Help to Grow: Management

Fully funded  Practical learning  Delivered by experts 

Help to Grow: Management is a practical training course with online and in-person sessions delivered by experienced business experts. The course is delivered by Leicester Castle Business School, which is accredited by the Small Business Charter. Nationally, over 30,000 SME owners have already benefited from attending Help to Grow: Management at leading UK business schools. 

Leicester Castle Business School supports small and medium-sized businesses by helping them develop and improve leadership and business skills to overcome issues and achieve growth. 



Practical government-funded training

The fully funded 12-week course is 90% funded by the government, with the final 10% funded through a business support bursary from Leicester Castle Business School. This means participants have funded access to 50 hours of premium training to boost growth in their businesses. 

How can I benefit?

By completing Help to Grow: Management at Leicester Castle Business School, you will benefit from our expertise and experience in delivering practical, lifelong learning to leaders in the local business community.

 On completing the course, you will gain confidence and capability in:

  • Leading innovation in your business
  • Developing a clear growth plan
  • Managing and motivating your team
  • Building resilience as a leader
  • Creating new areas of opportunity for your company
  • Leading a culture of responsible business practice


What's involved?

The high-quality and practical curriculum is designed to fit into the demanding schedules of busy small business owners and managers. On completion of Help to Grow: Management, you'll have all the tools you need to create a strategic business growth plan to guide your journey toward exciting new levels of success.

What's covered

  • 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 responsibile business practices
  • Financial management

How does it work?

  • Eight 2-hour online sessions delivered by business experts
  • Four interactive, practical case study workshop sessions
  • 1:1 personalised support for your business growth plan from a mentor
  • Peer group support including group calls to share ideas and experiences
  • Alumni programme including networking, speakers and business clinics


Who is eligible?

SME owners and managers from a huge variety of sectors have already benefited from Help to Grow: Management. To enrol on the course, you need to meet the following criteria: 

  • Your small or medium-sized business employs between 5 and 249 people*
  • Your business is at least one year old
  • You are an owner, leader or decision maker with at least one team member

 *Businesses with 5 - 9 employees are eligible for one participant on the course, with two able to attend per programme for businesses with 10 – 249 staff.

Upcoming cohorts

Monday 2 September 2024

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