Over 99% of all UK businesses are classified as small or medium sized enterprises – that accounts for some 5.7 million unique companies and organisations.

That’s why the SME community deserves a dedicated management development approach and the Red Thread Partnership has created a fully accredited and exclusive programme for the sector.

World Class SME is available online and is driven by the following primary goals.

  • Future proofing for the 21st century
  • Creates, adds to and realises the value of your enterprise
  • Offers both individual and team development options

Small Businesses have a huge amount to offer, they are agile and create more jobs than any other kind of organisation – they are the very fabric of our communities

Director General – English Chambers of Commerce
Examples of module activities from the World Class SME programme

Built to Create, Add To and Realise The Value of Your Enterprise

We’ll help you and your colleagues to think and work like 21st century leaders and managers.  You’ll discover how to set realistic goals, optimise your time and achieve better results more quickly.

The most successful SMEs take advantage of the adaptability and flexibility inherent in being smaller– because of this the Red Thread Partnership approach uses a blended learning approach including the use of:

  • Video
  • Guided activity
  • Interactive assessment
  • Workbooks

Future Proofs Your Business for the 21st Century

Tools acquired through 12 modules will assist your managers to better understand their role, to improve both internal and external communications – and will help to drive up operating effectiveness and productivity.

Read more about the 12 modules in this e-brochure

And there’s more…. World Class SME from the Red Thread Partnership comes with a custom-built set of powerful analytics that allows your senior leadership team to scrutinise how managers are using the system.  Crucially, it also reveals what they are feeling and how they are responding, through a reporting suite that carefully balances insight with learner confidentiality.

Offers Individual and Team Development Modules

Small enterprises rely on the outstanding abilities of key individuals, working within the SME team ethic. In addition to the core modules, therefore, we strongly recommend adding in group application coaching sessions.

Run for 5 to 12 Managers, either online or in person, these sessions ensure that the learning process moves from online into the everyday practice of the business, delivering results and pleasing your customers and key stakeholders.

The Red Thread Partnership World Class SME is fully accredited, awarding 12 CPD points and, if you want things done a little differently, it can be simply and easily customised to your business without losing this important level of formal recognition.

World Class SME prices start from:

  • £199 + VAT for 1-50 licences
  • £179 + VAT for 50+ licences
  • £499 for 2 hours of face-to-face or web-based coaching support

For purchase of 1-5 licences, please complete the order using PayPal below. For purchase of 5 licences or more, please download and complete the following Booking Form

Email for further details: [email protected]

World Class SME is also available to purchase through Amazon.


Quantity of licences

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My experience of the course was nothing but positive, really useful hints and tips and delivered in a way that makes total sense. I will be able to take a lot of relevant information from the course and implement it into my management style. The modules are not time consuming at all and which is good as I didn’t have to take that much time out of the day, also in my experience there is nothing worse than having to try and take in lots of information for an extended period of time. I would highly recommend the course.

Reservations Manager, Vehicle Rental Company