10,000 Small Businesses is a unique, practical programme designed to help the leaders of established small businesses and social enterprises define and achieve their business growth aspirations. The programme equips you with tools and support to help you overcome a range of obstacles and lay the foundation for long-term sustainable growth and job creation in your community.

It is fully funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Programme Overview

During the programme you will develop and start to implement a personalised growth plan specific to your business with support from:

  • Approximately 100 hours of high quality, practical business and management curriculum, delivered over 12 sessions between February 2015 and July 2015 in Manchester. These sessions help you to develop the practical skills and knowledge that small business and social enterprise leaders need to grow their businesses. The sessions focus on action-based learning which can be applied immediately, and are delivered by a combination of practitioners and experts who have extensive practical experience working with, and understanding the needs of small business leaders.
  • One-on-one expert business advice from your dedicated Programme Tutor who will help you translate the issues covered in the curriculum sessions into your business, identifying areas of focus for business improvement, and helping you to define and implement your tailored Growth Plan.
  • Specialist workshops on growth topics of interest and relevance to the programme participants. These are delivered by practitioners with extensive expertise in the subject area.
  • Networking and peer learning opportunities. We understand that being a business leader can be lonely, therefore a crucial feature of the programme is the unique networks it helps to create. As leaders of small businesses and social enterprises from a wide range of industry sectors, programme participants offer complementary strengths, knowledge and skills to the collective group. The course is taught in a collaborative setting that builds on the real-world experiences of the participants and maximises  opportunities to create and enhance valuable networks.
  • Help to access suitable finance through working with relevant organisations.
  • Alumni services following graduation from the programme. Participants have the opportunity to participate in workshops, seminars and networking events as part of building a broader community of high growth small businesses and social enterprises.
Curriculum Sessions

There are 12 sessions, each running from 13.00 to 20.00 in Manchester. These practical sessions help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to grow your business or social enterprise. These sessions are:

  • Orientation: 4th February 2015
  • Module 1A and 1B : 11th & 12th February  You and Your Business
  • Module 2 : 4th March  Growth and Opportunities
  • Module 3 : 18th March  Money and Metrics
  • Module 4 : 1st April  You are the Leader
  • Module 5 : 22nd April  Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Module 6 : 6th May  It’s the People
  • Module 7 : 20th May  Marketing and Sales
  • Module 8 : 17th June  Strategic Growth Through Operations
  • Module 9 : 1st July  Finance for Growth
  • Module 10A and 10B : 15th & 16th July Putting it all Together

Application Date: 14th November 2014 is the final deadline for applications. Interviews are being held in Manchester on 6th January 2015.