The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Position your business for the future by joining the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth. Develop your leadership skills and build a targeted action plan for your business in the company of other ambitious business leaders"

The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth aims to support SMEs to grow by increasing their turnover and creating jobs within Coventry and Warwickshire and Greater Birmingham and Solihull. It is free of charge and offers:

  • Webinars taught by experts in SME leaderships and management.
  • One-to-one support to help you tackle your business challenges.
  • 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.
  • The opportunity to pitch your growth strategy to external finance experts.
  • Time to explore the strategic growth opportunities for your business.

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For further enquires, or to learn more about the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth contact Christian Byron: 0121 204 3225.

In response to the coronavirus programme delivery plans may have changed, if you are interested, please contact us via email and we will provide you with the most updated information. 

  • The programme is suitable for businesses that are in their early-stage with identifiable growth potential
  • The applicant (you) should be the founder or the CEO of the business, and be the person who is responsible for driving the growth of the business
  • Your business must have an operations address in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull or Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area
  • Your business needs to have been trading for at least 12 months and employ one FTE (this can be yourself)
  • Your business needs to be an SME as defined by HMRC and meet the De Minimis state aid criteria – received no more than 200,000 euro state aid in the last 36 months
  • Participants need to make a significant commitment of time and effort to engage with the opportunities provided and are required to attend all workshops.

The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth is fully funded jointly by Aston University and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Download and complete the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth application form

Save form locally (do not start completing the form until you have saved it). Complete form with as much detail as possible, once completed save and email to the Centre for Growth.

Apply now (commencing in September 2020) by emailing your completed application form to the Centre for Growth. Only a limited number of business leaders can be accepted onto the programme for each cohort, so do not hesitate to express your Aston Programme for Small Business Growth interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Planned Schedule Cohort 8 - Aston Programme for Small Business Growth - Positioning for the Future. Planned Schedule Cohort 8.

Webinars Date Time 
Induction Thursday 7th January 2021 TBA
Growth & Goals Thursday 21st January 2021 TBA
Opportunities & Innovation Thursday 4th February 2021 TBA
Pre-Finance Thursday 11th February 2021 TBA
Finance for the Business Leader Tuesday 23rd February 2021  TBA
Leadership Tuesday 2nd March 2021  TBA
Sustainable Business Tuesday 16th March 2021  TBA
Marketing Tuesday 23rd March 2021  TBA
Culture & People Tuesday 20th April 2021 TBA
Cashflow Tuesday 4th May 2021 TBA
Operations & Processes Tuesday 11th May 2021 TBA
Options for External Finance Tuesday 25th May 2021 TBA
Presenting Your Growth Strategy Tuesday 8th June 2021 TBA
Implementation Wednesday 14th July 2021 TBA

Please note: All dates and times are subject to change. A final list will be shared with shortlisted participants at the appropriate time. *Additional 60-minute group mentoring sessions will be delivered this week.

Download our brochure.

The next Aston Programme for Small Business Growth cohort begins in January 2021. Please contact the Centre for Growth to be one of the first to receive our latest key programme dates as soon as they become available.

Programme Procurement

erdfAston Programme for Small Business Growth procurement opportunities.

Business Mentors: We are recruiting for experienced business mentors to join the delivery team as part of a pool of mentors to be used across the project life until 2022/2023. Please see Contract Finder for more details.

Catering: We are recruiting for a catering company to deliver catering for all events, webinars and meetings for the life of the project. Please see Contract Finder for more details.

Aston Programme for Small Business Growth is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).