Leeds Beckett University has teamed up with the Small Business Charter to deliver a specialised government-funded programme for leaders of small businesses in Yorkshire to survive and thrive beyond the COVID pandemic.

To aid business resilience and future growth in the current climate, the Small Business Leadership Programme (SBLP) comes as part of a £20million package the government are providing to help small businesses to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

The free programme has a practical focus and is delivered by small business and management experts from Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett.

Professor George Lodorfos, Dean of Leeds Business School, said: “I believe that resilient, agile and innovative SMEs could be a lifeline to economic recovery both at regional and national level. Therefore, I am very pleased to be able to offer entrepreneurs and SME leaders access to a leadership development programme designed to support them in managing sustainable businesses of the future.”

The SBLP will be delivered online through eight 90-minute webinars over the course of 10 weeks and will provide the knowledge needed for businesses to tackle crisis situations.

It will also give businesses the opportunity to strengthen their business network and create peer groups.  Participants will develop strategic leadership skills and the confidence to make informed decisions to boost business performance. The course will also focus on areas including innovation, operational efficiency, marketing and finance.

The SBLP is being delivered across the country by a consortium of business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter (SBC) – including Leeds Beckett. The SBC is an award for the UK’s world-class business schools, and celebrates business schools that play an effective role in supporting small businesses, local economies and student entrepreneurship.The first programme will begin in September 2020. For more details, and to register, visit http://smallbusinesscharter.org/sblp