Help to Grow: Management

Help to Grow: Management is a 12-week practical management training programme designed to support senior managers of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to boost performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

Facilitated by small business experts from the Bristol Business School at UWE Bristol, Help to Grow: Management offers short, focused sessions to allow you to complete the course alongside running your business. The programme combines online sessions with face-to-face learning, alongside peer support and mentoring.

Help to Grow: Management is 90% subsidised by the Government. Participants pay a £750 fee.

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Practical curriculum

The curriculum features:

  • eight facilitated sessions, each one lasting two hours and delivered online
  • four practical, face-to-face case study workshops
  • ten hours of one-to-one support from a mentor with experience of running a business, providing you with personalised support to develop your own business growth plan
  • 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.

Key areas of leadership featured

  • Strategy and innovation
  • Digital adoption
  • Internationalisation and winning new markets
  • Building a brand
  • Developing a marketing strategy
  • Vision, mission and values
  • Organisational design
  • Employee engagement and leading change
  • High performance workplace
  • Implementing growth plans
  • Finance and financial management
  • Efficient operations

If you would like further information of the Help to Grow: Management Course, please see the programme brochure (PDF).


Your business must:

  • be a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) based in the United Kingdom
  • be from any business sector, employing between 5 and 249 people
  • have been operational for at least one year
  • not be a charity.

You must be a senior decision maker, such as Chief Executive, Finance Director or Operations Director. Please note that only one person per business can attend the programme.

How to take part

UWE Bristol will deliver Help to Grow: Management programmes in the South West of England. Our courses are aimed at businesses in the following areas:

  • South West ‘North’, comprising: Gloucestershire; Swindon and Wiltshire; North Somerset and the West of England Combined Authority area (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire)
  • South West Peninsula: Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset 

Registrations are now complete for our current courses. We are currently planning our year two schedule with courses starting in September 2022 across the South West. Details will be available soon.

To register your interest in Help to Grow: Management, please visit our enquiry page.

Help to Grow enquiries

When registration opens for year two of the programme, we will send you further details about the registration process. Once registered, you will be sent a link to make payment via UWE Bristol's secure Online Store (please note this may take up to two working days). 90% of the cost is funded by the Government and the remaining cost to businesses is only £750.

You can find out more about the programme on the Small Business Charter website.  

You can also contact the Help to Grow team at

Become a Help to Grow mentor

Use your skills and experience to mentor the Help to Grow: Management programme participants and join the network of SME leaders and senior decision makers. The Help to Grow programme provides ten hours of mentoring to each participant, to help them develop and lead their strategies for growth. We are looking for mentors who can support the UK’s SME leaders to grow their businesses.


Using your in-depth understanding of the barriers SMEs face in achieving their growth potential, you will:

  • build trust and help participants improve their leadership skills to drive change within their business
  • guide the participant to realise their business's growth potential by exploring all the avenues open to them
  • support participants to develop a robust, actionable growth plan and provide guidance on implementation.

Download the full mentor person specification (PDF) on the Small Business Charter website.

For further information on Help to Grow mentoring, contact Lynda Williams at

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