Business Accelerator Programme supports development of new local authority businesses

6th July 2017

The East of England LGA’s first Business Accelerator Programme reached a successful conclusion last week.  The Business Accelerator takes a team of participants from a local authority on a supported journey to build, develop and refine their real-life Business Plan.

The programme, delivered in partnership with Essex County Council, saw four participating teams spend eight weeks developing their ideas for a new commercial venture .  The teams were  South Cambridgeshire District Council’s “Business Hub”, “East Suffolk Building Control” which covers Waveney and Suffolk Coastal District Councils, as well as “Green Space Solutions” and “LBC Catering” from Luton Borough Council.

As a culmination to the programme, each team presented a new draft Business Plan to an independent panel of senior local government officers, for assessment, drawing on the tools, skills and knowledge acquired over the course of the 6 intensive master-classes which comprise the core of the Business Accelerator programme.

The teams faced a tough grilling covering their business growth strategy, marketing and sales plans, financial projections, as well as their ideas to improve systems and develop their workforce. This opportunity to test the quality of their plan in a “safe” environment was also a chance for the teams to assess how far they have come as a result of being on the programme. Feedback from the panel provided lots of ideas for further improvement and refinement as they take their plans back into their organisation and try to implement them “in the real world”.

Although a challenging process, teams and delegates agreed that the Business Accelerator programme has been very beneficial in their ongoing journey towards being more “commercial” in their outlook and behaviours.

Feedback from delegates reflects their positive experience, describing it as a “constructive and positive learning environment” and one delegate even going so far as to say that they “couldn’t fault the programme at all”.

Eddie Gibson, Senior Manager at EELGA and the lead on the Business Accelerator Programme, was delghted with the outcome and is already looking forward to getting another set of teams enrolled in the next programme, starting in September 2017:

“When we first launched this back in December 2016, it felt like the right programme at the right time, given the increasing commercial activity of the local authorities in our region. The success of this first programme has vindicated that and we are sure that the four teams involved will go on to deliver real benefit to their councils as a result”

Caroline Adlem, Head of Traded Development at Essex County Council said:

“We've been so impressed by the teams' engagement and enthusiasm and their dedication to applying the Business Accelerator learning to their business plans and presentations. It was really remarkable to see so much progress made over the course of the programme.”

To find out more about the Business Accelerator Programme or to book a place for your business on the next programme which starts in September 2017, then please contact either:

 Eddie Gibson at the East of England LGA – eddie.gibson@eelga.gov.uk, 01284 758300 or
Caroline Adlem at Essex County Council – caroline.adlem@essex.gov.uk, 07501 228744

More details of dates and programme content are available on our web-site at
http://www.eelga.gov.uk/events/business_incubator_programme_2/

 

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