Business leadership and improvement

Developing leadership and management skills within your business can support business growth, strategy and help to overcome business challenges.

Businesses that seek external advice or undertake formal training are more likely to improve their overall performance. Peer Networks and Help to Grow Management offer different training and delivery methods to suit different learning styles, goals, budgets and time available. Both are delivered locally by world-class university business schools. 

  • Peer Networks is about learning from a trusted group of peers and overcoming common business issues
  • Help to Grow Management is a more structured practical management training programme

Below is an overview of each programme to help you choose which is right for you and your business.

To explore more training options and learn how your business can benefit from working with education providers, check out our Skills for Growth programme.

Peer Networks


A peer-to-peer networking programme, offering six weekly structured virtual sessions with a small group of local business leaders to help you grow your business by working through challenges. Plus, over 3 hours of one-to-one coaching sessions to help you build on your learning experience.

All topics discussed in the sessions are selected by the individuals in the group and led by experienced facilitators.

Learning style

Interactive action learning

Reasons to join

  • To find solutions to the real issues your business is facing by working with other local business leaders
  • To develop a positioning strategy for your business
  • You will not be placed in a group with any competitors, so you can share your expertise, ideas and best practice and benefit from others in an non-competitive environment
  •  It only takes is a few hours of your time each month. You can join virtual sessions from the comfort of your home or workplace

Delivered by

Leeds University Business School.


Free. Fully funded the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

To find out more or apply, visit our Peer Networks programme page.

Help to Grow Management


A 12-week programme with 50 hours of in-depth training and one-to-one business mentoring. Designed to be taken alongside full-time work through a combination of online sessions.

The course covers financial management, strategies for growth and innovation, digital adoption and responsible business practices. It features inspirational business leaders and the opportunity to learn alongside local peers, with access to a national alumni network.

Learning style

Practical curriculum

Reasons to join

  • To develop a business growth plan uniquely tailored to helping you to lead and grow your business
  • To develop your leadership and management skills, enhancing employee wellbeing and engagement in the process
  • Recognise what drives productivity and growth in your market and understand what this means for your business.
  • To develop strategies to improve operational efficiency, saving time and money

Delivered by

Leeds Beckett Business School, Bradford Business School and Leeds University Business School.


The 12-week programme costs £750 and is 90% subsidised by the government.

To find out more and apply, visit the Small Business Charter website.

Who can apply?

Peer Networks and Help to Grow Management are open to all business leaders or decision-makers at small and medium-sized businesses that:

  • Have operated for at least one year
  • Have at least five employees
  • Have an aspiration to improve
  • Are committed to completing all sessions

Get in touch for advice or support

Get in touch with our Business Support Service and we can help you find the right support for your business needs. You can call us on 0113 348 1818 or email us for more information.