There are 5.7 million SMEs in the UK which make up over 99% of all businesses. According to a recent study*, a fifth of workers (20%) don’t trust their managers. One of the main reasons for it is that they don’t feel supported at work (59%). People are often promoted in managerial roles but don’t necessarily have the tools to manage effectively!
This creates a real challenge to effective leadership, improving productivity and building successful businesses.
The GGI (creators of the acclaimed online World Class Manager programme) have recently signed a partnership deal with the Milton Keynes based consultancy The Red Thread Partnership to address these problems. Together they have created ‘World Class SME’ – an innovative, online programme of bite-sized learning, accessible on any device.
Built on best practices from 1000’s of great managers around the world, World Class SME enhances the performance of managers, teams and their organisation.
Wayne Clarke, the Founding Partner of the GGI said: “World Class SME is designed to help UK companies win in every competitive and global business world. It levels the playing field as we know that managerial strength is key to productivity, customer service delivery and profitability. We believe it is a 21st-century solution for today’s time-poor manager and cost-constrained world.”
The Red Thread Partnership is a leadership development company helping UK SMEs develop leaders, nurture and grow great teams. Freddie Guilmard, the Managing Director said: “This is another commitment from The Red Thread to be seen as a disruptor in the Learning and Development sector by enabling managers to get access to World Class content at an affordable cost.”
According to the survey conducted by Academy for Chief Executives, the number one issue for SME Businesses is the Quality of People – recruiting, retaining and developing employees, is seen as paramount. One way to boost productivity levels is by improving management quality. World Class Managers lead effective teams, create great working cultures, increase productivity and reduce absenteeism and employee turnover.
The online World Class Manager programme (a core component of World Class SME) is already being successfully used by some of the UK’s leading companies who are reporting improvement rates of over 95%.
*Study in The Culture Economy.