Alliance Manchester Business School - AMBS

Open SME

On-demand training for small businesses looking to improve, grow, and find solutions to their unique business challenges.

Open SME brings together some of the best minds from Manchester’s Universities, and provides invaluable support to small businesses to help unlock their true potential.

As an on-demand, cost-free programme, you can complete your learning at a time that suits you, whether that’s during your commute, at home over the weekend, or wherever you find five spare minutes.

Find out more about the Open SME programme:

Fully funded
Upcoming sessions:

Key information

Course topics

This programme will focus on building your existing skillset as well as identifying any areas for development which could take your small business to greater heights.
The key modules include:

  • Finance – The power of understanding your finances
  • Digital – How to maximise for the digital future
  • Markets – Staying up to speed with the ever-evolving business landscape
  • People – How to create and retain high-performing teams

This programme doesn’t take a ‘one size fits all’ approach. You can choose to tailor your learning by completing a short self-assessment which will identify your strengths and areas for improvement, so you can focus on building your skills, and avoid wasting time on areas you are already familiar with. 

How you learn

By signing up to this course, you will learn at your own pace, wherever and whenever suits you.

Funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Business Growth Hub, and delivered by Manchester’s most reputable universities, you’ll gain access to skills, knowledge, and insights which will help you thrive in today’s competitive business landscape.

How you benefit
  • Convenience – Access industry leading knowledge and support anytime, anywhere, through your mobile, tablet or laptop
  • Practical learning – Tackle the all-important questions for small businesses, through exploring the latest research, real-world experiences, and frameworks that can be applied directly into your business
  • Expertise – Hear from some of the most esteemed business minds in Manchester who will share their best practices for small business success
  • Flexibility – Tailor your learnings to suit your specific business needs by crafting your own route through the programme by focusing on the skills you need the most
  • Cost-free learning – Thanks to funding from GMCA and the Business Growth Hub, gain access to invaluable resources and expertise free of charge, eliminating financial burdens
Who should attend

Small business owners looking for bite-size solutions to their unique business challenges.

Featured blogs and news

Executive Education delegates in classroom

How professional development can help leaders navigate business challenges

Thursday, March 28, 2024 | Blog

Read more
Image of new Executive Education Managing Director Stuart Wells

Alliance Manchester Business School appoints new MD for Executive Education

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | News

Read more
Two people walking through an aisle in a warehouse filled with cardboard boxes and other materials

Strategies for supply chain resilience: Adapting to challenges in the 21st century

Thursday, March 14, 2024 | Blog

Read more
EGA delegates engaging in teaching

AMBS' apprenticeship provision rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 | News

Read more
A pair of hands placing post-it notes on a board in order to make a plan for a project

Navigating Innovation: 5 critical questions that every leader should consider

Thursday, February 22, 2024 | Blog

Read more

Quick links