The BGP Clubs are designed specifically for the Cranfield BGP past participants   

These occasions provide continuing training, support and mentoring which builds on the unique Cranfield approach to owner-managed businesses.  They consist of a series of regional groups, each chaired and facilitated by an experienced member of our Business Growth Programme teaching staff. 

Here are just some examples of specific issues raised by participants and addressed at BGP Club events: 

  • Turning a loss-making business into a substantially profitable operation Cutting loose a loss-making associated activity 
  • Restructuring a business for a new phase of growth Creating a new branding structure Integrating new acquisitions 
  • Planning and implementing a management buyout 
  • Planning for exit 
  • Executing sale and exit.  

Benefits of the BGP Clubs: 

  • Participation in business-building, management & leadership training sessions between six and eight times a year 
  • One-to-one mentoring sessions with the BGP faculty 
  • Premium membership of the Cranfield Alumni Network, the 55000 member alumni body of the University
  • Alumni services include career management, recruitment, and specialist speaker events. In addition you’ll have access to commercial databases and market research reports through the online Cranfield Knowledge interchange 
  • Priority access to Cranfield Venture Day events
  • Privileged access to online details of current Cranfield School of Management master’s students for recruitment purposes 
  • Access to current Cranfield students to work on business projects at no or minimal cost 
  • Preferential rates at Cranfield Management Development Centre. 

There are ten regional event series with over 80 members currently active in the South-East,Midlands, North and South-West 

Ten reasons why BGPers should seriously consider joining a Cranfield BGP Club: 

  1. It continues and strengthens the developmental process begun on BGP. 
  2. Taking part in BGP is part of a journey, not the final destination. If you valued the learning you took from your peers on BGP, you’ll value what you learn from your fellow members.  
  3. BGP Club groups are facilitated only by experienced BGP counsellors, who are all expert in getting the most out of the people they work with. In every case they have run or are running their own businesses.  
  4. The business issues that are key to you can be addressed as they happen, and tracked and monitored as they unfold.  
  5. You own the solution to your own issues. You get the benefit of fantastic advice and support, but at the end of the day the resolution is down to you.  
  6. As one member memorably put it, you get effectively the benefit of a roomful of non-execs on your board, but at a fraction of the price. 
  7. You have both regular group meetings and one-to-one sessions with the group facilitator. 
  8. You maintain a link with the network centred around BGP and Cranfield. There’s 21 years' worth of expertise at your disposal. 
  9. All members are automatically premium members of the Cranfield Management Association, with unrestricted access to the market research and financial databases of Cranfield's Knowledge Interchange Online. 
  10. You can cease to be a member whenever you wish. There are no restrictive conditions. 
  11. We are significantly better value, as is attested by our continuing growth and our loyal membership! 

To discuss joining one of the regional series, contact Vikki Lucas.  

Testimonials:

"I am indebted to Cranfield’s post BGP training events for supporting me throughout a torrid time where we lost a major customer which accounted for 40% of our business overnight.  We needed to quickly reinvent ourselves and transform our marketing in order to survive. Two years later we are still here and massively stronger – with a far wider customer base with innovatively marketed offerings setting us apart from our rivals. The support, advice and criticism have helped me forge a stronger business model and face up to some key issues.  It has also sustained the BGP experience far longer than if I  had just attended the Cranfield cohort session, presented my Business Plan and left."  
Guy Chatburn, MD, Send Marketing 

"Attending BGP in 2008 proved to be a 'game changer' for Cirrus. However, it was clear that developing and presenting the business plan was one thing; actually implementing it in real life was another.  The regional leaders training and workshop events force you to focus on working on your business rather than in it, at least twice a month, in a very  supportive environment. The mentoring during BGP is taken to another level, becoming much more personal and hands on. I can't recommend the BGP Leaders training events highly enough. They are the perfect follow on to BGP - the journey has only just begun!" 
Daren Wallis, MD, Cirrus Research plc