Business Growth Programme (BGP)

Cranfield School of Management

Business Growth Programme

Designed specifically for the development of owner-managers, the Business Growth Programme helps you create the future you want for your business and for yourself. This programme provides a unique opportunity for you to step back from the day-to-day demands of running your business. By the end of the programme you will have developed a comprehensive and robust strategy and plan for the future.


The benefits you achieve from your BGP experience will depend on your particular situation. Typical benefits that past participants have achieved:
  • Faster and more managed growth
  • A more valuable business
  • A robust and rigorous plan
  • More confidence, more focus, more energy
  • An exit plan
  • Improved profitability
  • Greater clarity over their personal goals and drivers
  • More effective leadership and improved management skills
  • Greater confidence in the future
  • Less stress, more time off and more fun!


BGP is the UK’s longest running and most successful programme for the development of owner-managers. It has been running with great success for 25 years and has helped over 1,500 owner managers achieve their business and personal ambitions.

BGP is centred entirely on the reality of your business – your current challenges, your opportunities, your future goals and ambitions. Because of this, the benefits you gain will be unique to you.

Businesses which participate in BGP grow sales and profit more quickly than their peers and grow more quickly after the programme than they did before.

How does it work?

BGP is built around a core process whereby each individual participant develops their own growth strategy for their own business and a plan to implement that strategy.

To enable this, BGP consists of a simple yet rigorous structure, comprising of three key blocks of strategic thinking:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where are we going?
  • How do we get there?

Within each of these blocks, we have a particular focus on four themes:

  • Markets
  • Money and Measures
  • Management
  • Me
BGP is a modular programme that allows you to continue to run your business while you participate. The main part of the programme runs over 11 weeks. During that time, there are four two-day modules here at Cranfield. In between the modules, you will be working on developing your own strategy for your business and you will be making immediate improvements. Five weeks after the fourth module is Business Plan Review, where you will present your strategy and plans to a panel made up of the BGP team and independent advisors. About six months later we reconvene for Progress Review Day when we review actual progress against your plan.

Throughout the programme, you will be supported by an experienced BGP counsellor who works with you on a 1-1 basis, and within a small group, to ensure that you get the maximum value from your BGP experience.

BGP is the UK's the most successful and longest-running development programme for owner managers and MD's.


Owner-managers of businesses that have been in operation for at least three years and have a turnover of between £0.5m and £20m. In some circumstances, BGP is also appropriate for managing directors of privately owned businesses who have strategic control but not necessarily an ownership stake.


Veronica Burke 

  • 29 June 2016 - 08:30 - Birmingham, CV7 7HR
  • 06 July 2016 - 18:00 - Le Meridien, Piccadilly, W1J 0BH

The best way to find out about BGP is to come along to a FREE Business Growth Briefing event - register your place now



BGP is a six module programme consisting of four residential modules plus Business Plan Review and Progress Review


May 2016 Programme
Module 1:  6-7 May 
Module 2:  20-21 May
Module 3:  10-11 June
Module 4:  1-2 July 
Business Plan Review: 2 September 
Progress Review: 4 February 2017 

September 2016 Programme 
Module 1:  9-10 September
Module 2:  23-24 September
Module 3:  14-15 October
Module 4:  4-5 November 
Business Plan Review: 9 December

Progress Review: 16 June 2017  

For further information contact:-

Karen Hetherington
+44(0)1234 754312

BGP in the News

What Participants think...

"BGP was worth every penny and I`m no longer flying by the seat of my pants!"

Lara Morgan, Pacific Direct

"You’ve got to take time out.  There’s never a good time.  You are always going to be busy as an owner-manager.

But making the commitment to take time out of the business, so that you can really focus your efforts will make you a lot more productive.”

Christina Bassadone, Guardian Angel Carers.

"The biggest single lesson you can take away is… it teaches you how to look for the answers."

Michael Wright, Riviera Tours (Holdings). 

"BGP has enabled me to build a future for my business, rather than a month-to-month headache, and has helped me understand what I need to focus on to keep myself happy."

Ian Makgill, Ticon.

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We challenge every BGP participant to recover
the cost of the programme before the programme finishes.

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