Are you looking to grow your business, and develop the knowledge and skills of your people to drive that growth?

Over the past year,  Huddersfield Business School has been helping local SMEs to do just that, through the 90% funded Help to Grow Management programme.

Help to Grow Management is a government-backed, practical 12-week programme, designed to support senior managers of small and medium-sized businesses, to boost their business performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

Delivered online and face to face, the course is suitable for every sector, and is enhanced by 10, valuable sessions with a dedicated mentor. Businesses who have completed it so far have benefited not only from the knowledge, skills and focus that it gives, but from growing their network, making valuable connections with their peers in other organisations.

Thomas Burwell, Head of Sales and Operations at BOSS Training Limited, who has recently completed the Help to Grow course says:

“I decided to join the Help to Grow Management programme to be able to expand what we did as a business.

“We wanted to venture out into other markets and diversify, but I wasn’t sure how to do that. I needed a little bit of help from outside.

“Being able to network and mix with the peer group was brilliant, it gave me the opportunity to work with people who were at a similar stage in their career and who were wanting to learn just like me. We all had different levels of experience, and all worked within totally different industries with different expertise.

“By sharing our expertise, we were able to learn from one another, as well as being able to network and meet new suppliers, and new customers. It’s been fantastic.

“I couldn’t recommend the Help to Grow programme enough… This is an absolutely amazing course and something that anyone looking to take their career to the next level should be involved in.”

The course includes:

  • Support with developing a custom growth action plan
  • 10 hours of one-to-one support from an experienced mentor
  • Access to a business network
  • In-depth training developed by business and course experts
  • Practical management training covering: reviewing systems and processes to work smarter, analysing financial information and ratios, communicating the business’s purpose and values, adopting new digital technology, and building good leadership and management practices.

Stella Bowdell, Programme Lead for Help to Grow at Huddersfield Business School commented:

“Businesses everywhere need access to practical, affordable support to secure their current and future success. We are proud to be delivering this support in our region and we want as many local businesses as possible to benefit.

“The Help to Grow course is worth £7,500, but is 90% funded, meaning businesses pay just £750. Having learned that the funding pot is now limited, we’d urge organisations to get in touch as soon as possible, to secure their places.”

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