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Most successful business owners did not go to Managing Director School before starting their business!

This unique course is meant for busy owners of small and medium sized businesses. As a business grows business owners have to learn to play by a new set of rules. The obk MBA attracts successful and aspiring business leaders and managers who want to benefit from a formal training in areas of business analysis and development.

This is a highly focused course that covers the essential areas of business leadership and management as they apply to smaller businesses in just 30 hours. The monthly 3 hour sessions start at 8am and finish promptly at 11am. Each ‘MBA’ group is small and the sessions interactive and run over a calendar year, starting in January and ending in December.

Of course it is not a real Masters degree. People who attend this course are not looking for any recognised qualification, but for a better way to think about and run their business

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Who is this for

The course is unashamedly directed at the needs of owner-managers and their businesses. Many “graduates” send fellow team members to attend subsequent courses

What will you get from this course
You will get an understanding of the major disciplines required to run a successful business. You will cover:

  • Competitive strategy
  • Financial management
  • People management and leadership
  • Commercial law
  • And more…

There is a blend of theory and practical case studies using a variety of media. One session usually involves visiting a business to see how we how theories can be applied.

Contents list

  1. Leadership in a smaller business
  2. Leading change
  3. Understanding financial reports
  4. Understanding the difference between profit and cash flow
  5. Setting financial objectives
  6. The limitations of financial statements
  7. Measurement and management
  8. Choosing a competitive positioning
  9. Developing a competitive advantage
  10. Competitive Straddling
  11. Sources of differentiation
  12. Process innovation and differentiation
  13. Pricing
  14. The UK legal framework
  15. Contract Law and the Law of Torts
  16. Other commercial laws
  17. Meeting management
  18. Presentation skills
  19. Thinking and learning
  20. A way of managing and developing your people
  21. Intellectual capital – the source of all wealth
  22. Business valuations
  23. Investment appraisal techniques
  24. Strategy mapping techniques
  25. A conceptual framework for thinking about, re-designing and managing your business

Past attendees
The OBK MBA attracts successful and aspiring business leaders who want to benefit from a structured training in areas of business analysis and development. The course has been running since 2003 and over that time many business owners and their team members have “graduated” and have gone on to run better businesses.

Course format
The course takes place over a calendar year with 11 3-hour sessions. The sessions start early to allow you to be back in the office before lunch. Each session is designed to be highly interactive with places are limited to 12 people for each group.

Course leader
Paul Kennedy is a Chartered Accountant and has been providing business development consulting services to owner managed businesses for more than 15 Years. Paul continually studies why some owner managed businesses succeed while others fail and uses these insights when teaching this course. He has developed courses and seminars for various clients including Enterprise Agencies, Trade bodies, legal and accounting networks and firms, professional bodies and banks and regularly speaks to groups in United States, Australia, New Zealand as well as in the UK.

Other speakers

  • Michael Lane

A regular speaker at many legal and business seminars including the obk mba. Michael is a managing partner of Gisby Harrison Solicitors responsible for all operational and compliance issues for a business with 35 staff  – providing a direct “hands on” experience of the issues that face an owner managed business.  He provides commercial law advice to clients who range from multinational businesses to sole traders. Recommended by the Legal 500 as providing “sensible practical advice”.

Course cost

£2,850.00 + VAT

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