The West of England Growth Hub provides 360-degree business support for SMEs.

We offer the same level of free, impartial support to businesses from all sectors. 

Below we've outlined the leadership and management training, coaching, mentoring and development support available for you.


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


Be the Business' Spark Learning Sessions

Find out to create an inclusive business work culture. 

Be the Business had developed diversity and inclusion Spark Learning Sessions designed to help you create an inclusive work culture and to build your confidence to make positive changes in your business – regardless of your budget size.

Find out more and register now.

Mentoring for Growth

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

If you have a turnover of at least £500,000, use this programme to increase productivity in your business with the aid of a senior-level mentor. Be the Business has partnered with the likes of GSK, Siemens and the John Lewis Partnership to deliver a fully funded programme focused on your needs. 

Small Business Leadership programme

Developed by the Small Business Charter, the Small Business Leadership Programme equips senior SME leaders with the confidence and leadership skills to enhance their business’s resilience and recovery from the impact of COVID-19, and develop their potential for future growth and productivity.

The programme is open to decision makers from SMEs with 5-249 employees. The short course is being delivered online by a consortium of business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter and supported by BEIS. Participants develop strategic leadership skills and the confidence to make informed decisions to boost business performance. You'll attend eight 90-minute webinars across ten weeks, covering topics including leadership, innovation, employee engagement, operational efficiency, marketing and finance. 

Sign up here.


Peer Networks - currently closed for applications

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.

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 – apart from the HR for Managers course which is a 5 day course.


Course Dates

ILM Level 2 Leadership and Team Skills 

Wednesday 28th April 2021

ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management

Friday 30th April 2021

ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management

Tuesday 4th May 2021
Tuesday 11th May 2021

ILM Level 3 HR for Managers

Tuesday 4th May 2021
Tuesday 11th May 2021
Tuesday 18th May 2021
Tuesday 25th May 2021

ILM Level 2 Leadership and Team Skills 

Thursday 6th May 2021
Thursday 13th May 2021
Thursday 20th May 2021
Thursday 27th May 2021

ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management

Thursday 6th May 2021
Thursday 13th May 2021
Thursday 20th May 2021
Thursday 27th May 2021

ILM Level 4 Leadership and Wellbeing Management 

Friday 7th May 2021
Friday 14th May 2021
Friday 21st May 2021
Friday 28th May 2021

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 & 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.