Government launches leadership programmes to help small businesses grow

The government has today announced a £20 million investment programme to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills in the wake of Coronavirus.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis spurs British businesses to adopt new ways of working, the government’s newly launched Small Business Leadership Programme will focus on helping small businesses improve their leadership, management, productivity and problem-solving skills through training.

The first of two virtual programmes, delivered by experts from university business schools, will teach participants how to maximise their business’ potential by improving productivity, organisation and efficiency.

The second, a Peer Networks Programme, will focus on helping business owners improve their problem-solving skills, through a series of guided exercises.

Commenting on the launch, Anne Kiem, OBE, CEO of Chartered Association of Business Schools and Executive Director of the Small Business Charter, says: “The effects of Coronavirus have been particularly damaging for small businesses and providing their leaders with the experience and knowledge to survive and thrive will be essential for the future success of the country.

“While cash injections are important for the long-term, business leaders need the skills to ensure they and their businesses are resilient and can grow throughout this period and beyond. Accessing experts from the world-leading business schools we have in this country will be an essential resource for businesses in the months and years to come.”

There are 2,000 places available on the Small Business Leadership Programme and 6,000 on the Peer Networks programme.

Find out more and apply:

Small Business Leadership Programme

Peer Networks Programme

For further information about the Government measures to protect individuals and businesses, visit our COVID-19: Support for UK businesses hub.