New AMBS partnership to support SME post-pandemic recovery

Open SME is part of Greater Manchester Leadership Hive, a new resource for small business owners who want to grow their business and become more profitable. Delivered by Greater Manchester’s leading academic business schools and the Business Growth Hub, the Leadership Hive brings together the best leadership and management training available in the region in one place.

Joanne Roney, Senior Managing Director of Economics and Business at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), said: “The launch of Open SME is fantastic news for SMEs in Greater Manchester.

“The program takes the wealth of knowledge and expertise that exists in our world-class business schools and makes it available to the wider business community. Open SME is free and easy to access, with modules completed at a pace that suits you.

“SMEs will contribute to Greater Manchester’s economic recovery from the pandemic, so it is essential that we find creative and effective ways to support them. Our economic vision for Greater Manchester includes helping small businesses grow, wherever they are based, so that we can build a greener, fairer and more prosperous city-region. We encourage all business leaders who could benefit from Open SME to contact us for more information.

Open SME is an online portal for business owners and managers to work through multiple modules in finance, digital, and markets and models at their own pace.

Universities will work closely with referral and delivery partner GC Business Growth Hub and draw on top experts from all partners to develop content.

Sustainability and inclusivity will be mainstreamed throughout the program, keeping in mind Greater Manchester’s 2038 carbon neutral target.

Janine Smith, Director of Business Growth at GC Business Growth Hub, said: “Many SMEs have endured a difficult few years and the business environment is still challenging, so it is only right that we do all we can to support them as they navigate their businesses through unfamiliar/changing business landscapes.

“We are truly delighted to work with Greater Manchester’s outstanding business schools to apply their knowledge and expertise; helping Greater Manchester’s SMEs and, in turn, benefiting the wider city-region economy.

“Through delivering on-demand training aimed at increasing productivity, profitability, resilience and sustainability, the Greater Manchester Leadership Hive and Open SME will provide the best leadership and management support Greater Manchester can offer. .”

the online portal will be launched on May 5, 2022.

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