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Help to Grow: Management

Help to Grow: Management will support senior managers of small and medium sized businesses to boost their business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

The 12-week programme is 90% funded by the Government and has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside full-time work.

H2Grow Management

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

The Government's Help to Grow: Management scheme is open to small and medium-sized businesses who have between five and 249 employees. It aims to help support senior managers to boost their skills in areas including leadership, innovation, digital adoption, sustainability and employee engagement.

It is designed to fit in around you and your work commitments, delivered by DMU academics and business mentors.

The Government will fund 90% of the cost of the funding as part of a £220m package to support small business recovery and growth.

Book here:

24 February 2022 – Cohort 2 Leicester Castle EM Cohort 2 - Small Business Charter

24 March 2022 – cohort 3 Leicester Castle EM Cohort 3 - Small Business Charter

Why choose us?

The Leicester Castle Business School (LCBS) is part of DMU and aims to meet the needs of professionals and support lifelong learning in business. Our mission is to go beyond business as usual by fostering creative, distinctive and pioneering solutions to real-world problems. We help business leaders develop personal, interpersonal, cognitive and technical skills.

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The Programme

Facilitated by small business experts from DMU's Leicester Castle Business School, this practical programme takes place over 3-months and will include both online and face-to-face sessions, alongside peer support and mentoring.

The programme is built around a practical curriculum which 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 programme will cover key areas of leadership including:

Topics covered


To join Help to Grow: Management, your business must:

  • Be a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) based in the United Kingdom
  • From any business sector, employing between 5 and 249 people
  • Have been operational for at least one year
  • Not be a charity

To join Help to Grow: Management, the applicant must:

  • Be a decision maker or member of the senior management team within the business, such as Chief Executive, Finance Director, Operations Director etc.
  • Commit to completing all sessions.


We support lifelong learning in business - but don’t take our word for it! Sam from Nest speaks about her experiences completing the course

Local entrepreneur and Micro-Fresh CEO Byron Dixon speaks about Help To Grow