Design Leadership Programme

The Design Leadership Programme offers the public sector, businesses, and universities a bespoke package of support and coaching to help them use design to innovate and grow.

Find out moreon the Design Council website

Find out what you can get and if your business is eligible


Design Council


The Design Leadership Programme is open to UK-based businesses, the public sector and universities.

Additional information

The Design Leadership Programme is a subsidised programme offering up to 10 days of design and innovation-focused mentoring over a period of 6 to 18 months.

The programme helps you put design at the centre of your business strategy and will give you new skills and capabilities, boost competitiveness and speed up growth.

The programme will be tailored to fit your needs, and will help you to:

  • identify medium to long-term strategic business challenges
  • work out how to overcome these challenges
  • make sure projects and programmes move forward
  • make changes to your business
  • find specialist help and advice

The programme and costs are different for each business.

Most programmes cost between £2,000 and £10,000, and if your application is successful you’ll receive a subsidy which means you’ll only have to pay 50% of the cost.

Universities and science park based start-ups

You can also work with the Design Associates, if you manage university research projects in a Technology Transfer Office.

They will help you:

  • better shape your research ideas
  • identify and understand your users
  • understand where you can make the most impact with your projects

You will also get a structured programme of support to improve your skills, share knowledge and gain support from your peers.

For more sources of support see the Business Finance and Support Finder, the business support helpline in your area and Business Mentoring.


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