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Take your early-stage business to the next level by joining the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth. Develop your leadership skills and build a targeted growth strategy for your own business in the company of other ambitious business leaders.

Aston Business School is among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation, and since 2014 has also held the Small Business Charter reflecting its expertise in SME engagement. As part of the Business School, Aston Centre for Growth develops and runs leadership and management programmes dedicated to support the growth of SMEs, leads investment ready pitching competitions and provides start-up and incubation support to student businesses.

The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth is free of charge and offers:

  • Workshops taught by experts in SME leadership and management;
  • One-to-one support to help you tackle your business issues;
  • Networking with other early-stage business owners from the Midlands;
  • SME case studies from business leaders talking about their growth journey;
  • Guidance through the various external finance options available to you;
  • Opportunity to pitch your growth strategy to external finance experts;
  • Time to explore the strategic growth opportunities for your business.

The core of the programme is a series of nine one-day workshops taking place over six months which cover topics relevant to leaders of growing SMEs including:

  • Strategy and Business Models
  • Opportunities and Innovation
  • Managing Business Finances and Options for External Finance
  • Leadership, Culture and People
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Operations and Processes.

Workshops will predominantly be delivered in central Birmingham with at least one being delivered in the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire and The Marches regions.

Please click here to download a schedule of core workshop dates.

Click here to download an application form for the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth. Alternatively, you can click here for more information on the programme.

Last Updated: Monday, 25 September 2017 12:57

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