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Businesses encouraged to sign up for second phase of ICLP Programme

Businesses in Greater Birmingham are being urged to sign up for the second phase of a training programme designed to help build the capacity and capability of businesses who are seeking global growth opportunities.

The Inclusive Commonwealth Legacy Programme (ICLP), which is fully-funded by Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), supports SMEs from within diverse communities to accelerate their growth.

25 companies have already benefited from the scheme and a second cohort of businesses are set to begin the programme from October 2020.

One of the businesses to take part in the first instalment of the programme was Great Barr-based Green Sisters, founded by sisters Geeta and Reena Salhan. The business produces award-winning ‘free-from’ Indian food.

Geeta Salhan, Green Sisters, said:

While helping us access advice and funding, the programme has also helped us develop our entire philosophy of our food being ‘free from compromise’, which means working with like-minded individuals and companies to take our products forward in the way we want to.

“If you’re passionate about growing your business and you’re a small business owner I would encourage you to apply for the next cohort of the Inclusive Commonwealth Legacy Programme.”

Green Sisters will feature on BBC Midlands Today to talk about their experience of the ICLP at 18:30 on Friday 11th September.

To find out more about the programme, and for further details on how to apply visit:

The application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 30th September 2020.