The Government have launched a Help to Grow campaign, targeted at small and medium sized businesses, to support business leaders to grow their organisations.
Help to Grow: Management programme
As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, Help to Grow Management courses will help senior leaders of small and medium businesses to lead their businesses to their full potential.
Help to Grow: Management is a 12 week programme delivered by leading business schools across the UK. The programme combines a practical curriculum, with 1:1 support from a business mentor, peer-learning sessions and access to an alumni network.
Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, this programme supports small business leaders to develop their strategic skills with key modules covering financial management, innovation and digital adoption. By the end of the programme participants will develop a tailored business growth plan to lead their business to its full potential.
30,000 places will be available over 3 years. The programme is 90% subsidised by government – participants will be charged £750.
Help to Grow: Digital.
The Government are working to deliver free impartial advice on how technology can boost company performance, this will be delivered through a new online platform launching this Autumn.
Eligible businesses can also claim a discount of up to 50% on the costs of approved software, worth up to £5,000. Vouchers are initially expected to be available for software that helps businesses:
- build customer relationships and increase sales
- make the most of selling online
- manage their accounts and finances digitally
Who is it for? All businesses will be able to benefit from free online advice on the platform.
The voucher is expected to be available to UK business that:
- employ between 5 and 249 employees and are registered at Companies House
- have been trading for more than 12 months
- are purchasing the discounted software for the first time
Full details on the businesses and software eligible for the voucher will be published this summer.