Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Skip to the content

It’s time to get back to growing.

Exceed is a new programme for Digital, Creative and Tech businesses in Greater Manchester, delivered by experienced sector experts.

Powered by GC Business Growth Hub, it's fully-funded, meaning there's no cost to businesses accepted onto the programme.

Our wraparound support will help make your strategic vision a reality, and get your critical business functions firing on all cylinders.

Key benefits

Powerful & relevant

Exceed provides a growth journey for the whole team. This is not just a programme for the most senior staff. Themed modules cover sales tactics, measurements and metrics, productivity and efficiency, leadership, structures and culture. 

360° wraparound support

Application and embedding of learnings – focussed on your business – is supported by GC Business Growth Hub's specialist advisors through the journey. Cohort workshops over Zoom can be directly followed with 1-to-1 clinic time with leaders and delivery specialists.


Regular touchpoints 

Opportunities for collaboration and peer-to-peer learnings are embedded into all aspects of the cohort structure.

How Exceed can help to grow your business

Digital and creative business

Growth strategies

From understanding how to create a great culture to taking a deep dive into coverting your pipeline. We’ll support the leaders and team across your SME with the right business growth strategies to help them thrive.

Tech business

Learning from leaders

Use our leadership roundtables peppered with seasoned veterans in the sector who’ve scaled businesses in the past, as well as your peers on the cohort, to share best practice on what excellent leadership looks like during turbulent times and help grow your business.

Digital business

A supported journey

One of our advisors will support you during the programme. You receive the one-to-one help you need to get the most out of the content, as well as help tackle your specific business improvement challenges.

Are you eligible?

Where you might be right now…

We're still going backwards

We’ve stabilised

We’re ready to go further again

Get in touch

Places are limited and these cohorts prove extremely popular, with only two opportunities to apply. Don't delay!


Rather than being a prescriptive course, Greater Connected and the advice we’ve received shaped our ability to market ourselves effectively to new audiences – and gave us the confidence to put the focus into our new business.

Nick Johnson, Founder and Director, NowSignage

Greater Connected provided us with a deeper understanding of the dynamics of today’s modern business thinking and, crucially, how we can apply these learnings to improve our own performance.

Bash Ali, Founder and Director, SUNDE Technologies Ltd

Working with GC Business Growth Hub has really helped to crystallise my business development planning and created an exciting route for growth.

Julia Mitchell, Managing Director, Toast PR

Greater Connected gave me a lot of ideas about how to tailor our sales messages and how to build a senior management team. I think a lot of businesses could benefit from attending the same course.

Nick Black, CEO & Co-Founder, Apadmi

About Us

Neil McCluskey, GC Business Growth Hub

Neil McCluskey

Digital Creative and Tech Advisor at GC Business Growth Hub, with over 25 years of business development experience, working with SMEs and global blue chip companies across the Digital Creative and Technology sectors.

Sarah Novotny, GC Business Growth Hub

Sarah Novotny

Digital Creative and Tech Sector Business Support Lead at GC Business Growth Hub, with years of experience in digital growth consultancy. ROI-driven, yet creative. Delivered online communication strategies for BT, Parcelforce, Autotrader and a wealth of SMEs.

Rob Sethna, GC Business Growth Hub advisor

Rob Sethna

Digital Creative and Tech Advisor at GC Business Growth Hub, with 30 years of experience in advertising and agency management. Multiple SME business owner, with an international client experience portfolio.

Sam Whitear, GC Business Growth Hub

Sam Whitear

Digital, Creative and Tech Project Manager for multiple Hub projects, including the Creative Scale-up programme. With over 18 years’ experience in the sector, Sam works with regional and national partners to identify opportunities for the sector.

David Crawford, Exceed

David Crawford

Formerly MD of Branded3, David has also held board level roles at McCann, twentysix and BJL. He has led/worked on campaigns for brands such as UPS, HSBC, American Airlines, Inchcape Motor Group, Bentley Motors and Walt Disney TV, and is now a full-time advisor and non-exec to businesses in the Digital, Creative and Tech sector.

Tony Foggett, Exceed

Tony Foggett

Tony is CEO and Co-Founder of Code Computerlove, which has grown into a £7m business, employing over 90 digital specialists in its Manchester office. A previous winner of NW Digital Entrepreneur of the Year, he was on the Manchester Digital board for 15 years, and Chair from 2012 to 2015, and is currently NXD for charity InnovateHer.

Louis Georgiou, Exceed

Louis Georgiou

MD and Co-Founder of Code Computerlove, Louis has delivered digital strategy, UX and agile delivery for clients such as Oxfam, Brother and BBC. An advocate of autonomous teams – placing culture, learning and lean/agile working at the heart of the company – today his specialism is digital transformation, balancing tech, process and culture.

Matt Simmons, Exceed

Matt Simmons

Matt has spent his entire career in sales roles, selling everything from print through to logistics and SaaS products before joining Sales Geek. Having trained hundreds of salespeople, Matt is ideally placed to provide his top tips on prospecting, questioning, creating value, objection handling, and closing. 

GC Business Growth Hub logo
GMCA logo
GMLEP logo
Northern Powerhouse logo