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Leadership and management

The West of England Combined Authority's Growth Hub provides 360-degree business support for small and medium sized businesses.

In today’s business world, challenges can arise at any time. To be an effective leader you need to be able to respond to those challenges with intelligence, strategy and expertise.

We've outlined the leadership and management training, mentoring and development support available if you’re having difficulty responding to unanticipated challenges, or if you’re interested in improving your leadership skills to influence your teams, and take productivity and motivation to the next level.

Find out how to increase business productivity and resilience with excellent leadership. Request a call-back today.

Peer Networks

Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. ​

There are places available for West of England businesses who have operated for over 1 year, a turnover of over £100,000 per annum and more than 5 PAYE employees. 

Use this programme to:

  • Overcome business challenges ​and act on new opportunities​
  • Build a trusted network of ​connections to support you ​now and in the future ​
  • Improve your long-term personal ​and business performance​
  • Receive support to help you tackle ​the short-term issues that are ​affecting your business now, ​including those related to Covid.

Mentoring for Growth - now recruiting

Connect with business leaders from large multinational companies with Be the Business' Mentoring for Growth programme. 

Mentoring for Growth facilitates collaboration between mentors from big corporations and key decision makers, owners and Managing Directors from small to medium sized businesses. An open and honest exchange of ideas, expertise and experiences helps both shape the future direction you might take and provides important small business insights that mentors are able to take back into their own companies.

Mentors offer personal expertise, inspiration and practical advice on a one-to-one basis, from decision-making and business planning to talent acquisition and risk management, to help you become more productive and overcome any potential barrier to economic growth. 

Want to join the programme? Click here to find out more and register your interest.


Help to Grow - now recruiting

The government’s new Help to Grow: Management programme offers the chance to take your business to the next level.

Join other senior business leaders in a practical management training programme, with 1-1 mentorship, delivered across the UK by leading business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter.

The 12-week programme costs just £750 and is 90% subsidised by the government as part of its Plan for Jobs to help businesses to drive growth and create jobs. It is aimed at senior leaders of small and medium businesses.

Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, there are a wide range of modules available, including financial management, strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams, and approaches to digital adoption.

By the end of the programme you will develop a tailored business growth plan to help lead your business to its full potential, and have access to an extensive alumni network.

Want to join the programme? Click here to find out more and register your interest.

Leadership and management training

Our partner Serco are offering fully-funded leadership and management training courses. Email skillssupport@serco.com so we can check eligibility.

Level 2 – aimed at Supervisory level
Level 3 – aimed at line managers
Level 4 – aimed at Heads of Departments / Directors / HR Managers

The courses are typically a 4 day course, one day a week (9-5pm) over a 4 week period.

Course Course Dates
ILM Level 2 Leadership and Team Skills  Tuesday 1st June 2021
Tuesday 8th June 2021
Tuesday 15th June 2021
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management On-line, distance learning course delivered via web with the help of an assessor.  No formal start date, you start when you sign up.