10,000 Small Businesses (UK)

A business development programme designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises from across the UK.

The core of the programme is a practically-focused business and management course, delivered over 12 sessions lasting approximately 100 hours.


Before You Start

Designed and delivered by world-leading experts in entrepreneurial education, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme helps UK small business and social enterprise leaders enhance the skills, strategies and networks they need to fulfil their businesses' growth potential.

The programme is supported by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation. It is provided on a fully funded basis to successful applicants.

The programme will be of interest to ambitious UK business leaders who:

  • Are the owner or most senior decision maker of a small business or social enterprise.
  • Are a business or social enterprise that has been operating for at least a year.
  • Are generating significant trading revenues and already has employees.
  • Are seeking to grow their business or social enterprise.

The goal of the programme is to provide participants with the tools and resources to help them lay the foundation for long-term sustainable growth and job creation in their communities.

Participants benefit from:

  • A structured, practical learning experience focused on the challenges faced by growing small businesses.
  • Multiple sources of high quality advice and guidance as they develop a customised growth plan to serve as the roadmap for the business's future growth.
  • Joining a group of small business leaders who form a trusted network that provides peer-to-peer support, challenge and guidance to one another in an open, constructive and dynamic learning environment.
  • The opportunity to join a growing network of business leaders from across the UK.


The programme is not intended for start-up businesses, sole traders or businesses that are not seeking to grow.

What You Need To Know

Key Criteria

The individual applying:

  • Must be the main owner (or main co-owner) of the business, or the most senior decision-maker if the business does not have share capital.
  • Must be seeking to grow their business.
  • Should not have extensive recent management education (eg MBA or equivalent).

The individual's business or social enterprise:

  • Must have been operating for at least a year, must be generating significant trading revenues and must already have employees (other than the applicant).
  • Must be capable of growing and generating additional employment.
  • Be located in the UK.

Social enterprise applicants must be commercially operated (irrespective of legal structure) and must seek to achieve their social purpose primarily through trading and not through grant funding.

Match Funding

The programme is fully funded – match funding is not a requirement.

Eligible Expenditure

Business support services include:

  • Specialist workshops
  • One-on-one business advising
  • Business coaching
  • Access to professional experts
  • Networking opportunities and
  • A network of 10,000 Small Business graduates

How To Apply

The programme operates on a periodic basis.

Applicants can apply on the Goldman Sachs website

Cohort 4 - Spring 2017 April - July 2017
Applications closing date 27 February 2017
Interviews 21 - 28 March 2017
Final Decision 10 April 2017
First Residential (University of Leeds) 16 - 18 January 2017
Online Blocks 23 January – 24 February 2017
Second Residential (University of Oxford) 27 February – 2 March 2017
Online Blocks 6 - 31 March 2017
Third residential (Aston University) 3 – 5 April 2017
Programme ends 7 April 2017