Small business and social enterprises are invited to sign up now for the Help to Grow: Management programme, which is 90% subsidised by the UK government

The Help to Grow: Management programme combines a practical curriculum with 1:1 support from a business mentor, peer-learning sessions and an alumni network. It helps business leaders develop their strategic skills, create jobs and boost their business performance.

Help to Grow: Management offers a 12 week-programme delivered by leading Business Schools across the UK and accredited by the Small Business Charter.

The programme, which combines online sessions with face-to-face learning, is 90% funded by the Government and has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside full-time work. The programme will support small business leaders with key modules covering financial management, innovation and digital adoption. By the end of the programme participants will develop a tailored business growth plan to lead their business to its full potential.

A total of 30,000 places are available over three years. The programme is 90% subsidised by government – costing only £750 to the business.

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

The participant should be a decision maker or member of the senior management team within the business, for example, a Chief Executive or Finance Director.

Please note that charities are not eligible as the scheme is designed to support commercial enterprises.

Participating Business Schools in the South West region are:

o The University of Portsmouth Business School, which will be delivering the course from Monday 6 September 2021 in Gloucestershire , Swindon and Wiltshire and West of England  (including Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire), and
o The University of the West of England, Bristol Business School (course start date: Monday 4 October 2021).

For further information about Help to Grow: Management and to sign up for the course, go to the Small Business Charter website.