Kent Business School will support SMEs in Kent a share of £520million funding offered by Rishi Sunak as part of the government’s Help to Grow scheme.
Help to Grow is the Government’s flagship business recovery programme announced in the Budget earlier this month.
Only Small Business Charter-accredited Business Schools will be selected to deliver the Management aspect of the programme to 30,000 SME businesses in the UK over the next three years.
Help to Grow: Management will support senior managers of small and medium sized businesses to boost their business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth.
Kent Business School has been selected as one of only 33 business schools in the country to provide the 10-week intensive training course, with the first cohort expected to begin in June 2021.
Business leaders who undertake the programme will develop their leadership and management skills together with the confidence and tools to implement change within their business and adopt new and improved business practices.
The goal is for the business to experience productivity growth and become more resilient and sustainable in the long term, having a positive impact and contributing to inclusive economic growth.
Professor Marian Garcia, Dean of Kent Business School says:
“As an institution which holds the Small Business Charter, we are absolutely committed to working with and supporting SMEs. Help to Grow Management offers an exciting opportunity for senior figures in SMEs to engage with high-impact training and development that will lead to increased business innovation, growth and resilience. We are delighted to be working with CABS to deliver this high-profile programme.”
The 12-week programme is 90 per cent funded by the Government and has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside full-time work. A £750 fee is payable by all participants. The course will consist of a blended learning experience of online study and face-to-face sessions once restrictions are lifted.
Only small to medium businesses, employing between five and 250 staff members are eligible to apply for the programme. The business must have been in operation for at least one year and those applying must be a decision maker, with one person reporting to them.