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Growth and Productivity

Building a resilient enterprise culture to drive long-term economic growth.

Overcoming Obstacles to Growth

Healthy growth and productivity improvements are the lifeblood of a successful economy. Growing companies means more jobs, more revenue to the exchequer and a virtuous cycle of investment, whilst for workers a better standard of living and improved life chances are the clear rewards.

But there can be many obstacles to growth. Whilst government and international bodies control the economic and legislative levers at the macro-level, there's still much that can done at the local level to create resilient business environments. Providing access to finance, addressing lack of know-how in key areas, bolstering weak networks, overcoming supply-side fragmentation, sharing best practices,  better connecting employers and employees, investing in efficient premises…the list goes on.

A Long Heritage of Strategic Interventions

Since Ngage launched 20 years ago, we've delivered many high value programmes which invest in innovation and tackle the roadblocks to success. In association with DEFRA and local action groups, we have rolled out the LEADER programme in The Chilterns, Clay Vales, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire making a £9m+ match-funded investment into the rural economy, supporting forestry, farming, tourism and heritage businesses.

Programmes like Get Online-trade Online (Go-to) incentivised small businesses in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to develop their web presence and take advantage of social media. Signature helped fragmented European security clusters to come together to share expertise and boost their international trade. Bidding For Gold engaged with the notoriously hard to reach construction sector, helping to set up a consortium of UK SME businesses to address the skills shortages which had stopped them previously bidding for larger contracts. MD Ngage and Peer Networks provide peer learning to enhance and develop skills, giving participants invaluable opportunities to share experience and ideas. We also provided Business Link services for 9 years helping over 26,500 enterprises and entrepreneurs.

Championing Innovation

Our programmes continue to make a big difference in the local communities we serve. By encouraging businesses to keep innovating, raising standards, overcoming inefficiencies and telling the world about their offer, Ngage wants to bring the benefits of growth and improved productivity to all.

  • “The Growth Programme has delivered above and beyond its original remit with beneficiary businesses attributing an increase of £9.6 million in forecasted turnover.”

    Winning Moves Evaluation report 2019
  • “Ngage has delivered an excellent result for the LEADER programme in the Chilterns AONB. The team have been enthusiastic, professional, and empathetic, working in partnership with the Local Action Group and managing the relationship with Defra and the Rural Payments Agency. Financial monitoring has been exemplary as have the opportunities to obtain additional grant money.”  Geoffrey Adams Chiltern LAG Member

    “Ngage already had a strong reputation for promoting and supporting business in Buckinghamshire and this reputation provided us with a sound foundation.” David Campbell OBE Chair, Aylesbury Vale LAG/ Clay Vales LAG

  • With the help of a Leader Grant, Farrington Oils decided to improve the quality of their land by adapting a minimum tillage approach over traditional intensive cultivations, increasing the soil organic matter by 66%. 

    These are not the only benefits that Farrington Oils have seen as a result of their £26,825 LEADER programme funded project. They have also seen a sustainable growth in the overall business, with an increase in income, productivity and further employment. There are now 14 employees working on the farm. Far exceeding their growth expectations for this year.

    "The benefits could be enormous; it has been estimated that agriculture could reduce global CO2 emissions by between 10% and 30%."

    Read the full case study here >

    Pioneering farmers drill down on environmental improvements supported by LEADER
    Farrington Oils
  • “As a result of GO-TO we have increased our understanding of social media and have raised our profile worldwide.”

    Stella Withey
    Diabetic Boot Company

Programmes we've delivered in Growth and Productivity