On 24th April 2024, the Government launched Help to Grow: Management Essentials, a free online course designed to equip small business leaders with practical advice and resources essential for success.

Small businesses form the backbone of local economies across the UK, playing a pivotal role in driving economic growth and innovation. Recognising their importance, the government has taken a significant step towards empowering small business leaders with the launch of Help to Grow: Management Essentials, a new online training course tailored to meet the needs of SMEs. This short course serves as an introductory version of the comprehensive Help to Grow: Management programme, allowing even more small businesses to access valuable insights and tools to facilitate their growth journey.

Help to Grow: Management Essentials is free, with content divided into three easy-to-access modules consisting of short videos and supporting resources covering the essential business concepts required to unlock growth. Business leaders of newer or smaller SMEs who are keen to explore the fundamentals of business growth and management leaders can access the course through the Help to Grow website. By providing practical tips and resources, this course empowers entrepreneurs to establish a solid foundation before embarking on the full 12-week management programme.

Michael Hayman, MBE, Chair of the Small Business Charter said:

“Designed by the experts at Small Business Charter accredited business schools, the Help to Grow: Management Essentials Course will provide new opportunities for smaller firms to unlock their business potential.”

Enterprise Nation Founder and CEO, Emma Jones CBE, said:

“As a delivery partner on the Help to Grow: Management course, we see the positive impact this initiative has on small business confidence and productivity every day. One thing that stands out is the value that working one-to-one with a matched mentor can have, bringing the lessons learned on the course alive in a very practical setting.”

Registration for the Help to Grow: Management Essentials course can be accessed here.


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