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SMEs - we are here for you. Grow your business, leadership skills and business performance through our FREE resources & access to experts from leading successful businesses.

We are a not for profit movement, backed by government, and founded by Sir Charlie Mayfield, the Chairman of John Lewis & Partners and we exist to help small and medium-sized UK based businesses increase their productivity and performance.

We do this by bringing the UK's leading successful business together to help SMEs grow and succeed through a range of innovative, proven, effective productivity-boosting programmes and resources. These include:


Mentoring - Fully-funded one-to-one support, advice & an experienced sounding board.  The programme is particularly suited to businesses with an annual turnover of £500,000 or more. If your turnover is less get in touch to see if you could still be eligible.

Online peer learning groups -  share knowledge, experience and get support from a small group of trusted peers.

Advisory Boards - Enjoy fully-funded non-executive director style support from a group of experienced business people, made up of leaders and senior managers from larger businesses. Next programme starts Jan 2021.

Well-being in the workplace -  four 90-minute sessions over 8 weeks focusing on your own wellbeing, looking after employees wellbeing and promoting a wellbeing culture. Suitable for business leaders & owners with 3 or more employees. Next series begins on 12 March.  £40 deposit, fully-refunded on completion.

Finance learning sessions - Our newly-developed Spark Learning Sessions on finance are designed to help you more confidently and effectively manage your company’s finances. For business leaders and owners of any sector with three or more employees. Next series begins on Friday 5th March 2021.  £40 deposit, fully-refunded on completion.

Leadership Pathway - We are offering up to 1000 free places for UK-based business owners and managers. Self-directed structured learning modules available online. Complete the modules at your own pace. Topic modules range from problem solving to evaluating risk. Once you complete all topics you'll receive accreditation from the Institute of Leadership and Management. Try out a taster course to see if it's right for you.

Amazon Small Business Accelerator -  Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one.


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