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Management Catalyst

Confident and effective leadership skills to inspire your teams

This fully-funded* programme has been developed specifically to support middle managers and aspiring managers of small businesses and social enterprises.

Middle managers of SMEs need a much broader skill set than those working in large organisations. They need to be able to take on a range of responsibilities to enable the wider team to carry out their work more effectively.

This also allows those at the top of the business to operate more strategically and drive the company forward. Having excellent managers gives business leaders confidence that their teams are working effectively, meaning they can plan for the future.

Management Catalyst aims to support SMEs to grow and thrive by developing and strengthening the skills and knowledge of their middle managers and team leaders.

The programme will encourage and support managers to develop:

  • Self-awareness
  • Commercial awareness
  • Smarter thinking
  • Leadership and management skills

Management Catalyst supports the development of delegates confidence, their abilities to reflect and learn from experience and their effectiveness in dealing with difficult situations.

Fundamental to the programme will be the peer-to-peer learning that comes from working with other like-minded people.

Who is it for

Management Catalyst is open to middle/senior managers who work in small businesses or social enterprises, and have a desire to develop as managers and future leaders.

It is important that as a programme delegate you have some degree of responsibility and autonomy so you are able to effectively implement your learning, and ideally you will have a team of individuals that report to you.

How you learn

Management Catalyst lasts three months, and on average, you will commit around two days per month. The programme employs an innovative integrated learning model, incorporating the following elements:

  • Three full day Think Tanks
  • Two half day Business Scrums
  • Five hours of business coaching

What you study

All sessions are 9am to 5pm (with the exception of the Business Scrums which are half days) and run from June 2021 to August 2021. Due to social distancing measures, the programme will be run online, via Zoom, until further notice.

Date Session
Wednesday 2 June 2021 Programme induction and welcome
Wednesday 16 June 2021 Think Tank One
Morning session: Leading and understanding yourself and others.
Afternoon session: Managing difficult conversations and dealing with difficult people.
Wednesday 30 June 2021 Business Scrum One
Wednesday 14 July 2021 Think Tank Two
Morning session: Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Afternoon session: Organisational Culture
Wednesday 28 July 2021 Business Scrum Two
Wednesday 11 August 2021 Think Tank Three
Morning session: Leading and managing through change.
Afternoon session: Consolidation event

Programme enquiries

Download application form


*The Management Catalyst programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is available to owner/managers of companies based in the Tees Valley, trading for more than one year and have between two and 250 employees.

We guarantee quality. All our business services carry the Customer First Standard, a quality mark recognising excellent customer service. And we can also help you source financial support.

Our business service charter sets out our commitment to a professional business service for all our clients.