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The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched two brand new initiatives to help support businesses across England, to encourage economic resilience and recovery following the impacts of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 crisis had impacted business across the country changing the way the majority of companies conduct their day to day business. As the country slowly moves out of lockdown, the government is supporting economic growth by introducing two new training g programmes to improve the management, productivity, and problem-solving abilities of small businesses in England.

The Small Business Leadership Programme has been set up to enhance the leadership and decision-making skills of business owners, better preparing them for the challenges that might arise as we move through the next phase of the pandemic.

The 10-week, virtually delivered programme will equip business leaders with the skills and confidence to plan for the businesses future and maximise productivity, organisation and efficiency, placing them in the strongest position possible to recover from in impacts of the coronavirus.

Businesses who partake in the training programme will attend a series of 90-minute webinars delivered by leading industry experts from university business schools, alongside two hours of independent and peer-supported study each week.

The second initiative BEIS has announced is the Peer Networks Programme, which will improve business leader’s problem-solving skills through a series of guided sessions. The sessions will present participants with common coronavirus business challenges, that as a group they will discuss various approaches and solutions, providing them with the skills to think fast and adapt to whatever challenges them might face growing their businesses post COVID-19.

Small Business Minister, Paul Scully, said: “I know from my own experience of running small businesses just how valuable the advice and experience of experts and peers can be when you are looking to grow your company.”

“The strength of small businesses up and down the country will be vital as we begin to bounce back from coronavirus and re-build our economy. These schemes will help equip small business leaders with the leadership, resilience and problem-solving skills they need to grow their firms in the wake of this pandemic.”

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

If you have any questions regarding these new initiatives, or if you would like any free and impartial support for your business, you can call the Business Support Helpline on 0800 998 1098.

Ashleigh Smith
Article by Ashleigh Smith
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