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
    • 16 Sep - 18 Dec 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.

Module dates

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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


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.