21 March - 3 October 2022

University of Hull Business School

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w/c 21st March, w/c 18th April, w/c 20th June, w/c 3rd October 2022

w/c 16th January and w/c 20th March 2023.

Join 30,000 senior leaders taking part in the Help To Grow Programme, a practical management training programme, developed in collaboration with industry and delivered by world-class business schools, accredited by the Small Business Charter.

The Help To Grow Programme in Hull is designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, this programme will support you to develop your strategic skills with key modules covering financial management, innovation and digital adoption. By the end of the programme, you will develop a tailored business growth plan to lead your business to its full potential.

The Programme

The 12-week programme is designed to be taken alongside full-time work through a combination of online sessions and face-to-face learning. The cost to attend is also 90% funded by the Government.

The in-depth high quality curriculum will support you to build your capabilities in leadership, innovation, digital adoption, employee engagement, marketing, responsible business, and financial management. By the end of the programme you will develop a business growth plan to help you lead your business to release its potential.

The programme consists of:

  • Eight facilitated online 2-hour sessions
  • Four practical and interactive case study workshops
  • One-to-one support from a mentor, providing you with personalised support to develop your business growth plan
  • Peer networking, including peer group calls that give you the opportunity to share experiences with a small group of other small business leaders
  • Access to the Alumni Programme featuring events with inspirational speakers, business clinics and networking events

Funding & Fees

The programme is 90% subsidised by the UK Government, which means learners/business only need to pay 10% of the programme cost – this brings the cost to £750 per learner.

How it's delivered

Scheduled Delivery

Online Workshops (Webinars) – total 16 hours

– Mix of presentations and interactive elements

– Two hours in length – Run by facilitator with subject expert speaker

– Whole cohort together, split at times into breakout groups  

Peer Group Calls – total 8 hours

– With your Peer Group of approx. 5 people and the facilitator

– One hour in length

– Based on the topics and exercises of the week

– Opportunity to hear other business perspectives and share the experiences and challenges of your business  

Case Study Workshops – total 16 hours

– In-person sessions with the whole cohort

– Four hours in length

– Learn through the real experiences of an SME

– Discuss the application of concepts and ideas in your business

Additional Support

One-to-one Support – 10 hours

– Flexible one-to-one sessions with a business mentor

– Discuss and tackle your business challenges

– Get support developing your Growth Action Plan

– Mix of in-person and online  

Exercises and Resources on the Learning Platform (VLE)

– Exercises to help you apply the programme concepts to your business

– Tools and templates you can work on with colleagues to share what you are learning

– In-depth resources and links to further support  

Your Growth Action Plan

– Individual to each business

– Use the templates and guidance on the VLE to work on this throughout the programme

– Develop an organised set of actions and a plan on a page to share in the business

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