MP Mike Weatherley has praised a £200 million Government programme, GrowthAccelerator, which delivers growth support to ambitious small businesses.

The national team of Growth Accelerator coaches includes Brighton and Hove resident Clive Bonny of Strategic Management Partners. Clive was part of a team that attended an Intellectual Property Office Masterclass and now coaches high growth companies. Many businesses including The Big Lemon Bus Company and Malpass Meats Direct – have already signed up to the programme. For more information, visit

Commenting, Mike said: “This is an excellent scheme that will really help small businesses grow and become more competitive. I am particularly impressed with the support that is being given in relation to Intellectual Property, as it is vital that companies protect this aspect of their business. Leaders like Clive, who has been working with the Intellectual Property Office, deserve recognition for their support of local businesses.”