School of Business

Help to Grow: Management Course

Welcome to Help to Grow: Management with the University of Leicester School of Business.  We would love to hear from you if you would like to discuss the course and how it can benefit you and your business. 

The Help to Grow: Management course is a unique opportunity for professional growth, business development and collaborative learning.

Whether you are new to management or have significant experience, the course provides practical, real-world support enabling you to benefit from the latest and most impactful academic thinking.

Developed by subject specialists and industry experts across the UK and delivered by highly qualified academics, facilitators and business mentors, the course brings SME decision markers together to deliver business growth with a focus on productivity, sustainability and resilience.

Delivered by Small Business Charter accredited business schools, Help to Grow: Management is 90% government-funded and is delivered over 12 weeks (4-5 hours a week) combining the flexibility of online sessions with the benefits of four face-to-face case study workshops.

Key benefits to you and your business

  • Enhance your management and strategic capabilities
  • Learn how to innovate in your business
  • Adopt digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility
  • Develop your value proposition and reach into new markets
  • Improve employee engagement and responsible business practices
  • Build business resilience
  • Network and learn alongside business leaders from a range of different sectors
  • Develop a Growth Action Plan to drive your business forward.

The course covers key areas of leadership including:

  • Strategy and innovation
  • Growing national and international markets
  • Leading for high performance
  • Building vision and brand
  • Engaging and inspiring teams
  • Creating customer value
  • Adopting digital technology
  • Adopting responsible business practices
  • Financial management

Take a look at feedback from participants who have recently completed the programme

Course delivery

  • 8 two-hour webinars
  • 4 half-day face-to-face case study workshops*
  • 1-1 mentoring providing tailored support to develop your business growth plan
  • Peer networking, including peer groups calls that allow you to share your experiences and build networks with fellow business leaders
  • 24-hour access to online course materials
  • Access to the Help to Grow: Management alumni programme and networking events

* All aspects of the course are delivered flexibly online with the exception of the four case study workshops.


Help to Grow: Management is for managers involved in shaping the direction of small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs) with 5-249 employees.  The business must be UK-based and have been in operation for at least one year.  The course is not currently available to charities.

For businesses with 5-9 employees one person is eligible to join the course whereas for businesses with 10-249 employees, up to two people can benefit.  Participants should have line management responsibility for at least one other person.

Start dates and registration

The University of Leicester School of Business is delivering the course in both the East Midlands and East of England.  Please click on your preferred start date below to review the full course schedule and register.


East Midlands               

East of England                  

Face-to-face sessions will take place at the University of Leicester School of Business Face-to-face sessions will take place in Cambridge.

To guarantee your place we recommend registering at least two weeks before the start date, however, we will accommodate later registrations whenever possible.

Please note that start dates are available every 2-3 months.  We would recommend following our LinkedIn page to receive updates as future start dates are published.


The course is 90% government-funded leaving a cost of £750 per participant.  Please note that following registration we will be in touch regarding this payment.

Next steps

You may also be interested in other business services provided by the University of Leicester School of Business and can download our business services brochure below.

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