The Business Growth and Development Programme

Cranfield School of Management

Business Growth and Development 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.

KEY BENEFITS

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!

CORE CONTENT

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.

DELEGATE PROFILE

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.

DIRECTORS

Stephanie Hussels
Veronica Burke

Leaders

Marihelen Esam
Mark Kelly


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

The best way to find out about the BGP is to come along to one of our FREE Briefing Events - register your place

Duration:

BGP is a six module programme consisting of four residential modules plus Presentation Day and Progress Review

Dates:

September 2014 Programme FULLY BOOKED
Module 1: 12-13 September
Module 2: 26-27 September
Module 3: 10-11 October
Module 4: 24-25 October 
Business Plan Review: 5 December
Progress Review: 12 June 2015 

January 2015 Programme
Module 1: 16-17 January
Module 2: 30-31 January
Module 3: 20-21 February
Module 4: 6-7 March
Business Plan Review: 17 April
Progress Review: 18 September

For further information contact:-

Beth Duff
+44(0)1234 754880
E-mail 

What Participants think...

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

Lara Morgan, Pacific Direct

"My initial programme (Essential Management) with you has already made a big difference to my business, and I am really looking forward to starting BGP. Signing on to your programmes was the best business decision I have made in a long time! "

Richard Olley, Kingswood Training

"Joining the Cranfield University BGP has been an ‘eye opening’ journey to ways in which we can grow and develop our company allowing us to place our business in a very strong and sustainable position moving forward. We have gained a great deal of invaluable experience from the course.

Just by putting into action the ideas we gathered at the initial Briefing session before the programme started, more than covered the cost of the BGP programme itself."

Martyn Curley and Steve Oldbury, bidwriting.com

"We’re busily applying our BGP learnings and we’re hiring good people who fit, so the future is not only bright, everyone understands what we want and is helping build it. The atmosphere’s great!"

Mark Dendy,Excitation Ltd

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