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Help to Grow: Management Course

Are you a small business leader? Do you need help with business growth?

Join 10,000 small business leaders in the UK who have registered for the Help to Grow Management programme.

At Cardiff Business School, the world's first public value business school, accredited with the Small Business Charter, we are proud to deliver this practical management training programme.

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

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Help to grow management

Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, this programme will support small business leaders to develop their strategic skills with 12 key modules covering a range of skills that will help them to develop a tailored sustainable business growth plan which will lead their business to its full potential.

In terms of costs to business leaders, the programme is 90% subsidised by UK Government – costing business owners only £750 (or £65 per week) for the full programme.

Work with industry experts to learn how to enhance your management and strategic capabilities, develop your value proposition, embed innovation into your business practice, products, and services, improve employee engagement, and importantly understand how to build resilience for future economic shocks through improved market, financial and technological support.

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The 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 which features:

  • eight facilitated 2 hour online sessions
  • four practical, face-to-face case study workshops
  • one-to-one support from a business 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 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.

"I took a great deal from the first module. I will be sharing my thoughts with our Management Team. The sessions are well organised, and the team are very friendly and approachable. Really looking forward to the next session."

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To join the Help to Grow: Management Course, your business must:

  • be a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) based in the United Kingdom
  • from any business sector, employing between 5 and 249 people
  • have been operational for at least one year
  • not be a charity.

To join the Help to Grow: Management Course, the applicant must:

  • be a senior decision maker, such as Chief Executive, Finance Director, Operations Director, etc. (please note, only one person per business can attend the programme)
  • commit to completing all sessions.

Further information

For more information please register your interest or contact Programme Director, Dr Jane Lynch.

Dr Jane Lynch

Dr Jane Lynch

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+44 (0)29 2087 6144