Help to Grow: Management

The Help to Grow 12-week programme, which is 90% funded by the government, combines online sessions with face-to-face learning and one-to-one mentoring. It aims to support senior managers of small and medium-sized businesses to boost their business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

9/10SME leaderswould recommend the programme to another business leader
70%H2GM completersincreased confidence in leading and managing their business
90%FundedBy UK Government
10Hours of mentoringIncluded to support your business growth
3 out of 4SME leaderscompleted a Growth Action Plan

Upcoming courses

About Help to Grow: Management

Help to Grow: Management is a practical training course delivered by world-class business schools, accredited by the Small Business Charter focusing on building and strengthening your capabilities to lead your business and release its potential, delivered by the University of Derby across Derbyshire.

This course incorporates hybrid learning, peer group networks and mentoring and will support managers and leaders of small and medium-sized businesses to boost business performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

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

  • 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
  • Your business must employ between five and 249 employees
  • Your business must be at least one year old
  • Participants must be a leader or decision-maker with at least one direct report
  • Your business must not be a charity
  • Businesses with five to nine employees are allowed one participant in the programme
  • Businesses with ten to 249 employees are allowed two participants in the programme

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

The course is built around a practical curriculum that features

  • Eight facilitated online two-hour sessions
  • Four face-to-face practical and interactive case study workshops
  • Ten hours of one-to-one mentoring support from a dedicated mentor providing you with personalised support to develop your business growth plan
  • Peer networking through online peer group meetings 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 course will cover key areas of leadership including

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

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Hear what Dr Elnerine Greeff has to say about the programme

Meet Dr Elnerine Greeff, she's a Lecture in Marketing at Derby Business School and one of the expert speakers delivering the Help to Grow: Management programme. Find out more about the programme and why Dr Greeff thinks it's a great programme for SME's.

Dr Elnerine Greeff speaking about the Help to Grow: Management programme.

View Dr Elnerine Greeff speaking about the Help to Grow: Management programme. video transcript

Joseph Eyong

What we want to do moving forward is also to create an environment where all the participants have the opportunity to build a community of their own, in which they decide how the community is run, how they network and share experiences.

Joseph Ebot Eyong
Help to Grow: Management Course Lead and Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy

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