Unlocking Growth Potential

Achieve your business growth aspirations with the University of Nottingham

Unlocking Growth Potential

Unlocking Growth Potential offered a complementary blend of training and coaching. It was designed for ambitious owners of small and medium-sized businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The programme helped business owners to lead their businesses towards the goals they set for it. Specifically, it enabled them to:

  • Create and capture more value
  • Sustain growth with more effective management techniques
  • Plan and implement growth more rigorously
  • Lead others and thrive as a business owner

They also benefited from being in a cohort with other committed business owners.

Programme content

The programme consisted of eight workshop dates:

  • Half-day induction
  • Six days of workshop training
  • Half-day evaluation and presentation

The workshops explored topics that are critical for business growth. These included leadership, developing teams, and financial planning. In addition, each participant received 4-5 hours of individual coaching. At the last session, they each presented their growth plan. These included actions they will take as a result of completing the programme.

There were two levels of the programme, to suit the varying needs of delegates. The following documents contain detailed programme content:

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

Programme dates

Three cohorts of delegates participated in Unlocking Growth Potential. Two cohorts completed the Leadership & Management Programme; one completed the Strategic Leadership & Management Programme.

The first cohort was held in autumn 2017.

The second cohort took place between January and May 2018.

The third cohort was completed in autumn 2018.


Applications for Unlocking Growth Potential are now closed.


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.