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Help to Grow Growth

Join 30,000 senior leaders taking part in a practical management training course delivered by world-class business schools, accredited by the Small Business Charter.

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

The 12-week module course, which combines online sessions with face-to-face learning, is 90% funded by the Government and has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside full-time work.

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 course you will develop a business growth plan to help you lead your business to release its potential. The course is 90% subsided by the government – costing only £750.

Upcoming cohorts

Cohort 5 West Midlands
  • Onboarding: To be confirmed.
  • Start date: Thursday 3 February 2022
  • End date: Thursday 5 May 2022
Cohort 6 West Midlands
  • Onboarding: Tuesday 1 February 2022
  • Start date: Wednesday 9 February 2022
  • End date: Wednesday 27 April 2022
Cohort 7 East Midlands
  • Onboarding: Tuesday 1 March 2022
  • Start date: Monday 7 March 2022
  • End date: Friday 6 June 2022

Please note if you're unable to attend the onboarding session we will offer individual onboarding at a time convenient to you, contact us for more information.

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Benefits of the course:

  • Enhance your management and strategic capabilities
  • Produce a growth plan for your business
  • Build resilience to future shocks
  • Learn how to innovate your business
  • Adopt digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility
  • Develop your value proposition and reach into growth markets
  • Improve employee engagement and responsible business practices
  • A blended course that combines interactive, online sessions with face-to-face learning to suit you

The course

The course will cover key areas of leadership including:

  • Strategy and innovation
  • Digital Adoption
  • Growing National & International Marketings
  • Vision, Mission and Values
  • Developing a Marketing Strategy
  • Building a Brand
  • Organisational Design
  • Employee Engagement and Leading Change
  • High Performance Workplace
  • Efficient Operations
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Implementing Growth

Delivery format

  • 8 x virtual webinars
  • 4 x face to face case study workshops
  • 8 x virtual peer group calls
  • Up to 10 hours of 1:1 support from a mentor to develop a business growth plan
  • Alumni programme


  • Open to businesses with 5-249 employees
  • Must have been operating for 1+ years
  • Participants should be a member of the senior management team and have at least one direct report
  • Can be located anywhere in the UK but must be prepared to travel to Face to Face Case Study workshop locations
  • Restricted to one participant per business


All participants will also be eligible for up to 10 hours of one to one mentoring support. Your mentor will support you with the development of realistic and valuable Growth Action Plans and provide advice on implementation. Nottingham Business School will work closely with each participant to match you with a mentor from our wide pool of professionals with sector specific industry experience or expertise in areas of your business you identify for priority support.

Participant fees

The Help to Grow: Management Course is part-funded by Government Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy and will support senior managers of small and medium-sized businesses to boost their business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

Support is valued at £7500. Participants will be required to make a 10% contribution towards the cost. A fee of £750 is payable before you commence Module 1.

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NBS has a long tradition of helping small and medium sized enterprises to grow and flourish

NBS is known as the business school for business.

In the last 2 years we have:

  • Supported the growth and resilience of over 200 scaling SMEs through the UpScaler programme
  • Enabled over 100 SMEs to collectively respond to Covid challenges through the Small Business Leadership Programme
  • Encouraged over 500 SME employees to upskill through our short course programmes for Women in Leadership; Sustainable and Inclusive Leadership and Practical Marketing Skills

SME support at Nottingham Business School

At Nottingham Business School (NBS), we are proud of the range and impact of the support we have delivered to small businesses over recent years, but especially since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the economic challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the challenges of supporting clients online, our participating SMEs have attained incredible accomplishments. Nottingham Business School (NBS) is celebrating and reflecting upon our significant project milestones and keeping you up to date on what’s to come.


UpScaler is designed for companies that have been scaling up and have the potential to bounce back in the short-term and grow at pace in the longer term. Our 250 participating SMEs share £435millions combined turnover and 3550 Full Time Employees. We have also supported 150 SMEs from 12 to 90 hours and a total of 70 new jobs have been created!

Women in Leadership

Since January 2019, NTU have delivered a Women in Leadership course for current or aspiring women managers and leaders in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This course has supported an amazing 243 women leaders in 17 cohorts, and 144 of these have achieved 20 Post Graduate credits.

Sustainable and Inclusive Leadership programme

The Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL) programme 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. Since this course launched in September, we have had 79 learners in 7 cohorts, and 54 participants have received Carbon Literacy Certificates and have gone on to complete our assessments and received credits at Level 4.

Practical Marketing Skills short course

This course which is fully funded for eligible participants and delivered over four sessions, explores the role and function of marketing within SMEs, the factors influencing customer behaviour, and the application of marketing in different settings. It has had an incredible 175 budding marketeers enrol to this course in 14 cohorts, and 140 people achieved 12 CIM credits and 31 improved their career opportunities.

Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs 2019-21

The Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs 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 course finished at the end of June and has been running for 3 ½ years and has seen significant impact. We have had 528 participants and 338 of these participants have achieved a level 3 or higher award, and 137 have improved their career prospects.

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