Heriot-Watt supports business owners through the Help to Grow program

The program, which is subsidised by the government, is designed to support businesses with economic growth

Are you the owner of a food or drink company in Scotland? Then why not check out Heriot-Watts latest course, designed to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Help to Grow, a UK government-supported program, is a 12-week programme designed to help businesses improve customer outreach, boost profits and help improve employment rates.

Heriot-Watt is one of only four business schools in Scotland delivering the program which is aimed directly at business owners and leaders. 90% per cent of the course's cost is subsidised by the government in a bid to make it as accessible as possible for a variety of business owners.

The course will include 50 hours of training which includes online seminars, in-person workshops at the business school as well as tailored one-to-one mentoring, designed to bolster your skillset.

Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, Professor Heather McGregor, said: “We’re delighted to be delivering the Help to Grow Management programme as it reflects our ethos of offering accessible business education. “The fact that the programme is 90% subsidised by the Government gives SMEs the unique chance to access some of the best role models in the country through the mentoring element, a huge network of contacts and world-class business education that will enable them to plan and achieve sustained business growth, for less than the price of a Mac Book.”

This is not the only business initiative that the university has supported. Heriot-Watt has also teamed up with Innis & Gunn to bring a brand new brewery to Heriot Watt's research park, the first to be built in Edinburgh in over 150 years.

The planned brewery, which was approved by the Edinburgh council this year, will not only increase Innis & Gunn's production levels but also provide vital work experience to students at the university undertaking brewing and distilling courses.

Further collaboration between the two is also being considered which could lead to research in low carbon brewing technologies, packaging innovations, and new product development.

Lynda Johnstone, Global Director, Estates and Facilities at Heriot-Watt University added: “When fully operational, this will provide a significant benefit for the students taking our Brewing and Distilling courses, as well as offering many opportunities for us to work together to take advantage of the low-carbon and environmental sustainability expertise we have within the University. This is a great addition to the Research Park which is already recognised internationally as a centre for high calibre science and engineering research.”

The university is now excepting applications for the first cohort of the Help to Grow program which will begin on January 11th 2022. Interested in taking part in the program? Click the link to find out more or apply!

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