Help to Grow Management Programme returns for a fourth year with 3 new cohorts confirmed for 2024

Categories: Salford Business School

If you’re a small to medium enterprise (SME), you might be struggling with the challenge of scaling your business up in a competitive economy. For some lucky businesses, tailored support is on the way in 2024.

Help to Grow cohort 2023

Salford Business School are once again offering the government-backed Help to Grow programme, with three cohorts already confirmed for this year. Designed to help existing businesses to make the move into expansion, the programme features workshops delivered by experts within the School, with tailored support to help each business owner to manage scaling ambitions. The programme is open to all businesses across any industry, with participants all leaving the course with an individual growth action plan which they can implement independently.

The first cohort of 2024 will begin the programme in April, with the programme lasting 12 weeks in total. The workshops will be held face-to-face at Salford Business School, on the University of Salford’s Peel Park campus.

90% funded by the government, the total cost for an individual taking part in the programme is just £750, making it accessible to SMEs across the North West region and beyond.

Catherine Whelan, Founder and CEO of Wellness and Beauty for All, is an alumni of a previous cohort on the Help to Grow programme.

“The Help to Grow programme was a surprise for me, because I didn’t even know support like this existed,” Catherine said. “It made me realise the gaps that I had in my knowledge and in my leadership. With the tools that Help to Grow has given me I can continue to build my business. For example, our marketing strategy has always relied on word-of-mouth in the past, but I am now equipped with the skills needed to expand this and grow our client base further.”

The Help to Grow programme forms part of a new offering from Salford Business School’s Centre for Sustainable Innovation, which offers businesses a chance to partner with the University to access expert advice around key areas such as sustainability, digital innovation and change management.

Dr Ann Mulhaney, Associate Professor at the Centre for Sustainable Innovation, commented: “I’m delighted to be able to offer the Help to Grow programme here in Salford once again this year. It’s an opportunity not just to access specialist advice and build a growth mindset for your business, but also a chance to connect with likeminded businesspeople. The five face-to-face sessions provide an fantastic opportunity for building connections with people from a whole range of different industries. It’s just one way we continue to support the Salford community and the wider North West business landscape through our new Centre for Sustainable Innovation.”

Find out more about the Help to Grow programme in Salford, or register your interest for the next available cohort.

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