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Develop your leadership skills with the Help to Grow: Management programme

A 12-week leadership development programme for managers and decision-makers in small and medium-sized enterprises.

Course overview

Help to Grow: Management is a small investment that can play a big part in securing the future of your business.

Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, Help to Grow helps you develop vital business skills. You'll learn about financial management, innovation, digital transformation and other key areas.

The course combines online sessions with face-to-face learning, alongside peer support and mentoring. By the end you'll develop a tailored business growth plan to lead your business to its full potential.

Find out more about the course content and download a brochure.


To join Help to Grow: Management, you must:

  • be a decision-maker or member of the senior management team. Example roles include Chief Executive, Finance Director or Operations Director.
  • commit to completing all sessions

Your business must:

  • be an SME based in the UK
  • employ between five and 249 people
  • have been operational for at least one year
  • not be a charity

If your business employs ten or more people, up to two people can join the course.

Course content and key benefits

Online and hybrid sessions

Eight facilitated online sessions, each two hours long. Four face-to-face practical and interactive case study workshops at the University of Bath School of Management.

Mentor support

Ten hours of one-to-one support from a mentor with experience of running a business. This provides you with personalised support to develop your own business growth plan.

Peer networking

Peer-to-peer discussions and networking opportunities. Share experiences with other small business leaders.

Growth action plan

Leave the programme with a personalised action plan to grow an area of your business.

Alumni network

Programme of events to support Help to Grow and School of Management alumni.

Costs and dates

Prices and timings for Help to Grow: Management.


Help to Grow: Management is £750 per person.

The course is subsidised by the government, who pay the remaining £6,750.

Course dates

The next available start dates are:

Please contact us by emailing if you’re interested in joining a future course.

Course duration

You’ll need to allow around four hours a week for 12 weeks to complete the course, through a combination of in-person and online learning.

Course modules

The course is divided into four parts with three modules in each part - two online sessions and one in-person session.

Strategies for growth and innovation

  • Strategy and innovation
  • Digital transformation
  • Winning new markets

Engaging new customers

  • Vision, mission and values
  • Developing a marketing strategy
  • Building a brand

Building a sustainable business

  • Organisational design
  • Employee engagement and leading change
  • High performance workplace

Operations and financial strategies

  • Effective operations
  • Finance and financial management
  • Implementing growth plans

Executive education for the 21st century

Academics from the School of Management and past Help to Grow: Management delegates talk about how the programme can help support the growth of your business.

A place to elevate your potential

Ambition has a new home. Our facilities will help you become the best you can be. The latest technology gives you a flexible learning environment to inspire you to do great things.

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‘What I cherished most was the examples and experiences of my fellow classmates, as they were real people in similar situations but from such diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Having that interaction with a great set of people was invaluable.’
Darryl Grant Help to Grow participant, EMEA Sales Director

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