Benefit from 90% funded ‘Help to Grow’ opportunity with government-backed training course

By Anita Jaynes on 16 January, 2023

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There are places still available on UWE Bristol’s Help to Grow: Management Course which takes place this March. Now in its second year, over 120 SME leaders have completed the course so far. Delivered in collaboration with industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs, the course enhances leadership and management skills, helping to drive growth in the region.

Launched in 2021, the Help to Grow: Management course has been created to provide the management tools needed to help talented business leaders innovate and grow their business. Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, the 12-week course includes modules that cover financial management, digital adoption, leading high-performance teams, and responsible business practices.

Having held the Small Business Charter accreditation since 2015, UWE Bristol Business School is proud to be delivering the course across the South West, building on the university’s proven track record in working with, supporting and developing businesses in the region. With four cohorts already underway in the second year of delivery, UWE Bristol looks forward to welcoming more SME leaders to the course in 2023.

  • Develop a tailored business growth plan 
  • Access to 10 hours of one-to-one mentor support 
  • Regular peer group calls
  • Join other SME leaders through both local and national alumni networks.  

Wiltshire based business owner, Mark West, CEO of FUNdays Club Limited and FDC Training Consultancy, completed the course with UWE Bristol in 2022. Reflecting on his time on the course, Mark said: “It’s a great programme…there’s a framework and a tool for everything you need. If you’ve got a problem, then there’s something you can pull from, a module you can pull from, a framework you can pull from. On top of that, you’ve got a network of business owners you can talk to, either in session or one-to-one.”

When asked if any changes had been made since completing the programme, Mark commented: “A couple of changes, the main one is the financial management systems…We’ve now got a financial management system that works and we can foresee way ahead and actually budget for bigger ventures and expansion and see where the money goes and reduce expenses where they’re not needed.”

Alongside the twelve modules, business leaders on the programme benefit from regular peer group calls, have access to 10 hours of one-to-one mentor support, and will be able to join other SME leaders through both local and national alumni networks.

Mark continued with: “The sharing between our businesses and peer groups were really good. We all still meet up both socially and for business purposes, and that continued sharing of knowledge is fantastic…you meet friends and other professionals beyond just the learning experience”.

Upon completion of the course, participants will have developed a tailored business growth plan that sets out to drive productivity and revenue growth. 

Help to Grow: Management is 90% subsidised by the government, meaning it costs just £750 for business leaders. Mark West added: “It’s great value for money… it’s a no brainer. I couldn’t believe it cost what it cost”.

If you’d like to benefit from this exciting course, spaces are still available on UWE Bristol’s Trowbridge and Bristol cohorts, which start in March 2023. To find out more about the programme, visit UWE Bristol’s website or contact the team on