Help to Grow: Management Course

Looking to 2024 and beyond and wanting to learn new skills, boost profits, and improve business performance, resilience, and long-term growth?

Published in Norfolk Director Magazine Winter 2023|24

Resilience & Growth: Norwich Business School

Then kickstart your personal and business development plans by joining the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Help to Grow: Management course with Norwich Business School.

Led by UEA academics, the course equips your business with tools and strategies to bolster your resilience. It also provides an environment where you can discuss and learn from other business leaders on a proven programme, covering topics in a structured, time-efficient blended style, rather than being taken away from the business.

Help to Grow: Management is a nationwide course which has become established in the region, and as a member of the Small Business Charter, Norwich Business School is delighted to offer applications for its fourth cohort starting on 6th March 2024.

The course supports managers and leaders of SMEs with 5-249 employees. Those with 10+ employees may apply for two places. The 12-week programme is designed to fit alongside full-time work commitments and is 90% funded by the Government, meaning the fee payable by participants is £750.

Blended learning

The blended learning programme is structured across 50 hours with 12 scheduled teaching sessions, delivered as interactive webinars and face-to-face case study workshops on UEA campus. Participants also benefit from Peer-to-Peer online sessions and networking in small groups with the course director, as well as one-to-one sessions with a business mentor ensuring further support tailored to your business and particular issues.

The course is designed for business owners, CEOs and tomorrow’s senior business leaders, who each bring a diversity of experience. 50+ regional businesses from a wide range of sectors including science and technology, electronics and aviation, social enterprise, retail, and logistics have participated to date.

Working with business

Importantly, the course curriculum has been created alongside business leaders and industry experts with expertise in growing businesses. Participants will enhance their management and strategic capabilities, learn how to innovate in their business, and adopt digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility. They will also graduate with a ‘Growth Action Plan’, bespoke to their business and, via the alumni programme, will continue to benefit from ongoing learning and networking opportunities.

Jordon King, Head of Business Development at Delta Fire Ltd, was part of the course’s first cohort. He said, “The help to grow course has been a great opportunity to network with other businesses, whilst learning from enthusiastic leading academics. Throughout the course I have had the opportunity to hear how other businesses have overcome challenges faced when growing and had feedback on our own growth plan from both other businesses, and the tutors.

“The course has also been a good insight to what studying at the UEA full-time is like, which was particularly useful for me as I decided to start the Executive MBA programme at the UEA in September this year. I highly recommend anyone thinking about taking the course to go for it. It will be an investment well made.”

Get in touch

To reserve a place and let the programme and Norwich Business School help grow your business,

Or visit the Help to Grow website at              

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