This accreditation recognises our ongoing commitment to play an effective role in supporting small businesses, the local economy and student entrepreneurship in our region.
If you own a small company, there are several ways we can help your business grow.
This includes courses to enhance your managerial skills, bursaries for student internships and placements, and networking events to connect you with our research community and other business leaders.
We offer practical courses aimed at boosting growth and innovation, including the Government funded Help To Grow: Management and the Growth Catalyst programme, as well as micro courses on specialist business areas.
These are practical programmes which will enable you to develop implementable strategies for the specific context of your organisation.
Help To Grow: Management
Next cohort: March 2024
Duration: 12 weeks
If you are a senior manager at a small or medium-sized business in the northwest, and want to take your leadership skills to the next level, this programme is ideally designed for you.
Help To Grow: Management is a 12 week 90% Government-funded business growth and management development programme aimed at enhancing your leadership skills.
This is a very practical fast paced course comprising 12 modules which cover key business and management topics, including finance, digitalisation, efficient operations and more.
The programme culminates in a tailored business plan to boosts the performance, resilience and long-term growth of your organisation, for which you will receive 10 additional hours of 1:1 mentor support.
Help To Grow: Management is open to any SMEs, including third sector organisations such as social enterprises and community interest companies (CICs), with the following characteristics:
- Located in the Liverpool City Region, North Wales and Chester
- 5-249 employees
- Operational for at least one year
Next cohort: May 2024
Duration: 7 months
Growth Catalyst is a 7-month leadership development and business growth programme for owners and senior managers with strategic responsibility at small companies.
This is a UK Shared Prosperity Fund part-funded course, where you will learn how to tackle real-life organisational problems, enable business growth and improve your leadership skills.
Growth Catalyst is fully-funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and available for small businesses in Merseyside with 2-250 employees.
The programme is entirely practical and designed to provide you with hands-on tools and techniques to help you implement changes within your business right away.
This means there is not any work or assignments. Simply attend, learn and apply your new skills to the areas within your business that require attention or you would like to improve.
By successfully completing this programme you will also receive a Certificate in Leadership from the University of Liverpool.
Growth Catalyst is open to any SMEs, including third sector organisations such as social enterprises and community interest companies (CICs), with the following characteristics:
- Located in the Liverpool City Region only (Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, Halton, St Helens, Knowsley)
- 2-250 employees
- Successfully completing the Growth Catalyst selection process following application
The University offers a range of business support to help you recruit students and graduates and keep talent in the LCR.
Liverpool Interns programme
Our student recruitment programme includes the opportunity for organisation employing between 2-250 people, to benefit from fully funded student internships via the University’s Liverpool Interns programme.
This initiative aims to support the human resourcing of local small businesses and the development of our students and graduates in the LRC, however the programme is open to SMEs based anywhere in the UK.
Companies entering the programme benefit from a 100 hours internship/projects delivered by a current student or recent graduate, fully funded through a bursary (one per business).
Student business challenge
Is there a particular business issue you would like to explore, but you don’t have the time or resources to fully identify, explore and plan for new challenges and opportunities?
If that is the case, you can take in our student business challenge and benefit from the fresh thinking and skills of our talented students.
Based on a brief provided by you, our students will undertake an in-depth analysis of your specific business issue and produce detailed findings and managerial recommendations tailored to your organisation.
Both undergraduate and postgraduate students can take part in these projects, with varying levels of complexity and depth.
Running a small business can often feel lonely... We would love you to become part of our business network and benefit from networking with their peer small SME managers.
The University of Liverpool and the Management School have connections with a large number of business locally, nationally and internationally, from small and medium enterprises to large corporations.
We regularly organise Business Breakfast events where you can discover the latest updates in contemporary business topics and network with leaders from other organisations and expert researchers.
The School’s Research Centres also organise events aimed at discussing the research-based insights and guidance on how to deal with pressing challenges for business, policymakers and third sector organisations.
Join our next Business Breakfast!
Wednesday 27 March 2024
Join our next Business Breakfast event - Unleashing the Power of Women in the Liverpool City Region - where expert speakers will address the challenges faced by women at all stages of their careers and explore practical solutions for creating better conditions for women to succeed in the workplace.
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