Help to Grow: Significant support for small business leaders

Our partner sponsor for People Power 2021, Northumbria University, are rolling out a new government-subsidised and highly practical management training programme, aimed at supporting SMEs to innovate and drive growth post-Covid, called Help to Grow: Management.

The new Help to Grow: Management programme offers practical management training, plus personalised mentoring, designed to help SMEs innovate and drive growth. The 12-week programme combines online sessions with face-to-face learning and costs just £750 (subsidised by government).

Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, the programme covers a wide range of topics, including financial management, strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams, and approaches to digital adoption. By the end of the programme, participants will develop a tailored growth plan to help their business achieve its full potential and will have access to an extensive alumni network and programme of future events. 

Small Business Minister Paul Scully added: “Seizing opportunity is what being a business leader is all about, and our Help to Grow: Management Scheme gives entrepreneurs the chance to access the very best advice on how to innovate, reach new customers and boost profits. Professor MacIntosh said: “Help to Grow offers significant opportunities for those leading smaller businesses. It is a highly practical programme designed to boost performance, resilience and prospects for growth – and with its track record of excellence in supporting SMEs, Newcastle Business School is ideally placed to deliver the programme in the North East.”

The first Help to Grow: Management cohort at Newcastle Business School will start on 21 September, with a further nine cohort dates planned.

For more information, please see: or to secure a place on the programme, visit and select Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University.

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