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Solent Business School has helped over 50 businesses across the region, as part of the Government’s Small Business Leadership Programme, since its launch in the summer.

14th December 2020
Business and finance

Solent Business School is one of 20 business schools working with the Chartered Association of Business Schools to deliver the specialised Government funded programme for leaders of small businesses. Part of a £20million government-provided package to help small businesses, it has already helped thousands across England.

Working with businesses across the southern region, from Cambridge to Truro, Solent Business School has supported 55 businesses which actively enrolled on the programme, of which more than half are Hampshire-based.

Caroline Walsh, Director of Solent Business School, says: “Universities have an important role to play in promoting and supporting economic development and at Solent, we are committed to doing what we can to support businesses large and small, local and national, to bounce back and thrive in these difficult times.

“We’ve received really positive feedback from the organisations who have participated on the Small Business Leaderships Programme so far. They are saying that it is helping them think differently about their business and how they can emerge from the pandemic stronger and more resilient.”

To aid business resilience and future growth in the current climate, the Small Business Leadership Programme has created peer groups that drive innovation and help small business owners in making the key decisions that will lead to sustainable growth.

“The events industry has been so severely impacted by Covid-19, however the Small Business Leadership Programme at Solent Business School has provided me with the ideal platform to reassess our focus with a view to ensuring we remain resilient in order to survive these challenging times.” – Sarah Moss, Director, Jack Up Events.

“We provide executive car services to the business community, consequently the effect of the pandemic has been significant. Participating in this course has provided the opportunity to take a critical look at our business model and how we operate. More importantly, it is giving us the tools to make changes right now, not just to see us through these challenging times, but to create a vision for the long term future success of our business.” – Wendy Moffat, Director, John A Ray & Associates Ltd.

Registration is now open for January and businesses who would like to register for the Small Business Leadership Programme can register via the Small Business Charter website.