Help to Grow

Delivered by Cranfield University and accredited by the Small Business Charter, this course is intended for senior managers and owners of small and medium-sized businesses.

The Help to Grow: Management Course will help boost your business's performance and resilience. This 12-week online course is also designed to fit around your existing work and personal commitments.

Programme information

  • Dates
    • 02 Oct 2023 - 24 Jan 2024
  • Duration12 weeks
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost90% of the course fee is funded by the Department for Business and Trade. Businesses pay £750 per participant.

The programme offers 50 hours of support over 12 weeks, including:

  • Eight online 2-hour tutorials
  • Four online case study workshops
  • Eight peer group calls to share knowledge and experiences with your fellow course participant
  • One-to-one support from a mentor to provide you with personalised support to develop your business growth plan

You will be provided access to the Help To Grow Alumni Programme upon completing the course.

Programme benefits

  • Enhance your management and strategic capabilities
  • Produce a growth plan for your business
  • Build resilience to future shocks
  • Learn how to innovate in your business
  • Adopt digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility
  • Develop your value proposition and reach into growth markets
  • Improve employee engagement and responsible business practices
  • A blended programme that combines interactive, online sessions with face-to-face learning to suit you

October 2023 – January 2024 dates




Week 1

Onboarding and introduction

Module 1 Strategy and Innovation

Monday 2nd October 10am-1.30pm (includes 30 min break)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thurs 5th Oct 10am-11am

Week 2

Module 2 Digital Adoption

Monday 9th October 10am-12pm

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thursday 12th October 10am-11am

Week 3

Module 3 Internationalisation and Winning New Markets

Monday 16th October (10:00am-12:30pm)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thursday 19th October 10am-11am

Week 4


23rd - 27th October

Week 5

Module 4 Vision, Mission and Values

Monday 30th October (10am - 12pm)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thursday 2nd November (10am-11am)

Week 6

Module 5 - Developing a Marketing Strategy

Monday 6th November (10am - 12pm)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thursday 9th November (10am - 11am)

Week 7

Module 6 - Building a Brand

Monday 13th November (10:00am - 12:30pm)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thursday 16th November 10am-11am

Week 8

Module 7 - Organisational Design

Monday 20th November (10am - 12pm)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thursday 23rd November (10am - 11am)

Week 9

Module 8 _ Employee Engagement and Leading Change

Monday 27th November (10am - 12pm)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thursday 30th November (10am - 11am)

Week 10

Module 9 - High Perfomance Workplace

Monday 4th December (10:00am - 12:30pm)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thursday 7th December (10am - 11am)

Week 11- 14


Xmas Break

Week 15

Module 10 - Efficient Operations

Monday 8th January (10am - 12pm)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thursday 11th January (10am-11am)

Week 16

Module 11- Finance and Financial Management

Monday 15th January (10am - 12pm)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Thursday 18th January (10am - 11am)

Week 17

Module 12 - Implementing Growth Plans

Monday 22nd January (10:00am - 12:30)

Facilitated Peer Group Call

Wednesday 24th January (10am - 11am)



Business Eligibility: UK businesses from any sector operating for more than one year and having between 5 to 249 employees are eligible. Please note that charities are not eligible.

Applicant Eligibility: You must be a decision maker or member of the business's senior management team, such as chief executive, finance director, operations director, etc.

If your business employs between 10 and 249 people, two people from the same business can attend the course.