Applications closing for start of new government business support course in 2022


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In Summary

General | 1st December 2021
Businesses in the region are encouraged to register before Christmas to confirm their place on the latest cohort of an industry-leading national management training course.

In Detail

The Help to Grow: Management course is designed to provide the management tools needed to help talented business leaders innovate and grow their business, driving our economic recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, modules cover financial management, strategies for growth and innovation, leading a high-performance workplace and digital adoption.

By the end of the programme, business leaders will develop a tailored business growth plan to help lead your business to its full potential with access to mentoring and an alumni network.

The 12-module programme is 90% subsidised by the government as part of its Plan for Jobs to help businesses to drive growth and protect jobs and is aimed at senior leaders of small and medium businesses. Courses at Aston Business School are open for applications – Apply and find out more here.

Current programme participant Karla Batchelor, Agilysys Ltd, said: "As a Finance Director, I expected this programme to be formally structured with clear homework and assessment points - that's how accountancy qualifications work.

“What I have had to realise over the weeks, is that the learning I'm gaining is not necessarily about discovering new areas of knowledge.

“It is about having the time to re-cap on tools and models that we already have in our portfolio and taking them back into the business.

“It's gone beyond my expectations, and the mentor sessions alone are worth the cost. I'd really recommend it."

Paula Whitehouse, curriculum director for Help to Grow: Management and associate dean enterprise of the College of Business and Social Sciences, said: "As a small business leader, you have to know about all the key business functions and how to optimise them to drive high performance in your business.

“Help to Grow: Management will combine this essential business education with the creation of a like-minded business network and support for the practical application of the learning to ensure businesses get immediate results.

“I am excited to be working with Small Business Charter business school colleagues all over the country to roll out the Help to Grow: Management curriculum and ultimately to be introducing many more business leaders from the West Midlands into Aston's vibrant entrepreneurial community."

Aston Business School’s Centre for Growth will deliver a special online information session on Tuesday 7th December for business leaders to have their questions about the course answered by the University team.

To join Help to Grow: Management, your business must:

  • Be a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) based in the United Kingdom
  • From any business sector, employing between 5 and 249 people
  • Have been operational for at least one year
  • Not be a charity

To Join Help to Grow: Management, the applicant must:

  • Be a decision maker or member of the senior management team within the business, such as Chief Executive, Finance Director, Operations Director etc.
  • Commit to completing all sessions