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Birmingham City University’s New Business Support Programme: ‘Growing You‘

‘Growing You’ aims to support business leadership and growth amongst entrepreneurs and SMEs from a diverse array of business sectors and community groups within the GBSLEP region.

We know that the key challenges faced by businesses revolve around their ability to make effective decisions, to work in a team, to be able to choose wisely from a range of options and to think in a creative way to find solutions.

In order to improve performance and grow your business there are a number of key common areas where SMEs tell us they need to develop. To assist you in improving your growth, four workshops, combined with an introductory diagnostic session, will help you explore tools and techniques which can lead to lasting and immediate impact:

Growing You’ is an inspirational, locally focussed, and unique business growth programme helping SMEs from all backgrounds, within the GBSLEP region, to overcome the barriers to growth and sustainable success.

Workshop 0 is a mandatory workshop for all participants, participants are all asked to sign up for a further 3 out of 4 workshops

Workshop 0 - Thursday 15th March (mandatory introduction session business review using diagnostic) 9:30am - 1pm (including lunch)

Introductory session ‘knowing you’ which focuses on you undertaking a business review using our dedicated diagnostic tool to help you better understand where your business currently is, supporting you to challenge what you think are the areas of concern in your business and where the gaps are; it will be a fun session and will enable you to engage with a new network of businesses and mentors, to support you on your journey.


Workshop One - Workshop 1 (strategy) - 22nd March 9am-12noon

Clear vision and strategy are key for growth and survival yet most SMEs do not have a vision or strategy from which to guide their business. Instead decisions are taken largely on a reactive basis. Few SMEs enter into collaborative relationships with suppliers or customers or take part in wider networks that can assist growth

This workshop will help you address these issues by concentrating on doing things right and adding value by defining your vision & strategy and executing them. The workshop will also investigate collaborating and partnering with your value chain



Workshop Two - Workshop 2 (leadership) – 3rd May 1pm-4pm

A lack of managerial skills is a key factor limiting growth potential. Government support often overlooks the importance of wider managerial learning and knowledge development. Most owner managers find it difficult to define in precise terms what the role of a manager entails and very few invest in the development of management and leadership skills.

This workshop highlights the skills and capabilities to overcome the above barriers and lead the business to future improvement and growth by becoming transformational leaders that underpin the capabilities and ability to manage change and transition


Workshop Three - Workshop 3 (people) - 17th May 9am-12noon

Growth is associated with engaging employees through formal training and development and good HR practices which involve and appraise employees etc. But there is very little evidence of such developments with trust, fairness and equality being hit and miss. People focused individuals recognise the strengths in others and support them to become the best that they can be.

This workshop identifies ways of involving and delegating by defining structures, sharing information and responsibility; highlights how to engage other by involving, developing, motivating and rewarding; and how to seek opportunities for learning and exploiting knowledge


Workshop Four - Workshop 4 (process) -14th June 9am-12noon

Most businesses struggle with how to measure and manage performance. Information regarding customers, suppliers, people, competitors, markets, innovation and knowledge is rarely sought. This often goes hand in hand with a lack of processes, target setting and review of objectives with an over reliance on ‘gut feel’. Process focused individuals recognise the strengths in their current processes and where they need to develop further.

This workshop will focus on generating ideas and continually innovating; making effective and informed decisions based on accurate data; and developing and maximising the capacity of systems and process.



The Growth Hub project is part funded by European Regional Development Fund

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