Oxford Brookes Business School

Help to Grow

  • Through Help to Grow: Management, small businesses will be able to access a 12-week programme delivered by leading business schools across the UK. The programme will combine a practical curriculum, with one-to-one support from a business mentor, peer-learning sessions and an alumni network.

    Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, this programme will support 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 three years. The programme is 90% subsidised by the government - participants will be charged £750.

    Who is it for?

    • UK businesses from any sector that have been operating for more than one year and have between five to 249 employees are eligible.
    • The individual participant should be a decision maker or member of the senior management team within the business e.g. Chief Executive, Finance Director, etc.
    • Charities are not eligible.

    Register your interest

    Help to Grow is a national scheme, and expressions of interest can be registered centrally:

    Register your interest and get further information about the scheme »

    Brookes hopes to be able to start its own cohorts on this programme in the Autumn.

    To keep informed about our progress towards this, please email us directly: OBBS-ExternalEngagement@brookes.ac.uk

    The programme will include both online and face-to-face sessions, alongside peer support and mentoring.

    Built around a practical curriculum

    The programme is built around a practical curriculum which features:

    • Eight facilitated two-hour online sessions
    • Four practical and interactive case study workshops
    • One-to-one support from a mentor, providing you with personalised support to develop your business growth plan
    • Peer networking, including peer group calls that give you the opportunity to share experiences with a small group of other small business leaders
    • Access to the Alumni Programme featuring events with inspirational speakers, business clinics and networking events.

    Key areas of leadership

    The programme will cover 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
  • Contact us

    We'd love to talk to you

    tel: +44 (0)1865 48 57 97
    OBBS-ExternalEngagement@brookes.ac.uk