Our fully funded programmes empower you with the tools, skills and knowledge to run your business as successfully as possible.

With programmes ranging from workforce development to leadership mentoring, the Hive is here to help. Made available to you in conjunction with GC Business Growth Hub and the region's university business schools.

Find out more about our programmes:

iMentor: Leadership Mentoring Platform

A bespoke leadership mentoring platform, bringing together mentors and mentees. 

Our previous successful mentoring programme matched SME leaders with an experienced professional. We have now moved to a digital platform to help leaders through their challenges, help them develop, change, and grow their business.

Workforce Development Programme

Helping managers and leaders to better understand their staff and HR structure and identify any room for change to facilitate growth.

A training program of expert-led workshops tailored to help you improve productivity and internal developmental opportunities within your team, addressing individual’s needs within the organisational framework of your business.

OPEN SME

OPEN SME will bring some of the best business minds in the city to your mobile, tablet or laptop.

On the tram on the way to the office, at home, when the kids are in bed, or when you get five minutes of peace at the weekend; OPEN SME brings university best practices to your fingertips.

Skills for Growth - Leadership

A fully funded skills consultation service tailored to help upskill business leaders and employees, improve productivity and drive business growth.

Leadership & Mentoring Service

A programme to connect you with a dedicated mentor, who will help to develop your leadership confidence and abilities as you grow your business.

Executive Development Programme

Helping managers to better understand their business and any need for change to facilitate growth.

The Executive Development Programme is tailored to help improve productivity and insight for business leaders, and develop your strategic decision-making, addressing the personal and organisational needs of key executives within the business.

Help to Grow: Management

Join 30,000 senior leaders taking part in a practical management training programme, developed in collaboration with industry and delivered by world-class business schools, accredited by the Small Business Charter.

The 12-week programme is designed to be taken alongside full-time work through a combination of online sessions and face-to-face learning. The cost to attend is also 90% funded by the Government.

GM High Growth Network

A fully funded mini business accelerator aimed to help a business launch a new product or service. Our Greater Manchester High Growth Network programme is designed to support small business owners who are ready to achieve rapid growth.

Executive Education

Alliance Manchester Business School provides customised programmes, short business courses and senior leader degree apprenticeships to executives across the globe.

Greater Connected

Dedicated to those running a digital, creative or tech business, Greater Connected is specifically designed and delivered by industry experts who've got the battle scars from previous tough times.

Greater Connected gives you the time, skills and space you need to re-focus, and take practical steps to stabilise, adapt, and grow.

More Available Fully Funded and Paid For Courses

Course Provider

  • GC Business Growth Hub

Course Description

  • Tailored for those running their own business, including those working in the freelance economy or registered as self-employed. This programme offers free advice in areas including personal skills, career development, business finance and mentoring.

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Course Provider

  • GC Business Growth Hub

Course Description

  • A two day in person programme for Continuous Improvement Champions or potential Champions. A real insight into the process of Lean; the tools of Lean; the coaching of others to maximise Lean engagement and build that Lean way. This course is a good blend of theory, peer learning and two “embed the learning” lean games. See waste, eliminate waste, keep waste out.

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Course Provider

  • GC Business Growth Hub

Course Description

  • A four session virtual programme to equip Production Leaders with the skills and the vision to be effective in improvement focused manufacturing companies. Focused on driving daily measures. The programme also addresses how to build your influence; how to engage others by coaching good habits; and problem solving not firefighting.

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Course Provider

  • GC Business Growth Hub

Course Description

  • For senior manufacturing leaders to help them develop their leadership skill set through self-assessment, one-to-one support, peer learning and best practice site visits. The programme is focused on delivering growth. We have already put 60+ manufacturers through this programme and it has been extended as it led to real improvements and got excellent feedback. The two best practice site visits are excellent and the chance to work with the Leadership Team at Siemens for a morning has always been valued and effective. This is a mix of virtual and in person delivery. 

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Course Provider

  • The Growth Company

Course Description

  • We understand business, and the value of a happy, productive workforce. We will work collaboratively with you to really understand your business, and establish your staff development requirements and gaps. Whether it is apprenticeships, traineeships or courses, we can provide the relevant tailored solutions for you.

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Course Provider

  • The Growth Company

Course Description

  • Would you like fully-funded support to boost skills in your business? Skills Support for the Workforce will help you to upskill your staff through bespoke support and training. Our flexible approach to delivery will enable you to enhance staff productivity, increase morale and improve staff retention. We operate across the country, in Greater Manchester, Sheffield City Region and Lancashire.

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Course Provider

  • UK Government

Course Description

  • Made Smarter will improve the competitiveness, increase exports, and productivity of UK manufacturers and supply chains through fully-funded access to support, guidance and grant funding for the adoption of industrial digital technologies.

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Course Provider

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

Course Description

  • University knowledge, powering business innovation! The Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme (KTP) is a long-standing, government-funded initiative that allows businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. The programme involves your organisation and Manchester Metropolitan University joining forces to address a specific challenge.

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Course Provider

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

Course Description

  • Innospace enables businesses to connect with the expertise, specialised facilities and talent at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Course Provider

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

Course Description

  • As a world-class University, we offer a broad portfolio of training and development expertise to meet the needs and aspirations of all kinds of organisations and individuals. We offer both credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses. We offer a range of short, flexible and bespoke courses to support you to continue your professional development. These courses are designed to enable you to enhance your professional skills, develop and update your knowledge and meet your personal and professional potential. They are delivered through a range of flexible learning methods including seminars and workshops outside normal office hours, and via e-learning, so that you can fit the course around existing commitments.

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Course Provider

  • University of Bolton

Course Description

  • If you are interested in a career in the exciting and fast-paced world of business and management then the University of Bolton’s Institute of Management Greater Manchester is a great place to realise your full potential, expand your knowledge and develop your skills. Bolton's business and accounting courses are developed by experts, which help our students gain recognised qualifications, skills and the confidence to build themselves rewarding and successful careers.

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Course Provider

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

Course Description

  • With our Global Online MBA, you will combine expert teaching from our triple accredited business school with the flexibility you need to succeed. Join a 25-year legacy of graduates who are shaping the global business landscape, with the help of the skills they have honed during Manchester Metropolitan University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA). Our business school is triple accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, setting an international benchmark of excellence in business and management education. This achievement places us proudly among the best business schools in the world. By studying your MBA with us, you’ll graduate with a qualification from a business school recognised internationally for its excellence in teaching and research, giving you the opportunity to stand out.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • Do you want to learn how to exploit the marketing function in your organisation for sustainable competitive advantage? How to maximise the impact of your digital strategy, knowing what to do, and equally as importantly, what to avoid. Whether you are an aspiring or an experienced Director, with limited or no marketing background, this course will provide you with skills and practical knowledge to confidently steer your organisation’s strategy, and leverage business opportunities created by the function of Marketing. Following the completion of the course, you will have an ability to influence marketing strategy, whilst ensuring it is in line with your business objectives, protects the value of the brand, and maximises business opportunities for your organisation. Regardless of the sector your organisation operates in, the nature of your target market or specificity of your customer base, the programme provides you with tactical tools that will make you an efficient leader and valuable contributor to the Marketing activities and performance.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • This 5-day Mini MBA in Business Leadership programme is a taster of a Masters in Business Management. Designed for senior executives and managers aspiring for senior roles from all functions across industry. This programme is ideal for executives seeking to improve their knowledge across a wide spread of advanced business skills. It offers delegates a challenging and rewarding experience that will equip them with the advanced skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen profession. Helping you take your career to the next level and giving you maximum impact on your career with minimum time away from the workplace.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • Our Mini MBA in Digital Innovation course will take you on a five-day journey to explore, understand, experience and interact with the exciting idea of Digital Transformation in business. Through highly interactive and practical content the trainers will unveil a full picture of the current digital landscape, and not only help you identify where you and your business are positioned in these frameworks, but also equip you with knowledge, cultural awareness, leadership skills and practical tools to build your own strategy to get where you want to be.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • The Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring qualification empowers practising managers and professionals with the knowledge skills and confidence to introduce coaching and mentoring into the workplace and perform effectively as management coaches. Explore the management of coaching as well as developing skills, confidence and competence of those coaching at a managerial level. This qualification will enable you to increase efficiencies, retain talent, set and drive positive behaviours while providing a platform for effective communication.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • Combining skills-based development and strategic coaching concepts, the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring is perfect for senior professionals and executives who regularly coach and mentor at a senior level. Enhancing the skills and capabilities of Senior Management Teams to increase leadership and organisation wide engagement through effective coaching and mentoring culture cultivation.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • The three-day CMI Level 7 Certificate in Management and Leadership programme has been designed to support directors and senior managers and leads who have the responsibility to translate organisational strategy into effective performance. This programme will help you to review your personal leadership as a strategic manager, develop performance management strategies, and implement organisational change strategies.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • The CMI Level 7 Qualifications in Professional Consulting (RQF) have been developed by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in cooperation with the Institute of Consulting (IC). These qualifications are designed for Professional Consultants who want to develop their strategic skills with consulting such as organisational structure and culture, entry and diagnosis, communicating strategies for consulting and group dynamics and facilitating skills.

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Course Provider

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

Course Description

  • Partner with Manchester Metropolitan University to offer degree apprenticeships, helping you to access new talent pipelines and upskill your existing workforce

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • Strong leadership is fundamental to the success of any business. The Directors Leadership Programme is a two-day intensive course designed to develop leaders’ to best manage risk, opportunities, and influence change. This programme will introduce theoretical and practical research that explores human behaviour and the importance of self-awareness to any personal development journey. Delegates will explore current thinking around authentic, distributed leadership; psychometric testing and profiling; social psychology of influence for 2030 and beyond, and coaching.

    The Directors Leadership Programme is ideal for directors, c-suite executives, owner-managers and entrepreneurs, who are looking for an outstanding personal development opportunity to improve their performance and become more effective business leaders.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • An effective strategy will carry your business forward to where you want it to be. The Directors Strategic Programme is a two-day intensive course that will differentiate delegates from their peer group and would enhance their career. The programme will introduce theoretic and practical research that explores strategic management as an economic science as well as a leadership practice and skill set. Delegates will explore effective strategy design and implementation, review current thinking around the core competencies, strategic change and the cultural dimension. The Directors Strategic Programme is ideal for directors, c-suite executives, owner-managers and entrepreneurs, who are looking for an outstanding personal development opportunity to improve their performance and become more effective business leaders.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • The Director Development Programme is a 5-day acceleration course that prepares new and experienced Directors to excel in their roles. The course features experienced tutors who have theoretical and practical knowledge of what it takes to become successful in and out of the boardroom. The course is a fast track and intense insight into the role of a Director. This accelerated five-day Director Development Programme will allow Directors to become aware of their legal obligations in running an organisation and allows them to understand more about what makes a successful Director. Delegates will have an option to obtain ILM Level 7 qualification following the course completion. They will be able to implement the knowledge straight away so that the organisation will see immediate results.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • To operate effectively, it is essential high-level executives understand financial concepts. The Directors Finance Programme is a two-day streamlined course that will provide delegates with an understanding of the legislative and regulatory framework within which financial statements are produced and financial decisions are made. The programme will outline directors’ responsibility for the provision of financial information and provide an understanding of financial language and a facility with its use. These insights provide the platform for executives to engage confidently in financial discussions.

    The Directors Finance Programme is ideal for directors, c-suite executives, owner-managers and entrepreneurs, who are looking for an outstanding personal development opportunity to improve their performance and become more effective business leaders.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • Good governance is at the centre of any successful business. It is essential for achieving business objectives and drive improvement, as well as maintain legal and ethical standing in the eyes of shareholders, regulators and the wider community. The Directors Governance Programme is a two-day intensive course which will introduce the practice of corporate governance. In this programme, delegates will adopt a strong stewardship stance: corporate governors are in fact stewards of resource for owners, investors, customers and wider society. The Directors Governance Programme is ideal for directors, c-suite executives, owner-managers and entrepreneurs, who are looking for an outstanding personal development opportunity to improve their performance and become more effective business leaders.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • Salford Professional Development are pleased to introduce a new addition to the executive training portfolio. Designed by our top industry experts, it will ensure that operational excellence truly serves to maximise the business potential in your organisation. Whether you operate in services, manufacturing, public or the ‘not-for-profit’ sector, optimal business operations give your organisation the edge needed to thrive in an ever more competitive landscape. The Operational Excellence programme is a two-day specialist course designed to differentiate director level delegates from their peer group and enhance their career. The highly interactive programme introduces theoretical and practical research to explore operational excellence through academic, leadership practice and organisational change lenses. Drawing extensively on real life case studies and structured discussions, delegates will build on strategic visioning to design and implement operational excellence through the process, information, transformation and people dimensions of change.

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Course Provider

  • University of Salford

Course Description

  • The aim of the course is to enable you to systematically develop a digital marketing strategy by using emerging technological trends such as machine learning, internet of things and data analytics. The course will highlight the four major components of digital marketing strategy (customer, channel, content, and data) and how businesses can use it to develop unique selling propositions (USP). This programme will enable delegates to develop digital customer profile, performing marketing analytics, enhancing customer journey experience and increase web traffic by optimizing their SEO and social media strategy. It will then explore the digital context in contemporary business landscape, discovering the trends that businesses can take advantage of to become more competitive, or even get ahead of the competition! The programme will then examine different aspects of marketing through digital lens, such as internal and external communication, consumer segmentation, brand positioning and many others.

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