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.

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
Course Modules

Module 1 - Strategy and Innovation


Tuesday 4th January 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Module 2 - Digital Adoption

Tuesday 11th January 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Module 3 - Internationalisation and Winning New Markets - Case Study

Tuesday 18th January 2022, 1:30pm-5:30pm

Module 4 - Vision, Mission and Values

Tuesday 25th January 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Module 5 - Developing a Marketing Strategy

Tuesday 1st February 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Module 6 - Building a Brand Case Study

Tuesday 8th February 2022, 1:30pm-5:30pm

Module 7 - Organisational Design

Tuesday 22nd February 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm


Module 8 - Employee Engagement and Leading Change

Tuesday 1st March 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Module 9 - High Performance Workplace - Case Study

Tuesday 8th March 2022, 1:30pm-5:30pm

Module 10 - Efficient Operations

Tuesday 15th March 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Module 11 - Finance and Financial Management

Tuesday 22nd March 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Module 12 - Implementing Growth Plans - Case Study

Tuesday 29th March 2022, 1:30pm-5:30pm



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


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