Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SME) post-Covid recovery efforts will be the focus of a new University of the West of Scotland (UWS) initiative.

Funded by the UK government, Help to Grow: Management will be delivered by academics from the School of Business and Creative Industries at UWS – one of 55 business schools in the UK to hold the Small Business Charter. The programme – worth £7,500 – is an innovative and accessible solution for SMEs looking to boost their performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

Johnny Mone, Head of Business Innovation at UWS, said: “We are delighted to be offering this new initiative which will support businesses and the local economy.

“The course aims to strengthen covid-recovery for SMEs and will help businesses enhance their management and strategic capabilities, build resilience, adopt digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility, and help to improve employee engagement and responsible business practices.”

Over 12 weeks, participants will take part in a range of interactive, online sessions, as well as four in-person workshops at UWS’s Paisley Campus. The programme is now open for applications, with the first cohort of businesses expected to start on 21 September 2022.

University of the West of Scotland, recently named Higher Educational Institution of the Year at the Herald Higher Education Awards 2022, is one of Scotland’s largest modern universities. Our reach across the south and west of Scotland, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education.

UWS’s employer-focused degrees align with business, community, third sector, government and international priorities, and provide the perfect springboard to create economic benefits across Scotland and the UK.

The UWS Centre for Continuing Professional Development are hosting a number of Engagement Events, open to SMEs across Scotland who would like to find out more about the Government-backed Help To Grow programme.

Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday 3rd August from 10:00-11:00am to explore the programme in more detail and hear from guest speaker, Hisashi Kuboyama, Development Manager (west of Scotland) at Federation of Small Businesses, who will be discussing the importance leadership skills for SMEs.

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Alternatively, you can join us in person at our Paisley Campus on Wednesday 17th August between 12:00pm-2:00pm for a lunch time networking event and speak with our Help To Grow Project Lead and chat with our expert academics who will be delivering the workshops throughout the programme. Advanced registration is required for this event.

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To find out more about the UWS School of Business and Creative Industries or the Help to Grow Management Programme, please email