Help to Grow: Management, Cohort 19

Host: University of Derby

Cost: £750

Help to Grow: Management is a practical training course delivered by world-class business schools, accredited by the Small Business Charter.

The course will support managers and leaders of small and medium-sized businesses to boost business performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

The 12-week course is 90% funded and the fee payable by participants is £750. The course has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside full-time work.

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 course, you will develop a business growth plan to help you lead your business to release its potential.


  • Enhance your management and strategic capabilities
  • Produce a growth plan for your business
  • Build resilience to future shocks
  • Learn how to innovate in your business
  • Adopt digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility
  • Develop your value proposition and reach into growth markets
  • Improve employee engagement and responsible business practices


Eligibility for the course:

  • Your business must employ a between five and 249 employees
  • Your business must be at least one year old
  • Participants must be a leader or decision maker with at least one direct report
  • Businesses with five to nine employees are allowed one participant on the programme
  • Businesses with ten to 249 employees are allowed two participants on the programme


This practical programme takes place over three months and will include both online and face-to-face sessions, alongside peer support and mentoring.

The course is built around a practical curriculum that features:

  • Eight facilitated online two 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

The course 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 

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