Government launches new online management course for small businesses

Government launches new online management course for small businesses
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Wed 24th Apr 2024

The government has unveiled the new Help to Grow: Management Essentials course, which provides tips and resources to help entrepreneurs grow their small business.

Based on the 12-week Help to Grow: Management course, Essentials is a free self-guided, two-hour course aimed at start-ups and new businesses, or those wanting to explore the principles of business growth and management before signing up to the full course.

The content is divided into three modules of videos and supporting resources covering the key business concepts required to unlock growth.

Small business minister Kevin Hollinrake said:

"I've met so many business owners who've benefited from Help to Grow: Management, and now with the launch of Essentials even more will be able to access the advice and resources they need to scale up and grow.

"2024 is the year of the SME and whether its through access to finance, support and advice, or exporting to new markets: we're helping them go further than ever before."

You can access the new Help to Grow: Management Essentials course here.

Help to Grow Management course

For the full 12 week Help to Grow Management course, each participant is matched with a voluntary business mentor.

The mentoring element is delivered by a consortium led by business support group Newable and including Enterprise Nation and the Association of Business Mentors.

The consortium was appointed by the government to develop a national network of business leaders and experts to share their skills and experience.

Those wanting to sign up as a mentor can do so here.

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said:

"As a delivery partner on the Help to Grow: Management course, we see the positive impact this initiative has on small business confidence and productivity every day.

"One thing that stands out is the value that working one-to-one with a matched mentor can have, bringing the lessons learned on the course alive in a very practical setting.

"Helping business leaders understand the clear benefits that taking time out of the business to sharpen business knowledge can have, and practical support on how to apply that to their own business cannot be underestimated.

Related resources

Meet some of the mentors for Help to Grow: Management

How to grow your small business in simple steps

Helpful tools for start-ups experiencing growth

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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