Manchester Metropolitan University

Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme

Hoping to get a new idea off the ground? Ready to grow your business? Support for entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses who have been trading for over 12 months.

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Thinking about setting up a business?

Over three workshops, you’ll develop a business model specifically for your idea.

We’ll help you to work through issues from goal-setting to sales, from marketing to finances.  

Already trading but struggling to grow your business?

From bookkeeping to leading a team, we know developing your business can feel daunting.

Our programme aims to help you develop your business in a sustainable and achievable way. You’ll attend five sessions over three months, with support including one-to-one sessions and practical workshops.

Fully funded business support 

If you meet the eligibility criteria, there isn’t a cost for our business support as the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Programme Schedule

Starter: For people looking to start a business and companies trading for under 12 months

Day One

  • Introduction, and getting to know you session
  • Goal setting
  • Systems
  • Value proposition
  • Marketing

Day Two

  • Sales
  • Financial management

Day Three

  • Business Model Canvas
  • Reflection on the programme and next steps

Growth: For companies trading over 12 months

We begin with an induction and then you'll typically have workshops in the mornings and spend the afternoons ‘hacking’ your peers' business issues through our Action Hacking Sessions. 

Workshop 1: Value Proposition

Workshop 2: Finance

Workshop 3: Motivation & Leadership

Workshop 4: Marketing

Workshop 5: Business Model Canvas

Dates

Starter programme (for people looking to start a business and companies trading for under 12 months)

Cohort 2.3 (Venue: Carpe Diem, Warrington)

Session Date  Time
Day One

Monday 16 March 2020

9.30am - 4.30pm
Day Two Tuesday 17 March 2020 9.30am - 4.30pm
Day Three Tuesday 21 April 2020

9.30am - 4.30pm

Cohort 2.4 (Venue: TBC)

Session Date  Time
Day One

Tuesday 15 September 2020

9.30am - 4.30pm
Day Two Wednesday 16 September 2020 9.30am - 4.30pm
Day Three Tuesday 13 October 2020

9.30am - 4.30pm 

Growth programme (for companies trading over 12 months)

Cohort 2.4 (Venue TBC)

Session Date  Time
Foundation Day

Wednesday 1 April 2020

9.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop One: Value Proposition Tuesday 14 April 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group One Tuesday 14 April 2020

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Workshop Two: Finance

Tuesday 28 April 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group Two Tuesday 28 April 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Workshop Three: Motivation and Leadership Tuesday 12 May 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group Three Tuesday 12 May 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Workshop Four: Marketing Tuesday 26 May 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group Four Tuesday 26 May 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Workshop Five: Business Model Canvas Tuesday 9 June 2020  9.30am - 12.30pm
Reflection  Tuesday 9 June 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Reflection Day Monday 6 July 2020 9.30am - 4.30pm

Cohort 2.5 (Venue TBC)

Session Date  Time
Foundation Day

Tuesday 2 June 2020

9.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop One: Value Proposition Tuesday 16 June 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group One Tuesday 16 June 2020

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Workshop Two: Finance

Tuesday 7 July 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group Two Tuesday 30 June 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Workshop Three: Motivation and Leadership Tuesday 14 July 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group Three Tuesday 14 July 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Workshop Four: Marketing Tuesday 28 July 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group Four Tuesday 28 July 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Workshop Five: Business Model Canvas Tuesday 1 September 2020  9.30am - 12.30pm
Reflection  Tuesday 1 September 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Reflection Day Tuesday 29 September 2020 9.30am - 4.30pm

Cohort 2.6 (Venue TBC)

Session Date  Time
Foundation Day

Tuesday 22 September 2020

9.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop One: Value Proposition Tuesday 6 October 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group One Tuesday 6 October 2020

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Workshop Two: Finance

Tuesday 20 October 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group Two Tuesday 20 October 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Workshop Three: Motivation and Leadership Tuesday 3 November 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group Three Tuesday 3 November 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Workshop Four: Marketing Tuesday 17 November 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
Growth Group Four Tuesday 17 November 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Workshop Five: Business Model Canvas Tuesday 1 December 2020  9.30am - 12.30pm
Reflection  Tuesday 1 December 2020 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Reflection Day Tuesday 12 January 2021 9.30am - 4.30pm

 

Eligibility

The programme is fully funded for eligible companies that:
  • are based in Cheshire and Warrington
  • are pre-start (i.e. those wishing to start a business), new start-ups or SMEs
  • have potential to grow
If you have any questions about eligibility please contact Lisa Holmes (Project Support Officer) on 0161 247 6659 or email us at cfegrowth@mmu.ac.uk 

Hear From Our Graduates

Read what a number of our programme alumni have to say about their experience on the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme:

 

Claire Margerison - Independent Carers

Annabel Hannam - INTRO

Vicky Diamond - Rainbow Resourcing

Contact Details

Questions about the programme?  

From queries about our workshops to your eligibility, we're happy to answer your questions so please do get in touch.

You can contact Lisa Holmes, our Project Support Officer, via email or telephone.

Telephone: 0161 247 6659  

Email: l.holmes@mmu.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please email us at cfegrowth@mmu.ac.uk

Our address is:

Centre for Enterprise
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
All Saints Campus
Oxford Road
Manchester
M15 6BH
United Kingdom

  

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