The University of Winchester is to launch a new executive development programme on the Isle of Wight to support senior managers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Winchester University is one of the 1st business schools in the UK to deliver the Government’s Help to Grow: Management Scheme. This initiative is supported by Island design and digital studio, Brightbulb Design and will be one of the first courses to be presented face-to-face at the soon-to-be-launched innovation centre being opened in Cowes in September.

Stella McKnight, Dean of Apprenticeships at the University of Winchester said:

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“The University of Winchester is excited to be supporting businesses on the Isle of Wight and the south coast gain a competitive edge by signing up to the Help to Grow Management programme. The programme comprises 1:1 mentoring, peer networking and tailored in-depth training and the 90 per cent government subsidy means that the 12-week course costs just £750, providing SME business owners and leaders with the opportunity to invest in themselves as well as their business.”

Help to Grow: Management is a 12-week course which gives support from industry experts and academics. The programme includes 1-to-1 weekly mentor support throughout the course, peer-to-peer sessions and practical workshops to elevate your business. It is 90% subsidised by HM Government with a cost to participants of £750.

Chris Brammall, Economic Development Project Officer at Isle of Wight Council, said:

“Help to Grow delivered by the University of Winchester Business School at the Building 41 Innovation Centre in Cowes is just what Island businesses need: a best-in-class national business support programme delivered here on the Island by a leading Higher Education institution. Building 41 provides a space for quality business education without the need for travel to the mainland, making it easier for businesses to access learning and helping our Island to boost productivity and create jobs.”

Course onboarding will begin on 21st September with module 1 beginning on the 28th September.

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