Wave 2 Growth Hub Programme
As an early initiative in the devolution and local growth agenda, the W2GH Programme (September 2013 – June 2016) was an ambitious programme demonstrated the vital role that universities can play in supporting the needs of business in the UK. It was groundbreaking in terms of its scale and its role in enabling agile and effective policy implementation in the transition to local devolution. At a time of unprecedented change in the business landscape with year on year increases in the number of new businesses; the growth in self-employment and growth across a variety of different sectors and size of businesses, the need for locally tailored, responsive and appropriate business support could hardly be greater.
The drive for growth, the re-balancing of the economy and the dominance of micro and small businesses all drew on Lancaster University’s unique experience with business to support the development of hubs that work. Although, it is too early to fully judge the success of this initiative, the fact that the network that we created has developed to become a national resource which continues and now includes hubs from all 39 Local Enterprise Partnership areas, demonstrates that a key element of our approach made a significant contribution to the development of a new business support infrastructure across England.
Author: Lancaster University