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Productivity through People

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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 leadershipcommunicationinnovation and people management.It immerses 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 future growth, 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.

The programme 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 Enterprise Partnerships.

  • Internal cultural adjustment
  • Dealing with the consequences of cultural change 
  • Piloting new initiatives 
  • Innovation seen as a guarantee of the future 
  • A strong sense of respect for every employee 
  • Listening to the workforce 
  • Empowerment of front line 
  • Genuine concerns for safety and for individual wellbeing 
  • 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 
  • Empowering Leadership: teams and traits
  • Innovation and Technology Adoption  
  • Enhancing employee engagement, culture and communication  
  • Internationalisation
Productivity through People is a national programme that has been subsidised by the private sector and received investment in the Midlands from Rolls-Royce plc and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.
You are asked to make a contribution of £2,500 per person, along with the time and enthusiasm to transfer the learning and practices back into your business.

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:

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 development.

What's involved

The programme is run as a series of masterclassesrelated industrial visits and one-to-one support from an experienced industry mentor, around these core themes:

The programme 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.

After graduating 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.

Places are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can also visit the Be The Business website for further background information about the programme and its aims

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