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Nottingham Business School to boost SMEs with ‘Help to Grow’ Management’ course

Business leaders can help their enterprises to grow and innovate through a government subsided programme delivered by experts from the Nottingham Business School (NBS) at Nottingham Trent University.

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The course is delivered in collaboration with industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs​

As a world-class business school, NBS has been chosen to offer Help to Grow, a highly practical 12-week programme that covers strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams and digital adoption as well as financial management and responsible business practices.

The programme is a 12-week course designed to fit around existing work commitments with a blend of online and face-to-face workshops.

Help to Grow is 90% government-funded, making the cost to participants just £750.

Whilst the programme is being offered by more than 50 business schools around the country, Nottingham Business School will ensure the course content reflects NBS values such as ethical leadership, environmental sustainability and making a positive impact on people, business and society.

Delivered by industry experts including Dr Suzanne Ross, Steven Kear and Aquila Yeong, the programme offers 10 hours of business one-to-one mentoring and participants will finish the course with a tailored business growth plan, as well as being able to access to peer networking and an extensive alumni programme and network.

According to Programme Lead Dr Lynn Oxborrow: "SMEs really benefit by being part of the Nottingham Business School community and often they’re with us for years."

The next programme starts on the 23rd November from Nottingham Trent University’s City Campus, with another cohort due to start next year.

To be eligible businesses must:

  • Be a small or medium-sized business based in the UK;
  • Employ between 5 and 249 people;
  • Have been operational for at least one year;
  • Not be a charity.

Participants must:

  • Be a senior decision maker, such as a Chief Executive, Managing Director or Operations Director;
  • Have at least one direct report;
  • Commit to completing all sessions.

To find our more, visit our Help to Grow: Management Course Website or to register visit our Expression of Interest Form.

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    About Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Business School (NBS) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a leader in experiential learning and personalisation of business, management and economics education and research, combining academic excellence with positive impact on people, business and society.  NBS has an unrivalled level of engagement with business, public and voluntary organisations. With more than 8,000 students, NBS is also one of UK’s largest business schools.

    NBS is accredited by EQUIS and AACSB, which are internationally recognised hallmarks of excellence and quality for business education. The School is one of only six UK business schools recognised as a PRME Champion and held up as an exemplar by the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.

    The Research Excellence Framework (2021) classed 83% of NTU’s research activity as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

    NTU was ranked second best university in the UK in the Uni Compare Top 100 rankings (2021/2022). It was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards), University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).

    NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with nearly 39,000 students and more than 4,400 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 7,000 and an NTU community representing over 160 countries.

    Since 2000, NTU has invested £570 million in tools, technology, buildings and facilities.

    NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2021 UCAS UG acceptance data) It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge.

    75% of NTU students go on to graduate-level employment or graduate-entry education / training within fifteen months of graduating (Guardian University Guide 2021).

    NTU is ranked 4th most sustainable university in the world and 1st in the UK for sustainability-themed Education and Research in the 2021 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

Published on 17 October 2022
  • Category: Business; Nottingham Business School