Provided by the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub, the SME Leaders Programme supports promising leaders of high-growth engineering SMEs. By improving the skills of these leaders, the Academy wishes to encourage the pursuit and growth of excellence in UK engineering.

The aim of the programme is to support the development of leadership skills, through a number of channels:

  • A grant of up to £10,000 towards training courses.
  • Masterclasses and workshops delivered by senior business leaders held at the Academy.
  • Mentoring by an experienced person from the pool of Academy Fellows and partners of the Enterprise Hub.
  • One-to-one coaching.
  • Public relations support and networking opportunities.
  • Access to co-working space and meeting rooms in London.
  • lifetime Hub Membership.

Travel and accommodation costs within the UK, for programme activities, will be eligible if they follow the Academy’s expenses policy.

Leaders of high growth engineering small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK will qualify for assistance.

The sponsor anticipates being able to support up to 10 applicants in this round.

Apply by 4pm, 13 August 2018 to join the SME Leaders programme in October.

All applications must be submitted via the online grant system.

The application form has three main sections. A summary of the guidance notes are imbedded within the system itself; however, the guidance given in the below download link is more detailed, so we recommend you read this first.

SME Leaders guidance notes (16.73 MB)

Applications must be submitted by the leader (Founders, MDs, or C-level executives) of the engineering SME, which must be UK based. Employee-submitted applications will not be accepted.

Online grants system

If you have any question concerning the application or the online grant system, please contact the Enterprise team.