Kibworth-based Incrementa Consulting Limited secured the contract to provide leadership coaching as part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s SME Leaders programme.
Delivered by the Academy’s Enterprise Hub, the programme develops the leadership skills of those in charge of the UK’s most promising high-growth tech and engineering SMEs to enable them to scale.
Twice a year up to 12 successful applicants have access to a grant of up to £10,000 towards the cost of a leadership training course. They also become members of the Academy’s Enterprise Hub, where they benefit from mentoring, leadership coaching and monthly masterclasses.
Catherine Capone, Programme Manager at the Academy, said: “This fantastic programme helps to support promising leaders of high-growth engineering SMEs from all over the UK.
“Leadership skills are a crucial component in helping to drive SME growth, and they are particularly important in the engineering profession, with recent research revealing a major gap in leadership capacity.
“We are delighted to have the Incrementa team on board. Their senior members of staff all have their own entrepreneurial experience to add specific context to the delivery of first-class leadership coaching.”
Latest research carried out by the ScaleUp Institute found that a major skills gap in leadership capacity is holding back UK startup companies. The ScaleUp 2018 report revealed that the development of leadership skills is one of the top priorities for startup founders.
Stuart Hartley, Managing Director of Incrementa, said: “Coaching is arguably the most powerful method for developing an individual’s capacity for leadership. It is uniquely placed to draw out the individual qualities of managers and to help them to connect their talents productively to the achievement of the goals of the business.
“We’re delighted to be working alongside the team at the Royal Academy of Engineering to support some of the country’s most talented leaders.”
Feedback from the first cohort of participants has been promising.
Commenting on the support they had received, one participant said: “It’s been very good and genuinely helpful. It’s been more practical than expected – practical actions that are realistic and impactful. Incredibly helpful to have a sounding board, it’s exceeded my expectations.”
Catherine Capone added: “The core indicator of success is that by the end of the six-month programme we expect the leaders to have improved their leadership and business skills to support them in scaling up their companies.”For further information about how Incrementa can support the leaders in your business please visithttp://www.incrementa.co.uk/leadership-developmen