Free leadership programme to support small businesses in the UK

The Small Business Leadership Programme aims to help business leaders in the UK recover from the pandemic.

By U2B Staff 

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Leaders of small businesses across England will now have access to a free leadership programme as the UK government launches a £20million package to help organisations grow and recover post-COVID-19.

The Small Business Leadership Programme, set to be delivered by Solent University’s Solent Business School aims to help small business leaders and owners recalibrate their organisations to grow as they recover from the pandemic.

The programme, which is fully funded by the government will be provided for free to small business leaders in the country.

This programme is spearheaded by the Small Business Charter (SBC), a network of business schools designed to provide growth, enterprise, and entrepreneurship support to help SMEs maximise their productivity and their contribution to the UK Economy.

The SBC will create peer groups to develop stronger leadership, innovation, operational efficiency, marketing, and finance skills among small business leaders in the UK through this new programme.

It will be delivered virtually, through eight 90-minute webinars over the span of 10 weeks.

The modules in the programme will provide the knowledge required by businesses to tackle crisis situations and strengthen their networks.

The ultimate goal of the programme is to encourage participants to develop their strategic leadership skills to navigate their businesses through current and future challenges.

The programme will also give small business leaders the confidence boost that can help them to make better, informed decisions that can improve business performance, despite challenges.

The UK government’s small business minister, Paul Scully, said: “The strength of small businesses up and down the country will be vital as we begin to bounce back from coronavirus and rebuild our economy.

“The Small Business Leadership Programme will help to equip small business leaders with the leadership and problem-solving skills they need to grow their firms in the wake of this pandemic,” he added.


The executive director of the Small Business Charter, Anne Kiem said that as the country continues to grapple with the economic crisis brought about by the pandemic, it is important to take steps that ensure the survival of small businesses.

These steps need to include providing the right kind of support that will help these businesses build their resilience, which will aid in their survival and growth.

Kiem adds that business schools are in a position to provide the expertise and knowledge all business owners and directors need to continue to thrive in uncertain times

The business school has also just recently announced its Business Recovery Commitment which is its pledge to work alongside the business sector.

Through this pledge, the business school aims to provide practical help as well as strategic thinking, research, and knowledge exchange that will have an actual impact on the economic recovery.

Vice-chancellor of Solent University, Professor Karen Stanton said that the university recognises the pivotal role institutions of higher education play in both promoting and supporting the country’s economic revival.

Stanton adds, “Here at Solent, we are committed to doing what we can to support businesses, large and small, to survive and thrive in these difficult times.