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Help to grow: leadership development for SMEs

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

Help to Grow: Management course overview

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

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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.

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Who is it for?

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 overview

Over 12 weeks, you’ll gain access to:

  • eight facilitated online sessions (each lasting two hours).
  • four face-to-face practical and interactive case study workshops at the University of Bath School of Management.
  • 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, including group calls. Share experiences with other small business leaders.
  • access to the Alumni Programme of events with inspirational speakers, business clinics and networking events.


  • Strategy and innovation
  • Digital transformation
  • Winning new markets
  • Vision, mission and values
  • Developing a marketing strategy
  • Building a brand
  • Organisational design
  • Employee engagement and leading change
  • High performance workplace
  • Effective operations
  • Finance and financial management
  • Implementing growth plans

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:

  • Thursday 28 September 2023
  • Tuesday 12 March 2024

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

How much time does the course take?

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

A portrait of Darryl Grant
‘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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Contact us

Get in touch if you have any questions about Help to Grow.