Course Overview: 

Build a community of likeminded business leaders while focusing on improving your resilience and potential for growth. Help to Grow: Management is a government-funded* 12 week leadership course delivered by Aston University, a world-class international Business School. The course offers:

• In-depth leadership training provided by business experts both online and face-to-face sessions designed to allow you to complete the course alongside running your business.The course covers strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams, and digital adoption, as well as financial management and responsible business practices.

• Support to build resilience and develop a targeted Growth Action Plan for your business

• Networking with other ambitious business leaders

• 1:1 mentoring


The course is 90% funded by the government*, businesses pay just £750 per participant. Eligibility criteria applies. 

Programme Eligibility:

  • Be a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) based in the United Kingdom
  • Be from any industry sector, employing between 5 and 249 people
  • Have been operational for at least one year
  • Be a decision-maker or member of the senior management team within the business, such as Chief Executive, Finance Director, Operations Director etc.
  • If your business employs between 10 and 249 people, you can send up to two participants on the course.
  • Previous participants on the Small Business Leadership Programme can also join the course.



The next cohort starts January 2024.

You can download the full schedule below

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Hear from our past participants


Darren Powell- Managing Director- Vincent Timber 

“The course has given me a deeper understanding across many areas of business and was thoroughly enjoyable. If you are looking for a respected business course provided by an excellent business school, then look no further! I have no hesitation recommending the help to grow programme provided by Aston business school.” 

 Emma Heathcote-James -Director, Little Soap Company  

“I cannot recommend enough clearing a day a week from your diary to reap the rewards of this course. It is time well spent as by the end of the course we have such a powerful grip on our business model and strategy to help move up to the next level.”     

Valeria Berrazueta Jaramillo- Director, Shepherds

“This course puts you on the spot, in a good way; it makes you question your business, your daily decisions; it makes you rip apart your business, and it teaches you how to put it back together in a much better way.”

Nilesh Chohan- Managing Director, Instinct Hardware

“This course broke strategy into 12 separate modules and gave us time to target each facet of growth individually, making implementation of the learning much easier and more manageable.”

Dan Campsall- Director, Insight Warehouse 

“Help to Grow has given me time, space and a structure to look at how we can make the best decisions strategically and operationally to fulfil our ambitions as a growing business.”


Build a network of like-minded business leaders

One of the benefits of completing the Help to Grow Management course at Aston University is the opportunity to build a network of like-minded business leaders. When you complete the course, you gain access to a national alumni network. 
This will offer the opportunity to attend exclusive events, continue to network with your peers, experts and prominent business leaders, access new, exclusive learning material and continue to develop your growth action plan. Below is a video from one of our Help to Grow alumni events hosted by Aston Business School.

Contact us: 

For more information contact the Aston Centre for Growth team via or calling 0121 204 3225. 

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