Designed specifically for the development of owner-managers, the Business Growth Programme helps you create the future you want for your business and for yourself.

As the UK’s longest running programme for owner-managers looking to take their business to the next stage, the Business Growth Programme provides the highest level of expertise, experience and interactive engagement that traditional business courses or online resources are unable to offer.

What makes the programme so successful, in addition to structured modules and content, is the time dedicated to transforming knowledge into actions for your business, working directly with the BGP counsellors, peer-to-peer mentoring in small groups and invaluable interactions with experts and experienced business owners.

The BGP counsellors are central to the journey and play a key role in the development – and indeed the lives – of the participants that they mentor. In many cases the relationship does not end when the programme ends, but often continues well into the future, as does the bond formed between the delegates themselves.

Business Growth Programme briefing events

We are offering online and face-to-face events to provide vital information about our Business Growth Programme and how it will support you create the future you want for yourself and your business. Delivered by Dr. Stephanie Hussels and Carol Foussat, you also have opportunities to ask any questions you might have - find out more and book today »

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Programme information – Face-to-face

  • Dates
    • 03 Feb 2023
    • 15 Sep 2023
  • DurationModular programme
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£12,500 +VAT
    Concessions available

Module dates

The programme modules run on the following dates:

  February 2023  September 2023  
Module 1

03-04 February 2023 15-16 September 2023
Module 2

24-25 February 2023 06-07 October 2023
Module 3

17-18 March 2023 27-28 October 2023
Module 4

31 Mar - 1 Apr 2023 10-11 November 2023
Review date 1  
05 May 2023 12 January 2024
Review date 2  
05 October 2023 11 April 2024

Course structure

The BGP is a modular programme that allows you to continue to run your business while you participate. The main part of the programme runs over 11 weeks. During that time, there are four two-day modules here at Cranfield. In between the modules, you will be working on developing your own strategy for your business and you will be making immediate improvements. Five weeks after the fourth module is the Business Plan Review, where you will present your strategy and plans to a panel made up of the BGP team and independent advisors.

About six months later we reconvene for the Progress Review Day when we review actual progress against your plan. Throughout the programme, you will be supported by an experienced BGP counsellor who works with you on a 1-2-1 basis, and within a small group, to ensure that you get the maximum value from your BGP experience.

What you will learn

The benefits you achieve from your BGP experience will depend on your particular situation. Typical benefits that past participants have achieved: 

  • Faster and more managed growth
  • A more valuable business
  • A robust and rigorous plan
  • More confidence, more focus, more energy
  • An exit plan
  • Improved profitability
  • Greater clarity over their personal goals and drivers
  • More effective leadership and improved management skills
  • Greater confidence in the future
  • Less stress, more time off and more fun! 

Find out what some of our past participants have taken away from the programme

Core content

The Business Growth Programme is centred entirely on the reality of your business – your current challenges, your opportunities, your future goals and ambitions. Because of this, the journey and the way you apply your learnings, as well as the benefits you gain, will be unique to you.

How does it work?

The BGP is built around a core developmental process whereby each individual participant develops their own growth strategy for their own business and a plan to implement that strategy.

To enable this, the programme consists in a simple yet rigorous structure, comprising of three key blocks of strategic thinking:

  1. Where are we now?
  2. Where are we going?
  3. How do we get there?

Core content

Content is delivered by means of lectures from Cranfield University faculty and associates, all experts in their fields and with proven business experience. They key themes that lectures fall under are:

  • Internal Processes
  • External Influences
  • Strategy
  • Leadership

Topics such as strategy, marketing, sales, finance are all covered within these key themes.



To be considered for a place on the BGP, what we typically look for is owner-managers of businesses that have been in operation for 3 or more years, with a staff of 5 to 50 and a turnover between £0.5m and £20m. In some circumstances, we will also consider managing directors and other senior team members of privately owned businesses who have strategic control but not necessarily an ownership stake. 

The BGP has a strong selection process that aims to ensure businesses that do come on the programme will see tangible benefits. Upon application you will first talk to an executive development advisor and if necessary may be referred to a BGP counsellor for further guidance.

Listen to how past participants have benefited

You’ve got to take time out. There’s never a good time. You are always going to be busy as an owner-manager. But making the commitment to take time out of the business, so that you can really focus your efforts will make you a lot more productive.

BGP has enabled me to build a future for my business, rather than a month-to-month headache, and has helped me understand what I need to focus on to keep myself happy.

Our growth and profits are all up versus the corresponding period last year. That in its self is a remarkable achievement. I owe all of this to the Cranfield BGP course. It is and will probably remain the single best investment decision I have ever made.


20% discount (tuition fee only) for Cranfield School of Management Alumni who have attended one of our eligible leadership programmes.

Tuition, course materials and lifelong access to Alumni Membership benefits are included in the price of this course.

Location and travel

Cranfield School of Management is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. 

The School is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield Management Development Centre 
Wharley End
MK43 0HG

How to apply

If you feel that the Business Growth Programme could be for you, please apply now. We will then contact you to take you through the booking process.

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This course is provided by Cranfield Management Development Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of Cranfield University