Essential Management Provides new and experienced managers in growing businesses with the skills required to become commercially-focussed, confident members of the senior team. Here at Cranfield, we are passionate about helping managers and teams realise the potential of their businesses.

Leaders of small to medium-sized enterprises need to spend more of their time working ON the business strategically rather than IN it. They will be enabled to do so if their Managers have the skills to take on more delegated responsibility for delivering business goals and targets and driving day to day performance.

Our experience suggests that many managers are already overstretched, and require training and development if they are to manage time, people, money and processes more effectively.

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Programme information – Face-to-face

  • Dates
    • 11 Nov 2024
    • 24 Mar 2025
    • 07 Oct 2025
  • Duration2 + 2 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£3,250 + VAT, including accommodation Concessions available

Module dates

The programme modules run on the following dates:

March 2024
November 2024 March 2025  October 2025 
Module 1
25-26 March 2024 11-12 November 2024 24-25 March 2025  07-08 October 2025
Module 2 29-30 April 2024 09-10 December 2024 28-29 April 2025  05-06 November 2025 


What you will learn

  • A deeper understanding of the core elements of business management outside your own area of expertise, allowing you to see the business as a whole and to become a more effective member of the senior team.
  • The ability to drive enhanced performance by effectively managing your time and the individuals and teams you work with.
  • An understanding of how it’s done elsewhere. This programme allows you to interact with senior managers from other ambitious businesses. Not only will your own confidence increase, your understanding of the benchmarks of good managerial practice will be improved by contact with top team members from different industry sectors and businesses in varying stages of their development.
  • During the programme you will work on an assignment expected to deliver a sustainable, measurable, positive value to the business.
  • From this you will learn how to create ongoing commercially driven business cases for changes or investments which may be required to improve the business.

Core content

Essential Management covers the commercial fundamentals of strategy, finance, marketing communications, management and leadership. You will understand more about your functional responsibilities and more about the business as a whole. You’ll also have a toolkit of skills to help you manage your team and yourself.

During the programme you will work with other senior managers to develop your manager’s toolkit. This programme is based on over 35 years of experience working with owner-managers and senior teams. It provides you with the tools and confidence required to drive enhanced business performance through individuals and teams.

Who should attend

For managers and senior teams in ambitious businesses who want to develop a solid foundation in the principles of management and a range of business functions.

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

What the participants think:

"Just a note to say what an excellent programme I thought 'Essential Management' was. For someone without a great deal of management training it was hugely beneficial and I feel far better equipped to take our business forward. I now look forward to the challenge of implementing everything I have learnt! Thanks again!"
Matthew Scrivens, ABSCO Materials

"I would just like to say thank you for an eye opening 4 days!!! I have a new found energy & enthusiasm and am determined to put into practice what I have learnt!"
Luke Desmond, Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd

Programme Directors

Andy Haworth

Jerry Sandys


Tuition, course materials and full board accommodation are included in the price of this course.


Discounts available for the same organisation over a 12 month period:

  • Send 2 delegates - 1 x full price and 1 x 10% tuition discount
  • Send 3 delegates -  2 x full price and 1 x 25% tuition discount  
  • Send 4 delegates -  3 x full price and 1 x 30% tuition discount  
  • Send 5 delegates -  4 x full price and 1 x 50% tuition discount

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