The 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.
What will I get out of the programme?
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!
What is the programme about?
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 more than 23 years and has helped over 1,250 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:
- Money and Measures
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 Presentation Day, 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.
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Who is the programme for?
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.