Case study - Newbury Building Society

Bristol Business School has worked with Newbury Building Society – one of the oldest in the UK – to create a tailored Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership.


Newbury Building Society, established in 1856, is one of the oldest surviving building societies in the UK, with total assets of around £675 million.


At a time of extreme turbulence in the world financial markets, and with the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Newbury Building Society’s senior management team needed to work closely together to develop a strategic vision. The main aim was to balance growth with financial stability, while developing team working at senior level.

Our solution:

We developed a tailored Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership, which was delivered on site to the eight members of the senior management team.

The learning took place over 18 months and critically, was based on real projects within the business. Close collaboration ensured that participants’ work was focused on tangible business outcomes.

This flexible programme was made up of a series of three day workshops, independent learning and assessment, and six Action Learning set meetings to help consolidate and deepen understanding.


Real organisational tasks and problems were analysed and progressed as part of the knowledge and theory gained in the modules.

The team gained improved communications and understanding of strategic leadership, and found ways for working on development issues through action learning.

The whole senior management team attended the programme, and five opted for, and successfully completed,  the Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership.

Want to find out more?

For further information on our services and programmes, or to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your needs, please contact the Bristol Business Engagement Centre (BBEC) and speak with a member of our team.

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