Help to Grow: Management is a 12-week practical management training course for senior managers of small and medium-sized business (SMEs), designed to help grow your business.

Facilitated by small business experts from the Bristol Business School at UWE Bristol, the course considers strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams, digital adoption, and financial management.

The course is 90% subsidised by the government and costs just £750 – register now in just a few minutes.

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Course overview

The Help to Grow: Management Course is designed to be taken alongside full-time work, with a time commitment of 50 hours over 12 weeks. 

Course features 

  • Eight facilitated, online sessions, lasting two hours. 
  • Four practical, face-to-face case study workshops.  
  • Ten hours of one-to-one support from an experienced business mentor to develop your business growth plan. 
  • Peer networking, including peer group calls to share experiences with other small business leaders. 
  • Alumni Network, offering masterclasses, business clinics and networking events.
  • A tailor-made growth action plan.

Course modules

For detailed course information, download the Help to Grow: Management course brochure (PDF).

Part 1: Strategies for Growth and Innovation

This module focuses on what your business does and how you want it to develop in the future. 

We look at your business’s strengths and core capabilities, your opportunities, and your current and potential markets, and how innovation, digital adoption and new market penetration can be key drivers of productivity and growth. 


  1. Strategy and Innovation – online 
  2. Digital Transformation – online 
  3. Winning New Markets – in person

Part 2: Engaging with Customers

This section focusses on why you do what you do, how you connect with your customers and how you effectively convey your values and purpose in your brand. 

We look at building demand, segmenting your markets, and achieving a targeted and strategic approach to marketing. 


  1. Vision, Mission and Values – online
  2. Developing a Marketing Strategy – online
  3. Building a Brand Case Study – in person

Part 3: Building a Sustainable and Agile Business

This section focuses on creating a suitable organisational structure to deliver your goals, and adopting good practice in the leadership and management of teams. 

We look at leading people through change and supporting the wellbeing of staff, as well as developing your people and introducing agile ways of working. 


  1. Organisational Design – online 
  2. Employee Engagement and Leading Change – online 
  3. High Performance Workplace Case Study – in person 

Part 4: Operations and Financial Strategies

This section focuses on what happens in the business to create outputs, how you monitor progress and use information to inform decision making. 

We look at a strategic approach to operations, financial management and options to finance growth, and how everything comes together in the implementation of your growth action plan. 


  1. Effective Operations – online
  2. Finance and Financial Management – online
  3. Implementing Growth Plans Case Study – in person


The course is designed for senior decision makers, such as chief executives, finance directors or operations directors.

Your business must:

  • be a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) based in Gloucestershire, North Devon, North Somerset, Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire, West of England Combined Authority area (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire)
  • employ between 5 and 249 people (if your business employs 10 to 249 people, you can send up to two participants on the course)
  • have been operational for at least one year
  • not be a charity.


Register now

The following courses for 2024 are available to book – it only takes a few minutes. Once registered, you will receive a link to make payment via UWE Bristol's secure Online Store within two working days.

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Bristol 17 September 2024

Online webinars and four face-to-face case study sessions held at Bristol Business School, Frenchay Campus.

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Taunton 18 November 2024

Online webinars and four face-to-face case study sessions held at Taunton Racecourse and Conference Centre, Taunton, Somerset.

Register interest in future courses

Register your interest via the enquiry form and we will contact you when new course dates for 2024/25 are released.

Make an enquiry

Meet Ross, Managing Director of Bear Industrial Engineering Ltd

Find out how the Help To Grow: Management Course has enhanced Ross's understanding and application of business concepts to grow his business.

What do participants say about the course?

"It was a busy 12 weeks with a fair few late nights but I came away with incredible new skills, experiences and a solid plan to guide us on our next phase of growth at Systemagic Ltd."

Fiona Major, Operations Director, Systemagic Ltd


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