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Local business leaders offered help to grow by Nottingham University Business School experts

Local business leaders offered help to grow by Nottingham University Business School experts

Nottingham University Business School is offering local companies the chance to grow their business with a new course, 90% funded by the government.

Experts from the Business School will provide 50 hours of in-depth training and one-to-one mentoring to equip local business leaders with strategies to aid recovery post-Covid-19 and grow their businesses, fast.

Nottingham University Business School has delivered the course to two cohorts so far, with companies from a vast range of sectors, including IT support, wholesale goods, architecture, and business consultancy. The next cohort will start on 22 November 2021, with an induction on Monday 15 November.

The government-backed Help to Grow: Management course is aimed at senior leaders in small and medium sized businesses and covers strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams and digital adoption, as well as financial management and responsible business practices.

The 12-week programme costs just £750 and business leaders can take part around existing work commitments, accessing learning through a blend of online and face-to-face sessions.

Professor Duncan Angwin, Dean of Nottingham University Business School, said:

“We are proud to deliver training that directly supports businesses in our region that are crucial to the local economy. Business leaders working with us will benefit from the Business School’s unique global presence and perspective, with access to world-leading academic insights.”

John Palmer, Co-Owner of Station Road Steam, recently completed the course with Nottingham University Business School. He said:

“The Help to Grow: Management course couldn't have come at a better time for me. I've had a huge amount of learning condensed into a short time, with a huge amount of support from the staff at Nottingham University Business School. I've never felt as engaged and empowered with my business as I do now — I'd recommend the course to anyone running an SME.”

By the end of the programme, decision makers will have developed a business growth plan tailored to their business to increase productivity and grow revenue, to help take their business to the next level. 

Small Business Minister, Paul Scully said:

“Seizing opportunity is what being a business leader is all about, and our Help to Grow: Management Scheme gives entrepreneurs the chance to access the very best advice on how to innovate, reach new customers and boost profits.

“The practical training scheme is 90% funded by the government and designed around busy business owners’ schedules, so I would encourage entrepreneurs across the UK to get involved and maximise the potential of their business.”

To be eligible, businesses need to have operated in the UK for over a year and have between five to 249 employees. Participants should be a key decision-maker or member of the senior management team of the business, and the business must not have participated in the Small Business Leadership Programme, a Government-funded training programme for senior leaders in SMEs. Apply to join the next cohort here – businesses can check their eligibility here.

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