Northern Max 3, a specialist business support programme for digital and technology firms in the Leeds/Bradford area, is now well underway.
Launched by Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, this fully funded business support programme, running across a period of ten weeks, started on 23 April. A virtual room full of 15 early stage digital and technology businesses learned about business model innovation, got to know each other, met with their mentors and absorbed the breadth and depth of support on offer. As a reaction to the COVID-19 crisis the organisers of Northern Max 3, Greenborough Management (upon whose 10×10 programme Northern Max is modelled), have also offered to support a further 6 local businesses who were not quite eligible for the full programme.
Week 2, which included a fascinating insight into the life and career of local entrepreneur, Jag Panesar of Xpand Marketing, built on the foundations of week 1 with a workshop focused on goal setting, vision and objectives.
Northern Max 3 is being delivered virtually by Greenborough Business Management’s 10×10 accelerator programme in partnership with Bradford Council and AD:VENTURE, a business support programme for new businesses in North and West Yorkshire funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It forms part of AD:VENTURE’s pledge to continue to support businesses using online tools despite the pandemic.
Michelle Davis, who heads up the 10×10 team at Greenborough, said: “We are delighted with the interest in the programme. We had nearly 30 great applicants for what was originally 12 places. Working with our colleagues from Bradford Council we were excited to be able to increase our cohort to 15, as well as to be able to offer access to much of the support to a further 6 local businesses.
“The level of engagement from the participants has already been great, and the feedback from them about the first 2 weeks has been really positive. We look forward to making a difference to businesses from Bradford and the wider Leeds City Region.”
For more details on the Northern Max 3 programme, visit https://ad-venture.org.uk/northernmax3