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Help to Grow: Management Course

Join us in person or online (via Zoom) on Wednesday 15 June at 08:30 for a free taster session.

By the end of this one-hour session, you will:

  • understand how this programme can support your business growth plans
  • meet other like-minded business leaders
  • discover the long-term benefits of alumni membership

To secure your place for this opportunity, please register via Eventbrite.

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

Join 3,000 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.

Register your interest

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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.

"When I signed up for the Help to Grow programme in 2021, I had no immediate expectations of what might come from taking part. It has been an incredible journey, which for me has resulted in a make-over of my strategic thinking and aims, a refresher and a genuine eye-opener on latest research and thinking. Whilst the programme is intense - to get the most out of it you need to commit fully - I have thoroughly enjoyed my time, and it has galvanised my appetite for change in my own business, even after 25 years. Now, together with the mentor assigned through the programme, EMPOWER is on a rapid growth trajectory with renewed confidence and significant structural change. The icing on the cake has been the dedicated support and commitment from the team at Cardiff Business School."

Ruth Partington CEO, EMPOWER

In terms of costs to business leaders, the programme is 90% subsidised by UK Government – costing business owners only £750 (less than £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.

"The Help To Grow Management programme introduces new models, concepts and tools to understand why your existing customers buy from you, and perhaps why other potential customers currently don’t. By appreciating the customer’s perspective, we have been able to better focus business development and confidently invest in targeting the most lucrative customer segments, where we truly understand our competition and know that we can win."

Gareth Williams Marketing Director, IP Performance Ltd


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