Help to Grow
Help to Grow: Management
Businesses in the West Midlands can join 30,000 senior business leaders in a practical management training programme delivered by leading business schools across the UK. The scheme is designed to provide the management tools needed to help our talented business leaders innovate and grow their business, driving our economic recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19).
Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, modules cover financial management, strategies for growth and innovation, leading a high-performance workplace and digital adoption. By the end of the programme you will develop a tailored business growth plan to help lead your business to its full potential with access to mentoring and an alumni network.
The 12-week programme is 90% subsidised by the government as part of its Plan for Jobs to help businesses to drive growth and protect jobs, and is aimed at senior leaders of small and medium businesses.
Applications are open now to join the programme at a number of West Midlands business schools, including Birmingham University, Coventry University, Staffordshire Business School, and Aston Business School.
Help to Grow: Digital
Eligible businesses can now claim a financial discount covering up to 50% of the costs of approved digital technology up to a maximum of £5,000.
Many businesses have had to diversify and adapt how they do business during the pandemic in order to survive. Help to Grow: Digital will help businesses build on these new ways of working so they can bounce back better.
The support businesses will receive through Help to Grow: Digital will also help them to plan for the future, ensure they are being innovative in how they do business, and give them the best chance to compete and grow.
All businesses can benefit from the free online support on the platform and the financial discount is available for software that helps businesses:
- build customer relationships and increase sales (CRM software)
- manage their accounts and finances digitally (Digital Accounting software)
Additional software products, including e-Commerce software, are expected to become available for Help to Grow: Digital discounts soon.
The financial discount is available to eligible UK business, namely those:
- Based in the United Kingdom, registered with Companies House or a registered society on the Financial Conduct Authorities Mutuals Register.
- From any business sector, employing between 5 and 249 people.
- Actively trading for over 12 months, and have an incorporation date of, at least, 365 days prior to application.
- Purchasing the approved software for the first time.