Cranfield Business Growth Programme (BGP)

A Cranfield programme designed to meet the needs of business owners and managers

Cranfield Business Growth Programme BGP

The Worshipful Company of Farmers' John Beckett Scholarship Fund is proud to support the The Cranfield Business Growth Programme. The BGP has been been specifically designed by Cranfield to meet the needs of owners/managers of businesses. It has already been successfully running for 27 years and in 2017, for the first time, the Worshipful Company of Farmers will be sponsoring delegates to join the programme. 

Although not targeted specifically at agriculture - delegates come from a very diverse range of businesses and from all over the UK - agricultural delegates have successfully participated in the past – indeed the NFU Mutual sends a number of candidates every year.

The BGP is modular, run over eleven weeks and  consisting of four two day modules, followed five weeks later by a Presentation Day and six months later for a follow up Progress Review Day. You can access a copy of the Business Growth Programme prospectus here Business Growth Programme Prospectus 2017 and a typical work schedule for the elements of the programme that take place actually at Cranfield (much of the work is home based) here Business Growth Programme Typical Schedule Of Activities.

The theme of the course is very much individual development with the following learning themes – Where am I now? Where am I going? How do I get there? And there is a particular focus on the '4 Ms' -

Markets : Money and Measures : Management : Me

Participants also get on-going access to Cranfield as alumni and can join the BGP club which extends their participation beyond the supervised length of the course and provides continued access to a counsellor.

The Company plans to sponsor, through the John Beckett Scholarship fund,  its first delegates in 2017.

It is envisaged that alumni from both the Challenge of Rural Leadership and the Advanced Course in Agricultural Business Management would be potential candidates for this new course.

The 2018 Business Growth Programme

The 2018 BGP courses will be held in January, May and September.

Follow this link Briefing Dates to access the next round of  to enable you to assess your suitability for the course. Or to discuss it with Cranfield directly, contact Sharon Kennedy on or telephone 01234 758122.