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Inspire is delighted to announce a new Partnership with Goldman Sachs

15 March 2017
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Inspire and Goldman Sachs working in Partnership

Inspire is delighted to announce a new Partnership with Goldman Sachs to support high growth businesses across the South West. Inspire launched its Elite and Elevate business networks in October 2016, designed to be a new concept in support for businesses with capacity and ambition to grow. Fully funded by the private sector and where members are exclusively made up from growing businesses, Elite and Elevate aim to really understand each business and link them to relevant support from both the public and private sector. Every business has its own dedicated relationship manager who will be on hand at every stage and through every challenge. Members of the network come together every quarter to share experiences, discuss mutual challenges and meet similar businesses who are also on a growth path. Inspire is also partnered with The Scale Up Institute who provide policy support and guidance and who are working closely with Government in the development of the new Industrial strategy being evolved by the Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills (BEIS) Department of Government. 

Launched in 2010, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme is supported by the Goldman Sachs Foundation, with the aim to stimulate the growth of high potential small businesses, create jobs and grow economies. The programme is run nationally, led by Oxford Saïd Business School, and has supported over 1,000 UK small businesses to date. Through 10,000 Small Businesses, participants identify and execute the steps necessary to enable them to scale their ventures, create employment and expand to new markets. The course is a highly intensive applied method of learning that directly relates to their businesses. Participants develop their own business growth plan throughout the course to implement back in their businesses. The robust and stimulating peer to peer learning environment allows participants to share their journeys and build on one another's experience. After they complete the course, graduates enter into a global community of fellow business leaders where they receive ongoing educational support and guidance. 

Rob Perks (CEO at Inspire) says, "We are very pleased to be partnering with Goldman Sachs and to be promoting such a fantastic resource for growing businesses. Fully funded by GS, every eligible, growing business should seriously consider applying for this programme which will provide them with a real competitive advantage over their rivals. The Elite network is growing rapidly as businesses discover the huge benefit it can be to their Companies. We are excited to be involved in supporting our diverse range of member businesses, all focused on growing and providing a healthy business eco system across the region."

Charlotte Keenan (Head of the Office of Corporate Engagement EMEA at Goldman Sachs) says, "We are very pleased to continue our commitment to providing support to high-growth small businesses throughout the UK and are delighted to work with Inspire to extend this commitment to the South West."

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