The six-month programme provides practical workshops taught by experts in SME leadership and management, and one-to-one support from an experienced business mentor.
Find out more here: www.aston.ac.uk/smallbusinessgrowth
And… Best of all it’s free!
The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is free for SMEs who have an operational address within the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull or The Marches (transitional area only… Telford and Shropshire) LEP regions.
Please, confirm your operational registered business postcode:
Thinking of applying?
Before you apply it would be really useful to learn more about you and your business so that we can distinguish if you are in fact eligible for the programme before you take the time to submit your application form.
(Unless, you are absolutely confident of course, then by all means submit your application straight away! And we’ll be in touch if we need any further information from you).
If you wouldn’t mind answering the following questions and email your responses to the addresses at the bottom of this page:
Please note businesses in retail or agriculture sectors are not eligible for this programme.
You’ll be pleased to know that the process of applying is really very simple. It should take approx. 30 minutes to complete the application form. By you completing the form it gives us an insight into the nature of your business and how you would like it to grow.
Cohort 3 Deadline Date
Closing Deadline : 25th October
Interview Date : 29th November
We are actively looking for businesses to apply for cohort 3 which will begin, January 2018. Cohort 3 Core Workshop Dates
Aston Programme for Small Business Growth is funded until March 2019 and we are looking to work with a total of 125 businesses in total.
We are proud to say that …
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. You can read some of the case studies here.
The Next Steps …
The Shortlisting Process…
Duration : 6-months
Workshops : 9 Workshops, usually fortnightly (mid-week)
Duration : Workshops currently run between 1pm – 7pm
Mentor : Up to 15 hours face to face, one-to-one support from an experienced business mentor
We understand that businesses usually find it useful to set-up in the morning and so, we give the leeway to enable this by starting the workshops later on in the day. If you feel differently, let us know, we take all feedback constructively and tailor each programme to suit the different group of businesses enrolled per cohort.
Core Workshops (Dates of each core workshop attached)
For more information and details on topics covered in the workshops please click here.
In addition to the workshops listed above, a small number of additional shorter workshops will be delivered across the duration of the programme. These workshops will provide additional value to the programme and some will be bespoke according to the cohort needs.
Want to find out more?
To book a phone meeting with a member of the team please send an email with a convenient date and time to suit you.
Vicci Hogan : Programme Engagement Manager
Direct Line : 0121 204 5023
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Office : 0121 204 3225
Email : email@example.com
APFSBG Breakfast Meetings
We have recently run breakfast meetings in each of our LEP regions (Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull and The Marches) to offer businesses that are potentially interested in applying for programme the opportunity to meet the team, hear in more detail what the programme entails, ask questions and receive application support.
Breakfast Meeting Date: To be confirmed.
If you are interested in registering your interest to attend a future breakfast meeting please send an email to the above email addresses.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and learning more about your business.