MRes – An investigation into the impact of the Small Business Charter’s ‘Help to Grow’ programme’

MRes – An investigation into the impact of the Small Business Charter’s ‘Help to Grow’ programme’ on regional economic development

A Master’s by Research (MRes) course allows you to embark upon a research degree by undertaking a research project at Master’s level which will be assessed via submission of a thesis and a viva voce. 

By undertaking this degree within Bournemouth University Business School your research project will be developed in collaboration with our academic university staff who will provide you with specialist knowledge and supervisory input, while accessing BU’s technical facilities and information resources.

Research topic

The ‘Help to Grow’ programme is a Small Business Charter initiative which aims to enhance the management and strategic capabilities of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). Typical outputs from this programme includes the development of a growth plan which enhances resilience to enable a business to cope with future economic shocks. Furthermore, digital technologies can also be used to boost productivity and operational agility.

As a result of integrating such developments, businesses supported by the programme will be able to increase their value proposition and reach into growth markets. This research will investigate the role of the ‘Help to Grow’ programme, and will consider the impact achieved by SMEs in terms of regional economic development.


12-18 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time.

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

For further information about the MRes course details, fees, funding and more, click here.

Application deadline: Sunday 31 October 2021.

This Master's by Research (MRes) sits within the Department of Marketing, Strategy & Innovation at Bournemouth University Business School.