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Smart and Inclusive Leadership

The Smart and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL) project provides employees of SMEs with training opportunities to develop into future leaders, from basic skills and Level 1 bespoke learning, through to postgraduate accredited qualifications.

The Smart and Inclusive Leadership project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and supports employees of SMEs to access free bespoke, employer-led training, career coaching and advice to up-skill their employees in vocational and high-level technical skills.

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Practical Marketing Skills (Level 3)

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Practical Marketing Skills is a Level 3 CIM-accredited course for employees of SMEs based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

If you're a business owner, manager or employee of an SME that is responsible for marketing, and want to increase your knowledge, enhance your marketing activities, and increase your chances of success in the years ahead, our Practical Marketing Skills course is for you.

By signing up to this course and opting to take a timed assessment on completion, you will receive a one-year membership to the CIM providing unlimited access to expert marketing tutorials, resources and networking opportunities. On passing the assessment, you will gain 12 credit points towards a full CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing.

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Course dates

Delivered over four half-days from 10 am – 1 pm, confirmed dates are:



Practical Marketing Skills (online course)



Practical Marketing Skills (in-person course)

NTU University Centre, Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5BH



Practical Marketing Skills (online course)

I already feel more confident and knowledgeable about the role of marketing and how I can apply this to our business. The drop-in session in the afternoon was invaluable, being able to ask further questions in a smaller group, and bounce ideas off of each other.

Phoebe James, Marchini Curran Associates

Women in Leadership (Level 7)

Women in Leadership course group photo delivered in Tuesday 3 December 2019

Building on our successful Women in Leadership course for SMEs that has been delivered since 2019, this course is delivered by Nottingham Business School experts.

The course is suitable for women currently working in or towards leadership and management roles and is accredited at Level 7, meaning participants can gain 20 credits towards a postgraduate qualification.

The course addresses the following themes:

  • Goal setting, development planning and career management
  • How management and leadership delivers value to SMEs
  • Women as leaders
  • The importance of organisational culture
  • Bringing people with you
  • Leading and managing high-performing teams
  • Communicating with impact

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Course dates

The course is delivered over five sessions. Four sessions will be delivered online, with one session in-person. Please note that participants are required to attend all sessions to complete the course.


Juliet Leah from Gather Social on NTU's Women in Leadership course

We're currently working on getting our other courses ready for delivery in autumn 2021. Course dates will be confirmed here as soon as we have them, but in the meantime you can get a place on our waiting lists by getting in touch via the email addresses listed in the courses below.

Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership (Level 4)

reducing carbon emissions

Sustainability and the climate crisis are becoming an area of focus for many people across the world in both their personal and professional lives, and it will have a very real impact on the economic landscape.

The Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL) course explores the global climate crisis, the very real impact that this will have on the economic landscape, and how important it is for businesses to be more sustainable as they work towards COVID-19 recovery.

Participants will consider personal values, ethical decision-making and health and wellbeing, before taking a more focused look at sustainability through the lens of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate action and carbon literacy.

The course also looks at the circular economy – an economic system emphasising minimal waste through re-use, sharing, repaid and recycling – and the ‘doughnut economy’ – a visual framework for sustainable development.

Ideal for your team's professional development, this course has been accredited by NTU, and participants will receive 10 credits towards a Level 4 (degree level) qualification. You will also develop an action plan for your business, and upon being successful in your assessment, you will receive a full certificate issued by the Carbon Literacy Trust.

Course dates

Course dates are still to be confirmed, but we are welcoming expressions of interest.

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I think that a lot of people just don’t have the awareness that’s needed to tackle the problem at scale, so being armed with some facts, ideas for engagement, methods of overcoming objections, and ultimately the confidence to challenge misinformation or misguided opinions is really helpful. I now intend to be much more proactive in advocating for climate solutions and reducing carbon footprints. Since the course, a number of our clients have referenced their own new or improved targets and commitments to sustainability or net-zero, so it’s definitely increased the urgency behind our actions.

Ben Williamson, Rebel Recruiters

Effective Change Management (Level 7)

Values and Leadership

The extent, pace and scale of change that businesses need to manage, has grown significantly, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), this can pose challenges around the resources, capacity or skills needed to manage change.

Our new Effective Change Management course is designed to help senior professionals, managers and leaders within SMEs that are currently going through change, to design, implement and lead change effectively.

This course is relevant for businesses of five or more employees, fully funded (no cost) for employees of eligible SMEs in the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) region, and is accredited as a 20-credit module at postgraduate level, but you do not need to have any prior qualifications to attend.

Throughout the course, you will:

  • gain insight into researched, evidence-based and well-established approaches to change management whilst also providing opportunities to apply new knowledge to changes within your organisation.
  • explore organisational barriers to change
  • design your change
  • understand how to effectively implement change
  • understand the impact of leadership and personal effectiveness during change
  • identify more effective ways to engage people with change.

The course is delivered fully online, providing flexibility through self-study and the opportunity to collaborate and share good practice through ‘live’ facilitated sessions.

Evidence suggests that a high percentage of change efforts fail. The Effective Change Management programme is aimed at helping SMEs successfully manage this.

Course dates

Course dates are still to be confirmed, but we are welcoming expressions of interest.

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Want to enquire?

If you want to enquire about any of the above courses you can contact the teams directly on the details above, or email us at


These courses are available to employees of SMEs that are based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire).

We particularly aim to support employees aged 50+, employees with disabilities, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff, and those who have previously missed out on traditional educational opportunities

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).