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Growing Inclusive - Cohort 2

Date: 9th June 2022
Location: Zoom
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Theme: Start a business, Leadership & Mentoring, People, Skills & Talent

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We understand the desire for SMEs to learn how equality, diversity and inclusion impacts their businesses, suppliers and customers. We also understand it can be difficult to know where to start in making practical, effective steps to face these challenges.

This four week, peer-supported programme will give you the knowledge, skills and practical tools you need to make a difference to your business, helping you understand your role in inclusive leadership, change management and process improvement. 

You will learn to:

  • ENGAGE - How to get ready for and lead change? 
  • EDUCATE - What is diversity and inclusion and why is it important for your business?
  • EMPOWER - How to implement change and how to record progress?
  • ENHANCE - How to build sustainable improvements into your inclusion journey?

You will be provided with expert advice from industry leaders as well as building a cohort of peer support throughout the programme.

Prepare to be challenged, prepare to recognise obstacles on your EDI journey and prepare to overcome them.


Attendees will build their confidence in addressing complex conversations, developing skills in identifying and addressing inequalities in business. 

This will include EDI focused: Audit, Roles and Responsibilities, Goal Setting, Planning, Communication, Implementation, Data Collection, Reporting and Sustaining inclusive growth.

Programme dates are as follows:
Session 1: Engage, June 9th 2022, 09:30 - 12:30
Session 2: Educate, June 16th 2022, 09:30 - 12:30
Session 3: Empower, June 23rd 2022, 09:30 - 12:30
Session 4: Enhance, June 30th 2022, 09:30 - 12:30

This workshop will be led by Hannah Cotton.

Hannah Cotton
Hannah Cotton has over 17 years experience of using analytical tools to drive strategic and operational improvements, with a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion. Her TEDx #KillerStereotypes outlines how we must bring *everyone* on the journey, learning to recognise and remove barriers to progress. Her intersectional allyship expertise has supported large and small businesses alike, promoting the notion that we must lead ourselves in order to lead others — from the shop floor to the C-suite.



Our Workshops are part-funded by European Regional Development Fund. The workshops are delivered free of charge to participants; however, as they are fully-funded, they are classed as state aid to participating businesses and are subject to state aid rules.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Business based in Greater Manchester.
  • Annual Turnover less than 50 Million Euro OR Balance Sheet less than 43 million Euro.


Where is it?

This event will take place on Zoom.

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