New AMBS partnership to support SME’s post-pandemic recovery

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

Joanne Roney, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Lead Chief Executive for Economy and Business, said: “The launch of Open SME is fantastic news for SMEs in Greater Manchester.

“The programme 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 of charge and easy to access, with modules completed at a pace to suit you.

“SMEs will help drive Greater Manchester’s economic recovery from the pandemic, so it’s vital that we find creative and effective ways to support them. Our Economic Vision for Greater Manchester includes help for small businesses to grow, wherever they are based, so that we can build a greener, fairer, more prosperous city-region. We encourage all business leaders who could benefit from Open SME to get in touch to learn more.”

Open SME is an online portal, allowing business owners and managers to work their way through several modules in the areas of finance, digital and markets and models at their own pace.  

The universities will work closely with referral and delivery partner GC Business Growth Hub and will draw on the best experts from all partners to develop the content.

Sustainability and inclusivity will be embedded throughout the programme, with Greater Manchester’s 2038 carbon neutrality goal in mind.

Janine Smith, Director of Business Growth at GC Business Growth Hub, said: “Many SMEs have endured a tough couple of years and the business environment is still challenging, so it’s right that we’re doing all we can to support them as they navigate their companies across unfamiliar/changing business landscapes.

“We’re really excited to be working with Greater Manchester’s outstanding business schools to apply their knowledge and expertise; helping SMEs across Greater Manchester, and in turn benefiting the city-region’s wider economy.

“Through the delivery of on demand training that aims to increase productivity, profitability, resilience, and sustainability, the Greater Manchester Leadership Hive and Open SME will provide the best leadership and management support that Greater Manchester can offer.”

The online portal will launch on May 5, 2022.

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