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Help To Grow Scheme - 90% Funded by the Government at the Stirling Management School, University of Stirling

Working in partnership with Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent accounting and business advisory practice.

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The programme is for 12 weeks, facilitated by small business experts from the Stirling Management School, working in partnership with senior figures from Johnson Carmichael, who are providing the one to one mentoring support to business leaders.  This is a practical programme and will include both online and face-to-face sessions, alongside peer support and mentoring.

The programme is built around a practical curriculum which features: 

  • Eight facilitated online 2-hour sessions
  • Four practical, face-to-face case study workshops
  • One-to-one support from a mentor, providing you with personalised support to develop your business growth plan
  • Peer networking, including peer group calls that give you the opportunity to share experiences with a small group of other small business leaders
  • Access to the Alumni Programme featuring events with inspirational speakers, business clinics and networking events
  • Modules on financial management, strategies for growth and innovation, and approaches to digital adoption.

The benefits to SMEs:

  • Enhance your management and strategic capabilities
  • Produce a growth plan for your business
  • Build resilience to future shocks
  • Learn how to innovate in your business
  • Adopt digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility
  • Develop your value proposition and reach into growth markets
  • Improve employee engagement and responsible business practices
  • A blended programme that combines interactive, online sessions with face-to-face learning to suit you

It's targeted at decision makers and senior management team members, such as Chief Executive, Finance Director etc. There are face-to-face sessions, so the target for Stirling is Scottish SME businesses with growth ambitions.

To join Help to Grow: Management, your business must: 

  • Be a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) based in the United Kingdom
  • From any business sector, employing between 5 and 249 people
  • Have been operational for at least one year
  • Not be a charity

Stirling Management School are aiming to start early October with our first cohort of 25 SMEs. 90% of this programme is funded so the cost to you is £750.

To register, please complete the online registration process: