Help to Grow


NEW – More employees now eligible for Help to Grow scheme

The Help to Grow: Management programme now enables businesses with ten or more employees to have up to two participants join the scheme, where previously businesses could only have one participant on the scheme. In addition, previous participants on the Small Business Leadership Programme will also now be eligible to join the scheme.

Help to Grow: Management offers business leaders 50 hours of leadership and management training across 12 weeks, and now includes mentoring from the likes of Santander, Google and award-winning mentor Herman Stewart.

Help to Grow: Management is delivered by Sheffield Business School, which is accredited by the Small Business Charter. The programme is 90% funded by the Government and has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside full-time work.

This executive development programme is designed to support SMEs to boost their business performance and growth potential. Small business leaders will develop their strategic skills to increase their business’s long-term productivity, resilience and capacity to innovate.

Delivered by development consultants and business and enterprise experts, this practical programme takes place over 3-months and will include both online and face-to-face sessions, alongside peer support and 1 to 1 mentoring.

The curriculum covers key areas of leadership including:

  • 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

At the end of the programme you will have developed a growth plan for your organisation to help achieve your long-term vision and strategic goals.

The next on boarding is 13 September 2022.

Register your place or find out more here.


This scheme provides small and medium-sized businesses with free on line advice on how technology can boost their performance. In addition, eligible businesses may also be able to access funding worth up to £5,000 to cover the cost of new, approved software to help them to go digital.

Find out more about the scheme