The government has launched two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The government is investing £20 million to improve small business’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills through 2 training programmes, to support businesses during this decisive time in the country’s economy.
With the coronavirus pandemic leading businesses to adopt new methods of working, the Small Business Leadership Programme will focus on strengthening decision-makers’ leadership skills, so they are able to address management challenges, some of which, such as remote working, have arisen from coronavirus.
The 10-week programme – which will be delivered virtually by experts from university business schools – will teach participants how to maximise their business’s potential by improving productivity, organisation and efficiency. Business will undertake a series of 90-minute webinars delivered by leading business experts, and will also be required to complete up to two hours of independent study and peer supported learning per week.
Additionally, the Peer Networks Programme will focus on helping business owners improve their problem-solving skills, through a series of guided exercises. Participants will take part in sessions where common coronavirus related business challenges will be discussed, such as finding new customers and using technology such as customer record management and websites to adapt a business model. Members of the programme will be given skills in areas such as leadership and management, sales and marketing that they need to tackle these challenges head-on while growing their business.
Find out more on the GOV.UK website.