The government-backed Help to Grow: Management course is set to launch at Nottingham Business School (NBS), offering leaders of small and medium businesses (SMEs) the chance to rebuild, refocus and move their organisation forward following the pandemic.
The first cohort of businesses to benefit from the programme includes SMEs with products ranging from auto parts through to children’s leisure activities, and services from digital marketing to waste reduction.
Help to Grow: Management is aimed at both new and experienced decision makers at SMEs. It covers strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams, and digital adoption, as well as marketing and branding, financial management and responsible business practices. The topics have been developed specifically with an SME focus, including real life case studies to inspire and inform future growth plans.
Delivered by leading UK business schools all accredited by the Small Business Charter, Help to Grow: Management includes 50 hours of in-depth training, 1:1 business mentoring, and the chance to hear from inspirational business leaders and learn alongside local peers, with access to a national alumni network.
Dr Lynn Oxborrow, programme director at NBS, said: “The course is designed to build confidence among SME leaders and help to stimulate rapid growth and support recovery from recent challenges. By the end of the programme, participants will have developed a tailored business growth plan to increase productivity, grow revenue, and take their business to the next level.”
The 12-week Help to Grow: Management programme is delivered by business experts at NBS and is 90% subsidised by the government, so the cost to SMEs is just £750.
Participants can complete the course around their existing work commitments and access learning through a blend of online and face-to-face sessions – all based on what is relevant to SMEs. To be eligible SMEs must have 5 or more employees and have been trading for at least 12 months.