A blueprint for growth,
Productivity through People supports and invests in the business leaders who
will drive the future.
It provides access to the
latest management practices, thinking and research to drive productivity in SMEs.
By providing a framework
for new leadership styles, it helps bridge the gap between leaders and staff,
empowering the front-line workforce to improve efficiency and competitiveness
by directly solving business and customer problems.
Productivity through People is a programme for individual
owners or small teams of senior
leaders, sharing critical
insights for success through effective leadership, communication, innovation and people management.
you in hands-on case studies and provides a peer-group network so you can benchmark against best in class. It will help turn your business into a high
performance workplace, where efficiency will drive innovation and sustainable
helping your business become more
productive and more profitable.
Productivity through People is a national programme born
out of a unique collaboration between the public
and private sectors, and is designed to improve productivity growth
within the UK by helping SMEs embed High Performance Workplace Practices.
has been co-produced by Be the Business - an
industry-led alliance of trade bodies - world-class industry leaders BAE
Systems, Rolls-Royce and Siemens and leading UK business schools at Aston,
Bath, Lancaster and Strathclyde Universities, with support from Local
The Productivity through People (PtP) programme is designed to improve
productivity growth within UK SMEs by helping them embed High Performance
Workplace Practices (HPWP), which include:
- Internal cultural adjustment
- Dealing with the consequences of cultural change
- Piloting new initiatives
- Innovation seen as a guarantee of
- A strong sense of respect for every employee
- Listening to the workforce
- Empowerment of front line
- Genuine concerns for safety and for individual
- Move from command and control management style to coaching
of team and individual development
- Led from, and modelled by, the top leadership
- Effective, consistent and constant communication
- Strong celebration of successes
PtP starts by
establishing a peer network of 24 like-minded businesses, bench marking
each business against the key principles of HPWP, and creating an action plan
for changes and improvements.
At the end of the
programme, participants review the bench marking, measuring the success of
implementation and performance, before setting a new action plan for future
The programme is run
as a series of masterclasses, related industrial visits and
one-to-one support from an experienced industry mentor, around these core
- Empowering Leadership: teams and traits
- Innovation and Technology Adoption
- Enhancing employee engagement, culture and
revolves around the peer group of 24 businesses, encouraging leaders to instill
transformative methods of communication, reflection and adoption of new ideas,
with the overall objective of creating a high performance workplace with a
fully engaged workforce.
To become fully
immersed in the programme, delegates will spend 1-2 non-consecutive days per
month either at Aston Business School or on-site at
case-study business around the Midlands.
from the programme, participants will join the Productivity through People
alumni, a valuable network of individuals and events to support
their on-going learning and development.