This programme has been developed by the University of Portsmouth School of Business and the award winning Isle of Wight design studio, Brightbulb Design and is fully funded by the Isle of Wight Council, HM Government and the European Regional Development Fund.
The programme is designed to act as a 12 hours introduction and feeder to the national Help to Grow programme that offers key SMEs an opportunity to take a business-wide review of their operations and develop an action plan for growth.
Although a number of businesses have already enrolled with the national Help to Grow programme (including businesses like Brightbulb Design, Inspiration Fabrication and Seacat Services amongst others), we recognise that this 90% funded course requires significant (50 hours) time commitment (particularly for micro businesses) and some travel to Portsmouth University. These factors have proved an impediment to some businesses enrolling in Help to Grow, and so the not all businesses have been able to fully benefit from wide participation in this national flagship productivity programme.
A high intensity lecture/workshop programme following a key topic/subject theme.
Peer workshops to discuss aspects of the content relevant to the peer group and see how your business peers are seeking to action insights from the course
Business mentoring to make the content precisely relevant to your individual business context and to work on specific business issues you have, leading to
A personal action plan to make immediate positive improvements to your business
I am the Research Lead for the Strategy Enterprise and Innovation (SEI) subject group in the Faculty of Business and Law. I’m also Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development and a member of the Regional Studies Association, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I joined the Faculty of Business and Law in September 2011, following a career of over 20 years in marketing communication and branding roles in technology, local government and tourism. I am a qualified coach and have combined my coaching and branding skills to help clients uncover and develop their personal brand. I am a senior lecturer teaching on a range of undergraduate units and have responsibility as Course Leader for the MSc Coaching and Development.
A global marketing academic who has worked at various HE institutions located in Australia and United Kingdom. Before joining UoP, I was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Retail Marketing by Bournemouth University (BU), delivering retail units (eg Retail Buying and Merchandising, and Retail Consumer Experience and Behaviour) to UG and PGT students.
Liza is recognised internationally for her research into International Human Resources and Women’s Leadership development. She is a passionate advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion for all. As a dyslexic academic she is keenly aware of how proactive strategies to support inclusivity can be life changing.
Sarah is a global marketing expert with over 30 years’ experience of working in industry and knowledge transfer. She has held senior management roles in global advertising agencies, both in Europe and the Middle East and her client experience includes; BP, Glaxo, Dubai Air, London City Airport, Emirates Holidays, Jebel Ali Free Zone and Dubai Ports Authority. She spent eight years as the Director on the Emirates Airline Passenger account based in Dubai and was responsible for Emirates Sky Cargo, Emirates Holidays and Emirates Recruitment worldwide.
Peter has over two decades of experience working for and with small and medium sized organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sector. He has worked in teams and individually to stabilise and grow organisations as well as providing services to some of the world’s best known brands. He is a passionate advocate of innovating using ideas, processes, products and services to help an organisation to improve organisational performance.
Building on her background in business development, Jo now works with small businesses to get the most return from their digital marketing, streamline their sales processes and help them grow their business. Expert in HubSpot, inbound marketing, social media and telemarketing, Jo develops strategies, marketing plans and content that attracts, informs, engages, and ultimately generates leads and new business.