Help to Grow

Take your business to the next level with Help to Grow. A government backed programme designed to help you learn new skills, reach more customers and boost your profits.

Help to Grow will support senior managers of small and medium sized businesses to boost their business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

Join us for the next start date on September 5

Programme Overview

Facilitated by Salford Business School, this practical programme takes place over 3-months and will include both online and face-to-face sessions, alongside peer support and mentoring.

The programme is built around a practical curriculum which features:

  • Eight facilitated online 2-hour sessions
  • Four practical, face-to-face 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
Learn more about our Help to Grow programme
Course modules for cohort 10 – September 5 start

Module 1 - Strategy and Innovation

Monday 5th September 2022, 9:30am-11:30am

Module 2 - Digital Adoption


Monday 12th September 2022, 9:30am-11:30am

Module 3 - Internationalisation and Winning New Markets - Case Study

Monday 19th September 2022, 9:00am-1:00pm

Module 4 - Vision, Mission and Values


Monday 26th September 2022, 9:30am-11:30am

Module 5 - Developing a Marketing Strategy


Monday 3rd October 2022, 9:30am-11:30am

Module 6 - Building a Brand Case Study


Monday 10th October 2022, 9:00am-1:00pm

Module 7 - Organisational Design

Monday 24th October 2022, 9:30am-11:30am


Module 8 - Employee Engagement and Leading Change

Monday 31st October 2022, 9:30am-11:30am

Module 9 - High Performance Workplace - Case Study


Monday 7th November 2022, 9:00am-1:00pm

Module 10 - Efficient Operations

Monday 14th November 2022, 9:30am-11:30am

Module 11 - Finance and Financial Management


Monday 21st November 2022, 9:30am-11:30am

Module 12 - Implementing Growth Plans - Case Study


Monday 28th November 2022, 9:00am-1:00pm



Learn how to innovate in your business and enhance your management and strategic capabilities


Produce a growth plan for your business and build resilience to future shocks


Adopt digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility


Develop your value proposition and reach into growth markets


Improve employee engagement and responsible business practices


A blended programme that combines interactive, online sessions with face-to-face learning to suit you

Past Participants


We have participants join us from various industries. Take a look at the top sectors sending their employees to learn and grow from this programme. 

Construction 18%
Other services sector  18%
Education 12%
Information and communication 11%
Professional, scientific and technical activities 9%
Accommodation and food services 8%
Motor vehicles and motorcycles 8%
Manufacturing  7%
Arts, entertainment and recreation  6%
Transportation and storage 5%


Hear from our graduates

Jeremy Elson

"As a direct result of the course I’m reviewing our mission statement and putting together a roadmap around introducing new technology and improving the business culture"

"I’ve been in business for 21 years and I’m still learning lots. It’s been good value for money for sure.” - Jeremy Elson, Managing Director of Burton Safes Ltd

Susan Witterick, Director of dBx Acoustics Ltd:

"I've come out of it with a growth plan and have started implementing changes already which will help the company for years to come.

"It’s been thought-provoking and motivating - I’ve already recommended it to lots of people. It is absolutely value for money and it’s now on me to now sit down and implement it.” - Susan Witterick, Director of dBx Acoustics Ltd


To join Help to Grow, your business must:

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

To join Help to Grow, the applicant must:

  • Be a senior decision maker, such as Chief Executive, Finance Director, Operations Director, etc. (Please note, only one person per business can attend the programme)
  • Commit to completing all sessions