Aston Business Network


Next Date: Thursday 6 September 18:00 - 20:00

Aston Business Network - Conference Aston Courtyard Lounge, Aston Business School

Solving the Productivity Puzzle

The Aston Business Network is our regular networking event that provides an opportunity for local businesses to meet each other in  a friendly and informal setting.

Join our Aston Business Network event where Professor Mark Hart (Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston University and Deputy Director of the national Enterprise Research Centre), will be talking about routes to improving productivity and the benefits they bring to business longevity and growth.

By adopting High Performance Workplace Practices (HPWP), a business can become more productive and experience a lower turnover of staff. Getting the most from these HPWP strategies starts with the leadership - improving management capability within an organisation by just 0.1% can increase productivity by nearly 10% making businesses more efficient, more cohesive and more profitable.

We will also be launching the Productivity through People programme in the Midlands. Productivity through People is a national programme born out of a unique collaboration between the public and private sectors. It is co-produced by Be the Business - an industry-led alliance of trade bodies - world-class industry BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Siemens and leading UK business schools at Aston, Bath, Lancaster and Strathclyde Universities, with support from Local Enterprise Partnerships.

By providing a framework for new leadership styles, Productivity through People helps bridge the gap between leaders and staff, empowering the front-line workforce to improve efficiency and competitiveness by directly solving business and customer problems.


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Aston Business Network

Are you looking for an informative and enjoyable way of expanding your professional network?

The Aston Business Network is our regular networking event that provides an opportunity for local businesses to meet each other in a friendly and informal setting.

Hear an insightful and topical presentation from a guest speaker and network as we serve a selection of drinks and canapes.

Get well connected.


The Aston Business Network is our regular networking event that provides an opportunity for local businesses to meet each other in a friendly and informal setting, and hear from a topical guest speaker.

Join us from 18:00 for canapes, wine and soft drinks.

Network with local business people. Hear from a topical speaker. A friendly informal environment.

18:00 - Registration and welcome
18:30 - Guest speaker
19:30 - Networking with canapes and drinks

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Thursday 17 May 2018: Apprenticeships with impact

Aston Business School's Level 7 Senior Leader (Executive MBA) Degree Apprenticeship Open Evening

We welcomed prospective participants for this relaxed evening of wine, soft drinks and canapes in the Conference Aston Lounge area to discover the new kind of MBA for future leaders.

Levy paying businesses seek a valuable return on investment, by developing senior leaders who master the art of decision making and action based critical thinking. The Executive Apprenticeship MBA at Aston Business School is an apprenticeship programme with impact, benefiting the organisation from day one.

It will transform your senior managers who want to accelerate thier careers, by immersing them in the business, applying strategic thinking and teaching them to be enterprising in everything they do.

Apprentices will deliver high quality and more challenging work as they gain knowledge,skills and experience throughout the course. Your organisation will gain a confident and informed business leader.

The programme director Keith Schofield delivered an insightful presentation, with recruitment advisors and current degree apprentice participants available to answer questions and informal discussions.

Wednesday 21 February 2018: How Blockchain and AI are transforming industries 

We welcomed keynote speaker Rahul Rumalla, founder of Paperchain, to discuss the disruptive potential on Blockchain and AI. While the Blockchain movement is poised on removing intermediaries, AI is a rapidly evolving trend that provides predictive insights from massive amounts of data in order to make processes more efficient. Recent studies show that businesses recognise the importance of both emerging technologies, but do not know how to respond to this trend. The event explained both emerging technologies and explored specific use cases for the financial world, media & entertainment, the supply chain and the legal world.

Compere Raaj Shamji, Aston MBA alumni, led an interactive Q&A with a panel of experts and influencers from various sectors: 

-Ben Cooper, Group Innovation Manager, Pinsent Masons .

-Tim Kay, Director, KPMG 

-Dr David Hardman MBE, Chief Executive Office, Innovation Birmingham 

-Osemeke Mosindi PhD, Senior Digital Innovation Manager, HSBC

Wednesday 22 November 2017: Power of Connectivity 

Our guest speaker was Denise Morris, CEO and Founder of TAG Network Midlands, a networking community that celebrates and supports Trainees, Apprentices, Students, Intrapreneurs, Entrepreneurs, Graduates and Young Professionals across all industry sectors within the Midlands. Denise is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach and mentor who has worked for many years within the professional services sector. Her passion is working with individuals and helping them develop themselves personally and professionally. Denise shared  her story and experiences of 'The Importance Of Connectivity.

Wednesday 21 June 2017: True Gravity

The guest speaker for June's event was Bart (B.D) Dalton II, sharing insight into his True Gravity process. Author, business owner and guide, B.D. Dalton, spent 20 years building businesses in the US and UK to 1000 clients in a 4 year period in each country building million pound businesses. He learned so many tips and tricks and secrets and has written True Gravity to give you insights and save you from who B.D. calls Blackholes and other obstacles to your success. B.D. Dalton’s True Gravity presentation helped attendees focus their energy to get back the time and energy to do the things in business they want to do – and achieve more profits.

We were also be joined by Downtown in Business, a business club that provides leadership to the private sector, by articulating the views of its members to the public sector agencies that govern the city, and to create networking environments that would attract entrepreneurs, high growth companies and the regions big hitters.

Wednesday 23 November 2017: Business Branding 

Our first guest speaker was Lauren Bansal, general manager at ORB, Birmingham’s fastest growing branding agency. Lauren manages ORB’s operations and looks after their team of creatives, strategists and brand managers. Lauren was one of the finalists in the Marketing and Communications category of BYPY Young Professional of the Year 2016. Lauren shared her insights into the importance and benefits of branding and how companies can leverage their brands to grow their businesses.

Our second guest speaker was Dr Keith Glanfield. In collaboration, Dr Keith Glanfield, Aston Business School and Harris Interactive have taken a long hard look at what makes a brand relevant and sustainable in a modern day context. Keith presented the thinking and research foundations behind the brand sustainability model, to address the question, “How sustainable is your brand?”. In revealing the results of the hi brands™ research study, shared how measuring sustainability changes the way we think about category and sector success, along with how this new set of measures supports brand managers to manage and track future brand success.

Wednesday 22 February 2017: Small Business Growth

We welcomed the new Aston Programme for Small Business Growth cohort to Aston Business Network. Aston Centre for Growth presented the opportunities they provide small businesses for growth and development. The programme managers explained the cohorts journey ahead; developing their leadership skills and building a targeted growth strategy in the company of other ambitious business leaders.

The first guest speaker was programme alumnus Petra Gale, sharing her highlights of working with Aston University. Petra is an experienced corporate trainer, qualified executive and life coach with over 15 years of experience in commercial functions, both in the UK and globally. Petra has a passion for and thorough understanding of commercial strategy, focusing on talent development, quality standards and the successful achievement of organisational goals. Petra is qualified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor. She has project managed the implementation of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 in a number of environments and has seen these through successive audits. 

The second guest speaker was John Holder from Profit-Growth Unlimited. John will present Stop wasting money on ineffectual marketing, introducing you in a practical way to the fundamentals of marketing and the buyers journey. 

Further Information

The event will take place at

Aston Business School
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Please see Conference Aston for information according to your mode of transport.

Car parking is available at the Millennium Point multi-storey car park, which is situated opposite the University Campus. The car park charge £2.90 for 3 hours and £3.60 for 4 hours. The car park can be accessed via Jennens Road. If using a sat nav please use the following post code, B4 7AP. A precise description of how to drive to this car park and then walk to the campus can be found by clicking the following link.

For more information please contact Beth Sadler, Business Partnerships.