Help to Grow: Management

About Help to Grow: Management

Join 30,000 senior leaders taking part in a practical management training programme delivered by world-class business schools, accredited by the Small Business Charter.

Help to Grow: Management programme will support senior managers of small and medium sized businesses to boost their business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

The 12-week programme is 90% funded by the Government and the fee payable by participants is £750 and has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside full-time work.

The in-depth high quality curriculum will support you to build your capabilities in leadership, innovation, digital adoption, employee engagement, marketing, responsible business, and financial management. By the end of the programme you will develop a business growth plan to help you lead your business to release its potential.

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  • Enhance your management and strategic capabilities
  • Produce a growth plan for your business
  • Build resilience to future shocks
  • Learn how to innovate in your business
  • Adopt digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility
  • Develop your value proposition and reach into growth markets
  • Improve employee engagement and responsible business practices

Eligibility for the programme

  • Your business must employ a minimum of five people
  • Your business must be at least one year old
  • Participants must be strategic leaders or decision makers with at least one direct report

About the Help to Grow: Management programme

This practical programme takes place over 3-months and will include both online and face-to-face sessions, alongside peer support and mentoring.

The programme is built around a practical curriculum that features

  • Eight facilitated online 2-hour sessions
  • Four practical and interactive case study workshops
  • One-to-one support from a , providing you with personalised support to develop your business growth plan
  • Peer networking, including peer group calls that give you the opportunity to share experiences with a small group of other small business leaders
  • Access to the Alumni Programme featuring events with inspirational speakers, business clinics and networking events

The programme will cover key areas of leadership including

  • Strategy and innovation
  • Growing national and international markets
  • Leading for high performance
  • Building vision and brand
  • Engaging and inspiring teams
  • Creating customer value
  • Adopting digital technology
  • Adopting responsible business practices
  • Financial management 

Workshops, webinars and modules

We are pleased to be delivering the Help to Grow: Managment programme in the East Midlands, West Midlands and York and the Humber.

Help to Grow: Management programme structure

Module Title of ModuleMode of Delivery
1 Strategy & Innovation  Webinar and virtual peer group session 
2 Digital Adoption Webinar and virtual peer group session 
3 Internationalisation - Case study  Face to face
4 Vision Mission & Values Webinar and virtual peer group session 
5 Developing a Market Strategy Webinar and virtual peer group session 
6 Building a Brand - Case study Face to face
7 Organisational Design Webinar and virtual peer group session 
8 Employee Engagement and Leading Change  Webinar and virtual peer group session 
9 High-Performance Workplace - Case study Face to face
10 Efficient Operations Webinar and virtual peer group session 
11 Finance and Financial Management  Webinar and virtual peer group session 
12 Implementing Growth Plans - Case study Face to face
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Dr Koushik Das Sarma, Programme Leader

"Resilience is not just the ability to act quickly to immediate problems, it is also the strength to visualise and deliver the change that is required through a long-term lens."

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Useful links

For further information on the Help to Grow: Management programme, please follow the links below.

Business Secretary names top business brains set to boost Help to Grow: Management

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