In October and November 2012 the University of Kent’s Business School delivered a series of taster workshops across Kent for over 50 ambitious owner-managers of Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Through these workshops, attendees heard about the ten characteristics of successful SMEs (known as ‘The BIG Ten’) and applied these characteristics to their own businesses through action learning with other like-minded business owners:
‘I was pleased to establish that I was not the only individual that is struggling with the workload and mountain of objectives, and I came away feeling a lot more positive and that I was not alone’.
Jacquie Agnew, Owner-Manager, Frock-a-licious Ltd
The workshops also provided a unique opportunity to learn about Kent Business School’s Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) Journey, the only research-led growth programme for ambitious owner-managers in the UK. This programme has been designed to help business owner and managers realise a better future for themselves and their business.
The Kent Business School has already helped over 500 owner-managers achieve their aspirations for sustained profitable growth and these workshops were an opportunity to further share the School’s business growth knowledge and expertise. These workshops are informed by the Promoting Sustainable Performance programme; an ongoing rigorous research programme with SMEs across the region led by the Centre for Employment, Competitiveness and Growth at the Kent Business School.
To find out more please visit our website or contact Dr Simon Raby, Head of SME Partnerships by email S.O.Raby@kent.ac.uk