Hertfordshire Growth Hub oversees an expanding collection of business support programmes, known collectively as the Hertfordshire Growth Package. As part of this package, Hertfordshire LEP has helped secure funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) towards a range of specialist support for start-ups (the Hertfordshire Start-Up Programme).

At present there are 16 services that make up the Hertfordshire Growth Package, totalling £19,827,428. These include:

Get Growing

What?
The Get Growing Project supports the capacity of SMEs to grow and innovate across regional, national and international markets.

The project is being delivered by Hertfordshire Growth Hub with a countywide focus.

Impact
The project is expected to provide support to 176 businesses; create 141 new jobs; and support 18 firms to introduce new-to-the-firm products.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £682k from the European Regional Development Fund.

Innovate 2 Succeed

What?
The Innovate 2 Succeed project is helping businesses invest in research and innovation and, in particular, increase their innovation management capacity.

The project is being delivered by Exemplas with a countywide focus.

Impact
The project will promote business investment in research and innovation and is expected, specifically, to provide support to 150 enterprises; provide non-financial support to 150 enterprises; support 52 businesses introduce new-to-the-market products; and support 90 businesses introduce new-to-the-firm products.

Funding 
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £485k from the European Regional Development Fund.

Hertfordshire Start-Up Service

What?
The Hertfordshire Start-Up Service is providing support for businesses to start and develop in their early stages.

The project is being delivered by WENTA with a countywide focus.

Impact
The project is supporting businesses to start and develop in their early stages. It is expected, specifically, to provide support to 479 enterprises including grants for 184 enterprises and non-financial support to 295 enterprises; support 371 new enterprises; unlock £250k of private match funding leveraged from grants; create 150 new jobs; and provide Information, Diagnostic and Brokerage support to 216 enterprises.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £1.5m from the European Regional Development Fund.  

ProConnect Hertfordshire

What?
The ProConnect Hertfordshire project provides support for SMEs in, or attempting to enter, the film and TV industry supply chain.

The project is being delivered by Creative England and has a countywide, sector-based focus.

Impact
This project is supporting businesses in, and attempting to enter, the TV and film industry supply chain. It is expected, specifically, to support 101 film and TV industry associated companies through workshops and events; support 101 companies with Information, Diagnostic and Brokerage assistance; provide grants to 30 companies to access specialist business growth advice; create 30 new jobs; and assist 60 potential entrepreneurs.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £0.5m from the European Regional Development Fund.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

What?
The Manufacturing Growth Programme is supporting manufacturing SMEs to grow.

The project is being delivered by Economic Growth Solutions and has a sector-based, countywide focus.

Impact 
The project is expected to deliver a range of outputs across the 19 LEP areas within which it is operating. These include 194 projects supported; 194 jobs created; and 38 SMEs supported with the introduction of new-to-the-firm products.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £500k from the European Regional Development Fund.

Case study: Optimal Technologies plans new era of expansion with the help of the Manufacturing Growth Programme 

Hertfordshire Low Carbon Innovation Network

What?
The Hertfordshire Low Carbon Innovation Network project is helping SMEs develop innovative low carbon technologies and services for the built environment.

The project is being delivered by Building Research Establishment (BRE) and has a sector-based, countywide focus.

Impact
The project is expected to support 75 enterprises; 7 new enterprises; help 7 firms introduce new-to-the-firm products; and enable 10 enterprises to cooperate with research institutions.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £630k from the European Regional Development Fund.  

KEEP+

What?
The KEEP+ is a knowledge transfer project that connects SMEs to academic expertise and graduate talent to develop and launch new products and services.

The project is being delivered by Anglia Ruskin University and University of Hertfordshire with a countywide focus.

Impact 
The project is expected to deliver several outputs across the four LEP areas in which it is operating. In Hertfordshire these include leveraging £1.3m of SME investment in research and innovation; engaging 53 SMEs in knowledge exchange, collaborative and contract research and innovation; enabling 10 SMEs to introduce new products and services to the market; enabling 39 SMEs to introduce new products and services to their firms; supporting the creation of 28 new jobs; and providing grants to 53 SMEs.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £1.395m from the European Regional Development Fund.  

Low Carbon Workspaces

What? 
The Low Carbon Workspaces project provides support to help SMEs make energy efficiency changes to their premises or processes.

The project is being delivered by Ngage Solutions and has a countywide focus.

Impact
The project is helping SMEs make energy efficiency changes, including with the support of grants. In Hertfordshire it is expected to support 124 SMEs; provide grants to 124 SMEs; and help SMEs bring about 880 greenhouse gas reductions.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £1m from the European Regional Development Fund.

Get Exporting 2

What?
Get Exporting 2 offers practical support to SMEs to help them to implement their export development plan and accelerate the growth of export sales.

The project is being delivered by Exemplas and has a countywide focus.

Impact
The project is supporting SMEs to grow and in Hertfordshire is expected to provide support to 94 businesses; create 63 new jobs; support 22 firms to introduce new-to-the-firm products; and provide grants to support export activity to 67 enterprises.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £549k from the European Regional Development Fund.

Hertfordshire Science Partnership

What?
The Hertfordshire Science Partnership is a multi-strand open innovation programme that leverages the University of Hertfordshire's state-of-the-art science facilities and academic expertise to boost the dynamic pharmaceutical, life sciences and agri-technology sectors in the East of England.

The project is being delivered by the University of Hertfordshire and has a sector-based, regional focus.

Impact
The programme is expected to facilitate 28 knowledge exchange partnerships by 2021 and will result in 28 collaborative PhD projects.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £1.45m from the European Regional Development Fund and invested a further £2.5m from the Local Growth Fund.


Get Enterprising 

What?
Get Enterprising is a new service that will provide tailored support to start-ups and early stage businesses with the propensity to grow, and prepare them to use the Growth Hub’s scale-up support provision. The programme is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019.

Impact
The programme will run for a three year period and will bridge the gap between the Hertfordshire Start-Up Programme and mainstream business support and growth services. Support will include specialist workshops and events; mentoring and coaching; facilitated peer to peer networks, including ‘Dragons Den’ style scenario planning; and tools to help businesses adopt high-growth and high-productivity approaches.

Funding
Get Enterprising is financed by £300,000 of Hertfordshire LEP’s Growing Places Fund revenue.