Help to Grow: Management

The 12-week programme is 90% subsidised by the government and is aimed at senior leaders of small and medium businesses. Benefit from 50 hours of in-depth training, 1:1 business mentoring, and the opportunity to grow your business, fast.

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Why study Help to Grow: Management?

The 12-week programme offers:

  • a practical curriculum
  • ​one to one support from a business mentor
  • peer-learning sessions
  • membership of an alumni network of like-minded businesses and university specialists

By the end of the course, you will develop a tailored, sustainable growth plan to lead your business to its full potential.

Find out more about the content of this programme.

Join 30,000 senior leaders taking part in a practical management training programme delivered by world-class business schools, accredited by the Small Business Charter.

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

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.

Key information

Next start date:

13 September 2022, 6 December 2022; 14 March 2023


Blend of online and face-to-face sessions at Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


12 weeks

Entry requirements:

UK businesses from any sector that have been operating for more than 1 year, with between 5 to 249 employees are eligible.

You should be a decision-maker or member of the senior management team within the business e.g. Chief Executive, Finance Director etc.

Charities are not eligible.

Course details

Facilitated by small business experts from leading university business schools, this practical programme takes place over 12-weeks 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 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.

Eligibility criteria

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