Lyreco UK & Ireland, a distributor of workplace products and services, is relaunching its award-winning Microbusiness Support Programme under the new name of the Lyreco Goodness Support Programme.
After awarding ten companies support packages with a combined value of £250,000 in 2021, it is now opening applications to the 2023 programme from micro businesses and social enterprises in the UK and Ireland.
Winning applicants will each be offered a business and marketing support package worth £25,000/€29,000. This includes a bespoke page on the Lyreco webshop, external marketing and communication support, a free catalogue listing of up to 10 products or services, preferred payment days, access to the Lyreco salesforce, a dedicated account manager and 12-months of ongoing business support.
The scheme is aimed at businesses, including social enterprises for the first time, that align with Lyreco’s CSR and environmental credentials and provide products and services in a similar field (PPE, hygiene, catering supplies, office furniture, workplace technology and general office supplies).
Lyreco’s original Microbusiness Support Programme won the Best Private Sector Project Award at the 2022 National Social Value Awards.
Jake Elliott-Hook, Director of successful 2021 applicant S’wheat, creators of reusable plant-based water bottles, said: “Lyreco’s programme is a great opportunity for start-ups who are looking to scale their business and find new business opportunities. The connections we’ve made since joining the programme have become an invaluable asset to our company.”