In a response to the challenges currently facing the county’s visitor economy, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Brookes Business School and Experience Oxfordshire have announced an exclusive, fully funded management programme designed to support visitor economy businesses post-pandemic.
The ‘Help to Grow’ management course combines a practical curriculum with one-to-one support from a business mentor, peer learning sessions and an alumni network. Businesses will benefit from modules created to enhance their strategic management capability including production of a growth plan building in resilience to future disruption; insights into using digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility; methods for improving employee engagement and introducing responsible business practices.
The course is fully funded, thanks to government funding and a fee waiver from Oxford Brookes University’s Business Support Fund. The course will run from 7 March to 13 June 2023 and is open to businesses who employ between 5 and 249 staff.
Hayley Beer-Gamage, Experience Oxfordshire’s CEO commented, “Experience Oxfordshire’s recent Economic Impact Study has highlighted a number of issues facing visitor economy businesses including staff recruitment and retention in the sector. By following this highly practical course, Oxfordshire’s businesses have a fantastic opportunity to step outside of their day-to-day activities and discover ways to improve their operations and invest in their teams. At the end of the programme, participants will have developed a growth plan for their business to help them release its potential. The course is valued at £7,500 and offers a fantastic opportunity as places are exclusively being offered fully funded to Oxfordshire’s visitor economy businesses. This collaboration with Oxford Brookes University is a great example of the partnership approach required to ensure Oxfordshire’s visitor economy continues to recover and thrive.”
Professor Tim Vorley, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School said, “We are delighted to be working with Experience Oxfordshire in delivering this exciting and proven development programme exclusively for the visitor economy industry.”
For more information and to register for the course, click here.