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September Programme (Tuesdays): Funded Workshops, Cheshire & Warrington Business Growth Programme

Have you been trading for over 12 months? Are you struggling to grow your business? Are you wondering what is holding back your business growth?

This 12-session, online programme supports business owners who have set up a new business, worked hard to stabilise it, and are now looking for ways to grow.

We run our sessions in small groups to help entrepreneurs build a support system of people who are also business owners and understand the pressures and strains that it brings.

As part of this programme, you’ll attend a series of workshops and growth groups. At the growth groups, you’ll bring along a real-world problem facing your business and your group will support you to find solutions that you can action.

The sessions are spread out to give you time to embed the things you’ve learnt – and because we understand that, as the boss, taking a whole week out of the office in one go isn’t sustainable for your business!

Group size for this programme tends to be between 10 and 15 people.

Find out more and apply for the fully funded workshops

Who is the programme for?

Perhaps you're an ‘accidental entrepreneur’ – you've inherited or taken over a business, and aren't feeling confident about the next steps. Perhaps you had a brilliant two years in business but now you're struggling to grow your company and are feeling stuck. Perhaps you're on the cusp of a big decision (taking on new staff for example) but you've reached the limit of your business knowledge and need support to get under the bonnet of your business and work out the next steps.

It's a business support programme to help you look at how to develop your business in a sustainable and achievable way. 

It's a reflective course: we’re here to help you understand what the problems are, and what’s holding you back. And to help you find a way out of the situation so that you can develop your business.

You'll also be based in Cheshire or Warrington and have been trading for over 12 months but under 3.5 years.

What will you learn?

By the end of the three months, we’ll have covered:

  • How to build systems that can grow with your business

  • The value proposition of your business (how you talk to your customers)

  • Marketing your business (how you use your customer knowledge and then talk about your offer to people)

  • Entrepreneurial mindset and leadership (exploring you as a business owner) 

  • Financial management

  • Business Model Canvas (a flexible business model creation tool that you will take away with you and adapt as your business grows. It breaks down your business into nine easily understandable parts that show you which aspects need immediate attention)


You’ll usually return for a Reflection Day one month after the last workshop. This is to reflect on how your business has changed over the weeks, reconnect with your group, and to work through any new issues that have arisen.

Hear from small business owners who have joined our Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme.

Fully funded workshops for eligible small businesses 

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

The programme is fully funded for eligible companies that:

  • are based in Cheshire and Warrington

  • are small to medium-size enterprises (less than 249 employees)

  • have potential to grow

Workshop dates

Pre-launch session on Tuesday 7 September (9.30am - 11am); introduction on Tuesday 8 September(9.30am - 1.30pm)


The programme typically runs on Tuesdays, with the final session on Tuesday 23 November. Please see the full workshop dates here.

If you can’t make these workshops, please do get in touch and we’ll let you know when the next sessions are running.

Email the team at Manchester Met via email at

Apply to join the September workshops here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 9:30 am - Tuesday, November 23, 2021 1:30 pm
United Kingdom
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