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Help to grow programme

Our programme supports senior managers of small and medium sized businesses to boost their business’s performance, resilience and long-term growth. 

Grow your business with our Small Business Charter accredited programme

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Join 30,000 senior leaders taking part in a practical management training programme delivered by Brunel Business School, accredited by the Small Business Charter.

The programme is built around a practical curriculum which 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 events

Cohorts in 2021

  • Cohort 3 - starting on Wednesday 6 October 2021. Click here for more information
  • Cohort 4 - starting on Wednesday 13 October 2021. Click here for more information
  • Cohort 5 - starting on Monday 1 November 2021. Click here for more information
  • Cohort 6 - starting on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Click here for more information

Cohorts in 2022

  • Cohort 7 - starting on Friday 7 January 2022. Click here for more information
  • Cohort 8 - starting on Monday 24 January 2022. Click here for more information
  • Cohort 9 - starting on Friday 4 February 2022. Click here for more information
  • Cohort 10 - starting on Tuesday 22 February 2022. Click here for more information
  • Cohort 11 - starting on Wednesday 2 March 2022. Click here for more information
  • Cohort 12 - starting on Tuesday 22 March 2022. Click here for more information


Help to grow

Who delivers the programme?

The programme will be delivered by leading small business and enterprise experts from Brunel Business School with the support of leading figures from industry and experienced entrepreneurs. 

Help to grow management training is delivered nationally by participating business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter, an award which recognises the high quality, tailored guidance they provide to support small businesses and their local economy.

The consortium brings a huge amount of expertise and experience to support you and your business.

What does the programme cover?

It will covers key areas of leadership including:

  • Strategy and innovation
  • Growing national and international market
  • Leading for high performance
  • Building vision and brand
  • Engaging and inspiring teams
  • Creating customer value
  • Adopting digital technology
  • Adopting responsible business practices
  • Financial management

Who is eligible?

To join Help to Grow: Management 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 registered charity

To Join Help to Grow: Management, the applicant must:

  • Be a decision maker or member of the senior management team within the business, such as Chief Executive, Finance Director, Operations Director etc
  • Commit to completing all sessions

When does the programme start and how much does it cost?

The first programme cohorts will begin in June 2021. You can register your interest by completing the form below to be among the first to hear about this programme.

The programme is 90% funded by the Government. The fee payable by participants is £750.

We hold the Small Business Charter award, an award for the UK’s world-class business schools. The Small Business Charter award celebrates business schools that play an effective role in supporting small businesses, local economies and student entrepreneurship.