

The Business Compass Leadership and Management Programme is part funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and delivered by NBSL.

We can offer up to 40% funding towards projects costing between £2,500 and £5,000 - a grant of up to £2000.

What type of projects can we fund?

We can provide funding to support the cost of business coaches who can challenge, motivate and develop your management capability and capacity in any part of your business. We've already supported a range of successful Tees Valley businesses:

The Tees Valley business had their eye on national growth, investment and infrastructure improvement. The leadership team needed to improve their ability and capability to deliver growth.

We provided funding to support the cost of mentors who could challenge, motivate and develop their ability to deliver:

  • A market driven growth strategy
  • Evolved infrastructure - flexibility
  • Evolved process improvement

This small independent hotelier based in the Tees Valley had experienced increased occupancy levels but were keen to increase their corporate income stream.

Our funding helped them to bring in a Marketing mentor to improve the senior team’s ability to improve their Marketing Strategy and Message

This Tees Valley based business wanted to evolve performance monitoring and processes to enhance their reputation in an increasingly competitive market.

Our funding was used towards the cost of a coaching programme with Process Experts to identify:

  • Process monitoring improvements
  • Enhanced KPIs
  • Improved reputation through marketing of KPIs

Looking to improve their success rate in national tenders, we supported them with a grant to bring in a tendering expert who improved their ability to write compelling and persuasive tenders to improve their success rate.

You can use the funding towards almost any kind of coaching or mentoring that will help your business to be managed more effectively by your team.

Want to find out more?

If you've got an idea for a project, but you're not sure if it's something we can fund, just get in touch with us - we'll let you know and talk you through our very simple application and funding process.

For more information, call us on 01642 030230 and speak to Jonpaul Heron, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Already know that your project is eligible and want to apply?

Click the button below and choose 'Leadership and Management' in the Enquiry Details section.

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Funding is provided by the European
Regional Development Fund 2014-20


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