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BCU helps small businesses to survive and thrive post-pandemic

Birmingham City Business School is supporting businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 through the Government’s Small Business Leadership Programme. 

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The Business School is working with the Small Business Charter to deliver a new Government-funded programme aimed at small business leaders, which will support them post-pandemic.

The Small Business Leadership Programme is free and fully funded by the Government to enhance small business resilience and recovery from the impact of the virus, and develop potential for future growth and productivity. The programme will create peer groups to help develop stronger leadership, innovation, operational efficiency, marketing and finance.

The practical syllabus provides business leaders with access to small business and management experts from BCU’s Business School.

Professor Nassim Belbaly, Director of Birmingham City University’s Business School, said: “Local businesses are the lifeblood of any region’s economy and that is as true across the West Midlands, as anywhere else in the country.

“This scheme will allow us to deliver the tailored support organisations need right now to ensure they bounce back from the impact of COVID-19 and continue to deliver economic growth for the West Midlands.”

Professor of SME Growth and Development Mark Gilman added, “The pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for businesses, particularly SMEs, and it is vital that these organisations get the support they need to bounce back, making sure our region thrives beyond the pandemic.”

The short and focused programme will be delivered online through a structured course of eight 90-minute webinars over the course of 10 weeks, and will provide the knowledge needed for businesses to tackle crisis situations.

It will also give businesses the opportunity to strengthen their business network. Participants will develop strategic leadership skills and the confidence to make informed decisions to boost performance.

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 re-build 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.” 

As with the School’s new Business Advice Centre, which sees students gain experience through the provision of advice and support to small businesses, this initiative highlights Birmingham City Business School’s emphasis on building the skillsets needed by individuals wanting to succeed in business - so they are equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century.

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