City Growth Accelerator Scheme


City Growth Accelerator is an innovative new programme designed to help your company grow, subsidising the costs of the specialist consultancy advice needed to help you grow your business.

From help with the launch of a new product or service, to advice on how to develop your marketing or raise finance, the City Growth Accelerator programme will introduce you to the professional consultants who can help you grow your business.

All the consultants involved in this programme are successful business professionals, and their help and fresh input could give your business a valuable new perspective on plans, goals and future challenges. Ordinarily, such expert help is beyond the reach and budgets of all but the largest businesses, but thanks to City Growth Accelerator that in no longer the case, as grants of £1,250, £2,500 and £5,000 are available.

Is your business eligible? If you can answer "Yes" to all of the following questions, then you are eligible for Accelerator investment:

  • Is your business based within these areas: Anerley, Blackheath, Broad Green, Brockley, Crystal Palace, Deptford, East Greenwich, Elmers End, Gypsy Hill, Lewisham, New Cross, New Cross Gate, Norbury, Penge, Selhurst, South Norwood, Streatham, Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood, West Greenwich or West Norwood? 
  • Do you employ three or more staff?
  • Do you have the drive and ambition to take your business to a new level?
  • Are you prepared to invest in your future?

There are no catches, but running a business, you will know nothing in life is free. If your application is successful, you will be required to contribute towards the costs of the advice you receive. For every pound you invest in your future, City Growth Accelerator will invest £2 (up to the value of the grants available).

How do I apply?:

The process is simple and easy.

Once your application has been received it will be assessed and checked to ensure your business is eligible. A City Growth Accelerator advisor will then contact you to establish the nature and scope of advice that your business would benefit from.

Your application will then be considered by an expert panel of judges. If your application is successful, you will receive a grant. If not successful, the Accelerator team will advise you of the best route to taking your business forward. It is therefore important that you provide as much information as possible to assess your growth potential.

If your application is successful, and once the type of advice you need has been established, you will be able to retain the services of one of a panel of more than twenty advisers of which one is LaiPeters & Co. All the advisers have agreed to discount their fees to ensure you get the best  possible advice at the best possible price.