Get 1:1 business mentoring with a 90% government-funded Help to Grow: Management course

Help To Grow: Management is a leadership and management course designed to help people grow their business. The 12-week course supports leaders and senior managers of small and medium-sized businesses in any sector. It can be completed alongside full-time work.

The time commitment is 50 hours over 12 weeks. Learning alongside other business owners affords participants the opportunity to gain insight from their peers and network. Using a combination of online and face-to-face sessions alongside case study workshops, they have the opportunity to apply taught concepts to real-life situations faced by business leaders.

By the end of the course, participants have a tailored Growth Action Plan to help them successfully lead and grow their business.

• 90% of the course fee is funded by the government, meaning businesses are only required to pay 10% (£750).

• The one-off fee is paid once participants have been accepted onto the course and is collected by the University of Brighton’s School of Business and Law.


• This Help to Grow: Management scheme is 90% funded by the government. To be eligible for the scheme, the following criteria must be met.

The business must:

• Be a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) based in the United Kingdom
• Employ between five and 249 people
• Have been operational for at least one year
• Not be a charity.

You must
• Be a chief executive, owner/founder or member of the senior management team
• Have at least one direct report
• Commit to completing all sessions.

Other important information:
• Only one person per business can participate in the programme
• The application form will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will request information about the individual and their business.

Types of businesses taking part:
• business consultancy 
• jewellery business
• wine and spirits company
• veterinary business
• cafe 
• cleaning equipment company
• IT business support service
• education provider
• tech and data company
• conservation specialist
• not-for-profit energy co-operative.

From locations across Surrey, Sussex and Greater London.

Delegates are supported by an experienced business mentor. They’re taught by experienced academics and practitioners who help them build capabilities in:
• strategy and innovation
• internationalisation
• vision, mission and values
• organisational design
• efficient operations
• implementing growth plans.

Why choose the University of Brighton? 

The course is only delivered by business schools who have been awarded the Small Business Charter (SBC) by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) – the University gained this accreditation in December 2021.


The University has a long history of working with small to medium-sized businesses, and a strong track record of delivering business growth programmes.

The School of Business and Law is home to the Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (CENTRIM). It works with partners in industry, academia and government producing groundbreaking concepts to explain, harness and improve innovation, entrepreneurship and change management.

The 2021 Knowledge Exchange Framework results place the University of Brighton in the top 10% for universities for public and community engage-ment, and in the top 20% for skills, enterprise, and entrepreneurship. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), the University of Brighton was recognised for producing research of “world-leading quality” that is making a difference to the economy and society.

The University also ranked in the REF 2021 as:
• 98% of the University’s research is rated as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.
• 75% of the University’s research environment in Business and Management Studies, is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
• 88% of the University of Brighton’s impact is assessed as outstanding or very considerable.

Help to Grow: Management programme


Programme Director – Adam Jones. 

E: helptogrow@brighton.ac.uk

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