Help to Grow: Management

Join us as part of this management and leadership development programme to boost your business performance and long-term growth. In partnership with East Midlands Chamber, we are now offering fully funded places on our course in eligible areas of the East Midlands. Check if you are eligible for a fully funded place.

About Help to Grow: Management

Take part in a practical management training programme delivered by world-class business schools, accredited by the Small Business Charter.

The Help to Grow: Management programme will support managers and leaders of small and medium sized businesses to boost business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth. The 12-week programme has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside exisiting work commitments.

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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This practical programme takes place over 3-months and will include online webinars 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 mentor 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 event

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


  • 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 a leaders or manager with at least one direct report

The total cost of the Help to Grow: Managment programme is £7,500. All eligible UK SME's are entitled to receive 90% funding to cover the cost of this programme. The University of Derby and East Midlands Chamber are pleased to offer a select number of fully funded places for SME's in the following areas: 

  • Derbyshire Dales
  • High Peak
  • Bassettlaw
  • Mansfield
  • Newark
  • Sherwood
  • Nottingham City
  • Leicester City

Register your interest in the Help to Grow: Management Programme to find out if you're eligible for a fully funded place.

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Fully-funded places on offer for 100 East Midlands businesses

Eligible business in the East Midlands could take advantage of fully funded places on the Help to Grow: Management programme, through funding from East Midlands Chamber. The additional funding is only available until September 2022.

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Free Business Health Check

We have developed a brand-new business health check tool specifically for small organisations. This free resource is designed to offer practical information and guidance, on how to recover and improve business performance during the current economic climate.

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Meet the Business Leaders

Claire and Paula have both completed their time on the Help to Grow: Management programme. Hear why they enjoyed their time on the programme and why they would reccoment it to other business leaders.

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It’s been a brilliant experience, having learnt lots from a fantastic range of facilitators, met some great people in my cohort and been paired up with an inspiring mentor! I’d definitely recommend the programme to SMEs looking to grow.

Claire MacDonald
Co-Director of MacMartin
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Often you get sidetracked in business and you are just getting on with doing the job. But this programme makes you think about other areas. What has really come out of it is the importance of putting time aside to do the big things.

Paula Twine
Operations Manager at Pinnacle Surveyors

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Time-limited support for businesses based in Derbyshire Dales or High Peak

If your business is based in one of these areas, we can now provide a wide range of subsidised business support until June this year, to help you get back to productivity and growth. This is through the Derbyshire Accelerator programme.

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