Centre for Growth at Aston University are working with the Small Business Charter (SBC) along with 19 other SBC accredited business schools to deliver a specialised government funded programme for leaders of small businesses to survive and thrive.  Small Business Leadership (SBLP) is a new free and fully funded programme that comes as part of a £20million package from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The Small Business Leadership Programme supports senior leaders to enhance their business’s resilience and recovery from the impact of COVID-19. It helps small and medium-sized businesses to develop their potential for future growth and productivity.

Participants will develop strategic leadership skills and the confidence to make informed decisions to boost business performance.

The fully-funded 10 week programme will be delivered online by small business and enterprise experts from world-leading business schools.

The Small Business Leadership Programme is being delivered by a consortium of business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter (SBC), and supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.


We are delivering this programme in the:

  • West Midlands
  • South West (Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire and West of England (including Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire)

Benefits of taking part

  • Develop your strategic capability to plan for the future of your business, and to ensure that your business is in a great position to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
  • Learn how to make your business more productive and resilient.
  • Support you to develop your management and leadership skills, and increase your confidence to make better decisions, boost business performance and become more effective.
  • Provide a reflective and practical programme tailored to support your business. Apply your learning to your business
  • Help you to build lasting relationships with a network of small business leaders and business experts in your region.
  • Create an innovative, productive and agile organisational culture able to drive growth.
  • Support you to embed responsible business practices.  


To find out more and express your interest, click here.