Unlocking Growth Potential

A new business growth programme from the University of Nottingham


Unlocking Growth Potential offers a complementary blend of training and coaching. It is designed for ambitious owners of small or medium businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, who are committed to growing their business, and want to gain:

  • Clarity over how to create and capture more value
  • Coherence to sustain growth with more effective management techniques
  • Consistency to plan and implement growth more rigorously
  • Confidence to lead others and thrive as a business owner
  • Community benefits from joining a cohort of ambitious and committed growth-oriented business owners

Programme content

The programme consists of a half-day induction, followed by six days of workshop training, and concludes with a half-day presentation of growth plans and actions to be taken as a result of attending the programme. The programme combines training and coaching to help delegates to achieve their growth plans and aspirations and is supported by a substantial on-line learning resource.

The workshops will explore a range of topics that are vitally important for business growth, such as leadership, developing teams, and financial planning. There will be two different levels of the programme, to suit the varying needs of delegates. For more information about each, please see the detailed information on the following documents:

Our delivery partners at The Centre for Management and Business Development have a skilled and experienced team of trainers and coaches, who are ideally suited to ensuring the latest thinking around business growth is made both accessible and relevant to the SMEs on the programme.

Programme dates

Three cohorts of delegates will have the opportunity to participate in Unlocking Growth Potential. Two cohorts will complete the Leadership & Management Programme, and one will complete the Strategic Leadership & Management Programme.

The training dates for the first cohort (Leadership & Management Programme) are:

  • Tuesday 12th September 2017 (induction)
  • Wednesday 20th September 2017
  • Wednesday 11th October 2017
  • Wednesday 18th October 2017
  • Wednesday 8th November 2017
  • Wednesday 22nd November 2017
  • Wednesday 6th December 2017
  • Wednesday 13th December 2017 (evaluation)

The provisional dates for the second cohort (Strategic Leadership & Management Programme) are:

  • Thursday 18th January 2018 (induction)
  • Thursday 1st February 2018
  • Thursday 15th February 2018
  • Thursday 8th March 2018
  • Thursday 22nd March 2018
  • Thursday 19th April 2018
  • Thursday 3rd May 2018
  • Thursday 17th May 2018 (evaluation)

The third cohort will take place in autumn 2018.

To apply

Applications are now open for Unlocking Growth Potential, and are being considered on a rolling basis. Spaces are strictly limited. There is no fee for delegate businesses, although this substantial programme does require a commitment to attend all sessions and to put in the significant effort needed to maximise the benefits to your business.

To apply, please complete this application form, and submit it to Dave.Tuer@nottingham.ac.uk.

Shortlisted businesses will have a short telephone interview with The Centre for Management and Business Development as part of the application process. Business selected for the first cohort will be notified over the summer of 2017.


If you have any queries about Unlocking Growth Potential, please contact the Project Manager:

Dave Tuer
0115 74 84353

State Aid

This programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and is part of the Enabling Innovation Programme. This programme is classed as State Aid to participating businesses, the value of which is £3,875, but is delivered completely free of charge to participants. For more information about the programme, please visit www.enablinginnovation.org.uk.