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Registration is open for a new, fully-funded leadership programme, designed to help SMEs build resilience, tackle the challenges faced during and after COVID-19, and drive future productivity and growth.

Supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Small Business Leadership Programme (SBLP) is a free, 10-week training programme for senior leaders in organisations with 5–249 employees. 

A range of small business experts – including entrepreneurs, business leaders and academics from Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University – are delivering the online programme in the North East and Cumbria. Nine groups will start the programme at staggered dates between now and January.

Covering a range of practical topics, including operational and financial management, innovation, strategic leadership and employee engagement, the SBLP will provide participants with an online learning community and skills that can be directly applied to their organisations.  

With eight, 90-minute webinars, alongside independent learning, the programme is specifically designed to support and fit in with the day-to-day business.  As part of a small cohort of SME owners and senior managers from the region, those taking part will also build new networks and share experiences with their peers. 

To find out more about the SBLP and to secure a place, visit the Small Business Charter website at https://smallbusinesscharter.org/small-business-leadership-programme/.

Kate Buckle
Article by Kate Buckle
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