How to scale your business successfully (+ updated workshops) | Dare to grow - OPEN SME

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2023
  • Posted By GM Leadership Hive

Challenge yourself with on-demand, learning site OPEN SME 

OPEN SME aims to bring university best practices, support, and guidance to your own home, in your own time. The online course helps you to uncover areas for development and consolidate your strengths through a series of modules, condensed into hour-long learnings.

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Successful leaders know that to stay competitive in today's rapidly changing business environment, it’s essential to continuously improve your skills and knowledge. By embracing a 'Dare to Grow' mindset, leaders can push themselves to learn new things, take on new challenges, and continually upskill themselves.

How it works: Focused around four key modules; Digital, Finance, Marketing and People, each topic dives into how you can develop each area for better success. The on-demand programme is there for whenever you can fit in some online learning – whenever and wherever you want.

Best of all, you can now take advantage of these high-quality on-demand learning modules with the new mobile learning app, Pulse by D2L©, so it’s even easier to fit learning around your schedule. Simply register ‘OPEN SME’ as your school/organisation and use your membership login to access your modules on the go.

Each module can be tailored to your specific business needs. After completing a short self-assessment to highlight what you’re interested in developing, you can choose your own learning objectives to adopt best practices and management methods in the areas you feel you need most.

The short, interactive courses are designed for business owners with no time to waste. Complete a learning unit on the go in just 5 minutes and a whole learning path in less than 30.

How to apply: Find out more and apply here.

Build your company’s resilience with funded support

Two-day fully funded workshops designed for the region’s microbusinesses and entrepreneurs will help you address key challenges by turning these into opportunities.

Build actionable steps to make simple but powerful changes in your business and gain:

·         Understanding of current challenges and expectation mapping

·         Strategic direction and choices – review and renewal

·         Understanding of how you achieve competitive advantage

·         Marketing and communications strategy support – choice and audience

·         The confidence to build and maximise your network

·         The chance to make a splash - power, influence and presence

·         Headspace and time to work on your business, not in your business

Facilitated by Dr Ann Mulhaney and Rob McKay from the Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University, we’re offering fully funded workshop places for eligible businesses, with lunch and refreshments included.

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Workshop dates:

16 and 23 May 2023 (venue: Mercure Norton Grange Hotel and Spa, Rochdale)

17 and 24 May 2023 (venue: Midland Hotel, Manchester)

To register your no-obligation interest, register your interest today.

OPEN SME, the short-course online learning platform, forms a central part of the Leadership Hive and has been developed in response to feedback from Greater Manchester SMEs.

Launched in April 2022, the platform is designed and delivered by globally leading academics from Manchester Metropolitan University, with content developed in partnership with the University of Manchester’s Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Bolton, and the University of Salford.

OPEN SME is the Leadership Hive's flagship offering and is backed by £2m from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It sits alongside wider business support programmes, such as the Government’s national scheme, Help to Grow: Management.

Access the free modular programme online or Download the Pulse app to enjoy business knowledge available instantly on your device. Available on Android Play Store and Apple App Store.

Business leaders play a crucial role in leading the business to grow and succeed. How can you act as a captain to steer in this ever-changing business environment and embrace the 'Dare to' Mindset? Find out more now.