What is the aim of the scheme?

Who should apply?

Is my company eligible to apply?

Are there any regional restrictions?

What is the time commitment?

Do you cover travel and accommodation costs?

Only small companies are eligible to apply, what is your definition?

How will my proposal be assessed?

What criteria do the panel use when assessing applications?

Can I reapply?

Further information

 

What is the aim of the scheme?

To improve the leadership skills of those managing engineering start ups and SMEs in the UK, through which we aim to support pursuit of excellence in engineering.

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Who should apply?

We’re looking for influencers in engineering and technology SMEs that are experiencing scale-up ‘growth pains’. Applications from engineers and nonengineers are welcome – if you’re a founder, MD or C-Level executive and you have plans to scale your SME, then you should apply. 

We are committed to improving diversity and inclusion in engineering, and we especially welcome applications from those currently underrepresented within the sector

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Is my company eligible to apply?

The Academy defines engineering in a broad sense, as can be seen from the range of past SME Leaders Programme participants. If you are unsure that your company’s activities qualify as engineering, please contact the Programme Manager, Catherine Capone.

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Are there any regional restrictions?

The company must be based in the UK and registered with Companies House. For multinational companies, the Head Office must be based in the UK and the measures above must apply to the entire company, not just the UK office.

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What is the time commitment?

The programme will begin in February 2019 and applicants must be committed to completing 1.5 hours of one-to-one coaching per month for six months.

Your leadership course(s) should be completed by 1 September 2019, but there will be some flexibility if your chosen course falls outside these dates.

We also hold monthly workshops and events, of which we would expect awardees to attend at least three.

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Do you cover travel and accommodation costs?

For your leadership course and for compulsory events at the Enterprise Hub in London, we will cover travel and accommodation costs within the UK.

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Only leaders of SME companies are eligible to apply, what is your definition?

Employees < 250 people

Turnover < £50 million per annum

Leader = CEO, Founder, MD, CxO

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How will my proposal be assessed?

All applications will be reviewed by an assessment panel consisting of Fellows of the Academy with entrepreneurial and industrial experience and representatives from the investment community. Applications will be reviewed against the criteria listed in the guidance notes. Please read the guidance notes carefully. Each application is assessed and scored by at least two members of the Panel. The panel then meet in person and discuss all the applications and their assessments, and select which applications will be awarded invited to interview. Performance at interview will then determine who is awarded.

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What criteria do the panel use when assessing applications?

All applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Quality, ambition and vision of the applicant
  • Effectiveness and innovativeness of technology, product or service described by the applicant
  • The potential for that technology, product or service to grow in scale (evidenced in business model/plan or strategy document uploaded by the applicant)
  • Potential benefits to UK economy (such as job creation) and/or expected benefits to wider public
  • How the making of an award would contribute to excellence in engineering
  • Impact the award would have on success of the applicant, his or her company, and therefore potential impact on UK engineering sector and UK economic growth
  • The potential shown by the applicant to make valuable use of the award and implement learning points

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Can I reapply?

Yes, providing you fulfil the programme's eligibility criteria. If you would like feedback on your previous application, please contact the Programme Manager, Catherine Capone.

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Further queries?

If you have any queries after reading the guidance notes and FAQs, please do not hesitate to contact us. All questions should be sent to the Programme Manager,  Catherine Capone.