The Help to Grow programme was announced by the Chancellor at the recent Budget and is a practical management training programme delivered by world-class business schools, accredited by the Small Business Charter.  The aim is for the 35 UK schools with Small Business Charter status to run 320 Help to Grow programmes up to March next year.The 12-week programme is 90% funded by the Government and has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside full-time work.


  • Enhance your ability to lead the growth of your business
  • Produce a growth plan to achieve your business’s potential
  • Delivered by leading business schools in collaboration with industry

Help to Grow is a part-time course with eight two-hour online teaching sessions supporting 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. There will be four classroom sessions using the MBA teaching method of analysing real life case studies, one-to-one mentoring support to develop a personalised business plan and peer group calls to share challenges with fellow owner managers.


In order to join the programme, your business must be:

  • Be a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) based in the United Kingdom.
  • From any business sector, employing between 5 and 249 people.
  • Have been operational for at least one year.
  • Not be a charity.

And the applicant must:

  • Be a decision maker or member of the senior management team within the business, such as Chief Executive, Finance Director, Operations Director etc.
  • Commit to completing all sessions.

Commenting on the programme, WeDO member Professor John Anderson said:

“At , we are very excited to be delivering Help to Grow in Scotland and, having worked with colleagues in other Small Business Charter business schools across the UK in its design, I know that it will provide an excellent opportunity for the leaders of SMEs in Scotland to develop themselves and their businesses.

This is not a simply a training course but an opportunity to work with business schools with a proven track record of helping SMEs to grow and which are experts in delivering practical programmes with real impact. Over 12 weeks, and at a heavily subsidised £750 per participant, Help to Grow provides a great value and accessible first step in leadership education for owners.

It is a great addition to our portfolio of practical, accessible and relevant programmes for ambitious growth companies which includes Productivity through People and the ScaleUp Institute endorsed Growth Advantage Programme, which has help over 80 business owners grow their businesses since 2015.”


The programme is 90% funded by the UK Government. The fee payable by participants is £750.


The first Help to Grow cohort at Strathclyde Business School is scheduled to start on Wednesday 25th August and you can find out more about the course modules and dates, as well as apply by clicking HERE.

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