Leading Growth is a proven six-month leadership and management programme for Tees Valley SMEs.  Part of the suite of programmes on offer from Teesside University Business School, it aims to develop the mindsets, skills and networks of business leaders to help them on their journey to growth.

This fully-funded* practical programme,  developed in conjunction with local business people, has a proven track record for its unique and tailored approach.

Offering an innovative approach to learning, it combines a range of learning experiences including: an overnight residential, site visits, think tanks with expert facilitators and action learning sets.

You will meet and learn with a range of different businesses from around the region. The opportunities for networking will allow you to enhance your leadership and management skills, improve your confidence, enable a more strategic approach to business, and improve your delegation and communication skills. What’s more, you will be able to access our extensive support networks.


The elements of the programme combine both formal learning and practical learning allowing for a high level of interaction between you and the Leading Growth team, but most importantly between you and your fellow cohort members. The peer-to-peer learning plus, the combined knowledge and experience of the Leading Growth cohort, is truly one of the programme’s strengths.

There is a strong emphasis on reflective learning. You will be encouraged to take away actions, to implement new ideas in your business and to reflect on these, before sharing your experiences with fellow participants. You will also be given a reflective journal and invited to record your thoughts, feelings and progress throughout the programme.


‘Working with other people from different companies on the course and learning from them has been extremely helpful.’

Sarah Taylor, Office Manager at Techconsult UK

‘The course really helped me to understand myself and what motivates me. It also helped me to understand what it is that motivates other people and recognising that everybody has different needs.’

Marc Atkinson, Managing Director of National Safety Passport


*The Leading Growth Programme is funded by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is available to owners/managers of companies based in the Tees Valley, trading for more than one year with fewer than 250 employees. Further funding criteria apply, please contact us for more details.

Programme enquiries

Claire Cook

T: 01624 380468

E: business@tees.ac.uk


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