Leadership and management training for SMEs CLOSED


Ensuring the workforce has the right leadership skills to support current and future growth of SMEs across D2N2 is a key priority, particularly where it considerably improves the productivity of local businesses and generates more inclusive employment practices. The activity will support key staff and leaders to effectively plan the skills, recruitment and retention needs of their business, improve the productivity of their workforce and ensure their future workforce needs can be met in times of low unemployment, including through adopting more inclusive recruitment practices.

The call will concentrate on leadership and management training, business productivity, skills needs and succession planning. Every business is different, and training needs to be flexible to respond to these differing circumstances. We wish to ensure that support through this call is also tailored and relevant to support women-owned and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) owned businesses through this call and female and BAME employees.

We are keen to look at innovative and sustainable models of delivery. Activity should link with the D2N2 Growth Hub and should where possible support scale-up businesses.

For more information and to download the call specification, visit the website.

Information workshops took place in December to support organisations interested in applying for this call - view the post event page for the workshop presentation.

Closing date for applications is February 2nd 2020.

Investment Priority

ESF Investment Priority 2.1: Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning

ESF investment

Approximately £ 1,778,187 of ESF is available.



Link to call documentation

For more information and to download the call specification, visit the website.

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.

Call-specific strategic documents

ESF Operational Programme 2014-2020

D2N2 ESIF Strategy

D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan 2019-2030


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