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Help to Grow Management Course

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Fully-subsidised Help to Grow management training

Is your business struggling with the cost of management training?

Help to Grow: Management is an executive development leadership and management course designed to help you grow your business. The project is part-funded by the UK Government, with the remaining 10% paid by participating businesses as a one-off upfront fee of £750.

In order to help businesses most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, East Midlands Chamber is subsidising the £750 training fee for 100 eligible businesses.

The result? Businesses receive a fully-funded, 12-week executive development leadership and management course designed to accelerate growth.

Why participate?

Help to Grow management training courses will help your business:

  • enhance the ability of your senior staff to lead growth;
  • boost productivity;
  • learn how to innovate;
  • build resilience to future shocks; and 
  • produce a growth plan to allow your business to fulfil its potential.

How does it work?

Designed to be undertaken alongside full-time work, the time commitment is 50 hours over 12 weeks. Help to Grow: Management is a small investment that can play a big part in securing the future of your business.

The programme uses a combination of online and face-to-face sessions alongside case study workshops to give you the opportunity to apply the concepts being taught to real-life situations.

By the end of the course, you will have developed a tailored Growth Action Plan to help you lead and develop your business with the aim of realising its full potential. You’ll be supported through the programme by your own mentor, and will have the opportunity to learn from peers in other businesses.

Forthcoming dates

  • University of Derby, Derby Business School: Onboarding 26 May (online and Buxton)
  • University of Nottingham, Business School: Onboarding 20 June (online and Nottingham)
  • Nottingham Trent University Business School: Onboarding 29 June (online and Nottingham)

Who can apply  (*Please also see note below)

Eligible businesses must:

  • be based in Bassetlaw, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, Leicester City, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, or Nottingham City;
  • employ between 5 and 249 people; and
  • have been operational for at least a year.

The person participating in the training must be a decision-maker or member of your senior management team.

Charities are not eligible on this occasion.

Who delivers the training?

The Help to Grow: Management course in the East Midlands is delivered by participating business schools that have been accredited by the Small Business Charter, an award which recognises the high quality, tailored guidance they provide to support small businesses and their local economy.

They include:

  • Leicester Castle Business School
  • Nottingham Business School
  • Nottingham University Business School
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Derby

Most of the training will be delivered online. You may choose whichever course and training provider is most convenient to you, regardless of where you are based.

Upcoming course dates are listed here.

How to apply

Applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register your interest by completing the application form here.

If approved, payment evidence must be sent to the Chamber prior to starting the course and will be repaid within five days of receipt. Claim documentation will be provided.

Your commitment

In return for the Chamber’s financial contribution, we ask for your commitment to: attend the full 12-week course; provide a copy of the Growth Action Plan to the Chamber within four weeks of completing the course; and take part in any evaluation of the Programme by the Chamber.

Please contact Vicki Thompson at for further information.

Please Note*

This support must create at least one permanent paid job and/or safeguard a job that’s at risk.

A new, permanent, paid, full-time equivalent (FTE) job created following support.

This includes both part-time and full-time jobs, which should be recorded relative to full-time equivalent (FTE). FTE should be based on the standard full-time hours of the employer.

  • New means it should not have existed with that employer before the intervention.
  • Permanent means it should have an intended life expectancy of at least 12 months from the point at which it is created.

Safeguard a permanent and paid job at risk prior to when support was provided, and which the support will help the business to retain.

  • This includes sole traders and business owners.
  • This includes both part-time and full-time jobs, which should be recorded relative to full-time equivalent (FTE).
  • FTE should be based on the standard full-time hours of the employer.
  • At risk is defined as being forecast to be lost within 6 months.