The SME sector is a key driver of growth in the economy. As a finance professional, you have a key role to play in this.

Whether working in a finance or leadership role in an SME, or as a trusted business advisors to SME clients, this pathway will enable you to take a professional approach to developing and executing a growth plan.

Along with your fellow participants, you will be learning how to create a dynamic and achievable growth plan, analyse a sector and an organisation's place within it, understand your own sources of competitive advantage, generate innovative ideas and plans, size them, resource them, and deliver them.

This learning pathway will address the three key challenges an SME must face in creating dynamic and sustainable growth:

  • Planning: creating a credible but dynamic growth plan
  • Resourcing: putting in place the necessary resources to deliver the plan
  • Delivering: managing and delivering the plan

Key information

  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Weekly study: 1 hour
  • Start date: in session
  • Use code ACCA101 at checkout for 10% discount

Programme outline

The programme has been split into different topics, which will be covered each week of the course.  

  • Programme outline

    1. Planning and personal skills audit

    2. Why produce a plan?

    Creating a growth plan

    3. Developing a growth plan

    4. Your customers' views

    5. The competitive environment

    6. Market size and growth potential

    7. Value chains

    8. Deciding on your plan

    9. Finding inspiration: innovation

    10. Finding inspiration: new ideas

    Resourcing the plan

    11. Financing the plan

    12. Leadership style

    13. Aligning the organisation

    Making it happen

    14. Communicating the message

    15. Presenting ideas

    16. Managing the plan

    17. Measuring progress

    18. Dealing with problems

    19. Revising the plan


    20. Wrap-up, reflection and planning

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Disclaimer: This course is available for ACCA members, you may need your ACCA membership number to complete your booking. This course and outline is provided by a third-party course provider. All course bookings are subject to the terms and conditions set by the course provider. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms and conditions. ACCA takes no liability for bookings made with third-party suppliers.