Chancellor chooses Stirling to deliver business recovery scheme

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The University of Stirling is launching a bespoke management training programme for Scottish businesses, after being selected to partner on a £520 million UK Government initiative.

Stirling Management School will support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as part of the Help to Grow Scheme, the Government’s flagship business recovery programme.

Announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in this year’s Budget, it aims to support 130,000 SMEs and boost productivity by providing access to one-to-one support and training from the UK’s top business schools.

Stirling, which is one of only two business schools in Scotland to lead the programme, was recognised by the Chancellor due to its Small Business Charter-accreditation and will offer a 12-week management programme for businesses in the Forth Valley region.

The training is 90 per cent funded by the UK Government and will support senior managers to boost their business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth.


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Professor Kevin Grant
Dean of Stirling Management School
The last year has been really tough for our SMEs – which are the backbone of our economy. This is a valuable opportunity for small firms who want to re-evaluate the way they operate, expand, upskill and help strengthen the local economy.

Professor Kevin Grant, Dean of Stirling Management School, said: "Through a mix of online teaching, masterclasses and interactive sessions, this training programme will help business leaders to develop leadership and management skills and provide them with the knowledge, tools and confidence to implement change and adopt new and improved business practices.

“The goal is for the business to experience productivity growth, become more resilient and sustainable in the long term, and have a positive impact, contributing to inclusive economic growth.”

The programme, which is scheduled to start in the autumn, has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside full-time work. It is anticipated that the course will consist of a blended learning experience of online study and face-to-face sessions, when COVID-19 restrictions and health guidance allows.

Only small to medium businesses, employing between five and 250 staff members are eligible to apply for the programme. The business must have been in operation for at least one year and those applying must be a decision-maker, with one person reporting to them. A £750 fee is payable by all participants.

To book your place, visit the Help to Grow Management Programme website.

For further information contact Professor Kevin Grant: or Professor Oliver Mallett Oliver: