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Applications Open - Grow Your Business with Aston Programme for Small Business Growth

The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth has been developed to support early stage business leaders, to achieve sustainable growth through a series of workshops, one-to-one support and networking. It is fully funded by Aston University and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The six-month programme provides practical workshops taught by experts in SME leadership and management and one-to-one support from an experienced mentor. It is for SMEs who have an operational address within the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull or The Marches (transitional area only) LEP regions.

Open to SMEs and Social Enterprises, 28 business leaders from a range of sectors will complete the programme together, sharing their experiences and strategies, building a supportive network and working with an experienced business mentor to tackle any issues or challenges SMEs face as they grow.

We are now searching for SMEs and Social Enterprises who have been trading for at least 12 months and have at least one FTE employee (this can include yourself). The programme is suitable for business that are in their early-stage with identifiable growth potential.

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Application Deadline - 5th June 2017

Cohort 2, will commence in September 2017 until February 2018 where you will attend 9 workshops over the duration of 6 months. You will start working on your business straight away and will finish the programme with a growth strategy that you have written for your own business that will provide you with an action plan to achieve your growth goals

Find out more and to learn if you are eligible for this programme, click here.

Alternatively; you can contact the team by email or telephone for further discussions.

Tel: 0121 204 3225

Breakfast Meetings

We will be holding breakfast meetings at local growth hubs where you will learn more about the programme and how it supports early-stage businesses. One-to-One discussion and application support will be offered there and then on the day.

If you would like to express an interest, find out more and register your attendance then please contact Vicci (Programme Engagement Manager) at

Meeting Dates:

  • Coventry and Warwickshire - Thursday 25th May
  • The Marches - Friday 26th May
  • Greater Birmingham and Solihull - Wednesday 31st May
  • Black Country - TBC

All of the 2015 participants surveyed after completing the programme are anticipating significant growth in turnover with 60% expecting turnover growth in excess of 200% and 48% also projecting employee numbers to grow in excess of 200% by 2018.

Applications close for cohort 2 on 5th June 2017.

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