Help to Grow

Take your business to the next level with Help to Grow.

Join other senior leaders taking part in a practical management training programme delivered by LUMS and other world-class business schools, accredited by the Small Business Charter. Develop your strategic leadership skills, and boost your business's long-term growth.

Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, this programme will support you to develop your strategic skills with key modules covering financial management, innovation and digital adoption. By the end of the programme, you will develop a tailored business growth plan to lead your business to its full potential.

What is Help to Grow: Management?

The programme consists of:

  • Eight facilitated online 2-hour sessions followed by an hour peer group call building on the session discussion with the opportunity to share experiences in a small group with other small business leaders participants (the online session typically occurs on Monday or Tuesday followed by the peer calls on Thursday or Friday)
  • Four face-to-face practical and interactive case study workshops held on our Lancaster campus that occur every third week of the programme (typically in the afternoon from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
  • One-to-one support from a mentor, providing you with personalised support to develop your business growth plan from module 3 onwards (up to 10 hours in total)
  • Access to the Alumni Programme featuring events with inspirational speakers, business clinics and networking events

A group of 20 world-class UK business schools created the practical curriculum for this programme. Over the 12 weeks, you’ll explore the following key areas:

  • 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

When does the programme start?

Our first cohorts are already underway or complete.

The next cohorts start on:

  • 14 September 2022

Find out more and register for the programme for September 2022 and we'll be in touch with more details.

Who can take part?

To join Help to Grow: Management, your business must:

  • Be a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) based in the United Kingdom
  • 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: Management, the applicant must:

  • Be a decision-maker or member of the senior management team within the business, such as Chief Executive, Finance Director, Operations Director etc
  • Commit to completing all sessions

Dr Jekaterina Rindt describes the benefits of Help to Grow for businesses taking part in the programme.

Meet your facilitators

Louise Buck and Richard Baguley are facilitators on the Help to Grow Management programme at Lancaster University Management School.

Throughout Help to Grow, they attend sessions with business leaders, building on the academic sessions with their own expertise, and helping delegates make the most of the programme.

Meet your facilitators

Case studies

Care home owner gains valuable support from Help to Grow

Kamal, a South Cumbria care home owner, found much-needed support for his business through the Help to Grow Management Programme at LUMS.

Kamal's case study
A group of participants at a workshop

Help to Grow brings new energy to engineering firm

Sam found new knowledge and developed valuable skills alongside managers and senior figures from companies based throughout the North West as part of the LUMS's first Help to Grow cohort.

Sam's case study

Bright Idea for Liverpool marketing boss to take Help to Grow programme

Nahim discovered a renewed energy to take his Liverpool based marketing agency to new heights as part of the first cohort on the Help to Grow Management Programme.

Nahim's case study
A smartly dressed man

Help to Grow provides Wynne-ing formula

Simon Wynne, MD of Farrington-based technology sector search recruitment firm Wynne Consulting, reflects on the benefits to his firm of taking part in Help to Grow.

Simon's case study