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Professional course

SME Director Development Programme

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
five individual days over a six month period
Course director:
Lynda Williams

Page last updated 9 January 2017


As a Director we know that your time is valuable and that you, and your workforce are the biggest assets to your company.  

In response to a recent research project into SME barriers to growth, we have developed a short, tailored and highly practical professional training programme for you, based around five single day workshops, spread over six months. 

Hot topics identified include: 

  • Strategic planning
  • How to achieve sustainable growth
  • Access to finance
  • Managing change
  • Effectively dealing with conflict
  • Succession planning
  • New media and more productive routes to market.

Each session is led by an established commercial practitioner and an academic with research expertise in the field.  Following a pre-course diagnostic session to confirm some of your own challenges, you will practically look at key areas of business with the objective of gaining the competitive edge.

This professional short course will give you an opportunity to network with fellow Directors from different sectors, share best-practice and tackle some of the major challenges that you currently face.  We guarantee that taking this time out from the day-to-day running of your company will be worth it - you will be able to apply the learning as soon as you step back into your organisation.

You will develop practical skills and knowledge that you can apply to projects within your company.  In between the sessions, you will have access to advice and guidance from our business practitioners and academic staff, to help you, as you start to embed new approaches or ways of working into your company culture.

You will have the opportunity to attend the well-known Distinguised Address series and a 1:1 session to debrief, gain feedback and agree some further actions regarding your own professional executive development.

Careers / Further study

As an approved ILM centre, we are one of only three UK universities to offer up to Level 7 (postgraduate) management training.




Course Structure

The course covers the following key areas on our intensive day sessions:

  • Corporate Governance and Strategy
  • Product Development, Marketing and Business Growth
  • Operational Finance and Law
  • People and Performance
  • Managing and Improving Business Processes and Systems

Key Partners Supporting the Course



Learning and Teaching

Each intensive day session will be run by an established business practitioner from the real commercial world and a research-active academic.  You will also have access to their help and advice in between sessions, to help you when you introduce the tools and techniques into your own organisation.


Professional accreditation

Upion succesful completion of the course, you will be eligable for an Institute of Leadership & Management development certificate.


We are part of the Small Business Charter which aims to help create a new era of growth, success and opportunity.


Study facilities

The course will be located at UWE Frenchay Campus, with parking included.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

£2,500 (an early bird discount of 15% is available for full bookings received eight weeks prior to the course start date)

All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments.

Course dates

We currently don't have dates schduled, please enquire using the form below.


Executive Development Centre , 2D77 , Frenchay Campus , UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on the number below.


Extra information

UWE hosts the Bristol Distinguished Address Series, and has featured influential speakers such as Sir Winfried Bischoff, Chairman, Financial Reporting Council  & JP Morgan Securities plc and Sir Richard Broadbent, Chairman of Tesco PLC.  You are welcome to register and attend the Address Series events.

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us via the online enquiry form above
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83770

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