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Celebrating the future of leadership 3 August 18 More than 80 professionals attended a dinner to celebrate graduates from BPS Birmingham Future’s second Leadership Development Programme. Held in partnership with Aston Business School, the programme saw 28 participants develop core leadership skills during a series of monthly evening workshops on a range of topics.

Aston University praises high calibre of finalists for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2018 18  April 18 The Director of Aston University’s Centre for Executive Development, Terry Hodgetts, has praised the high calibre of finalists for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2018 (BYPY) ahead of the overall winner being awarded an MBA scholarship.

Aston Business School launches new MBA apprenticeship 17 April 18  One of the UK’s first cohorts of MBA apprentices have celebrated their first day on Aston Business School’s Executive Apprenticeship MBA programme – the same world-class MBA but paid for via the apprenticeship levy.

Financial stability: the importance of economic indicators 4 April 18  Governments must recognise results from structured economic indicators to ensure the best chances of financial stability, according to an expert at Aston Business School.

How brands are all about feeling part of a group 27 February 18  An organisation’s brand only really exists in the way that its staff and customers act as a group, according to an expert at Aston Business School.

Committee revealed for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2018 7 December 17  BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards reveals its 2018 organising committee and announces the date of next year’s event. The committee has been revealed for the 2018 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) Awards, taking place on Thursday 24th May at the ICC.

Regional partnership aims to bridge the skills gap 30 November 17  A new £3.3 million business skills and growth project has been launched with the aim of providing Midlands based companies access to graduate recruits, interns and project staff with the skills businesses need to grow.

Where do you start with choosing L&D for your business? 29 November 17  Aston Business School are keen to understand more about the decision making process of learning and development programmes in organisations. 

What strategies are used to exploit innovation? 29 November 17  Researchers at Aston Business School and Law School are investigating this topic to help understand the decision making that is currently being undertaken. 

Higher ‘switching costs’ help drive customer loyalty 13 October 17  Higher ‘switching costs’ help companies to retain customers and can even encourage them to spend more.

Why the customer’s not always right when changing brand images 28 September 17  Brands should consider turning themselves inside-out to achieve real change, rather than relying on what their customers think of them.

Birmingham 6th CSR Summit  21 August 17  This year’s Birmingham CSR Summit will be different; in addition to the main Summit session, delegates will have the opportunity to attend one or, depending on demand, more Pre-Summit Workshops.

Applications Now Open: Aston Programme for Small Business Growth 21 August 17  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.

Great leaders drive staff social responsibility 02 August 17  Effective leadership is crucial if an organisation is to achieve higher levels of staff social responsibility, an academic has claimed.

Brexit might not mean Brexit for British interest groups in the short term  25 June 17 An Aston University academic has predicted that Brexit will have little impact on most British ‘interest groups’ in the short-term.

Celebrating Leadership Success 13 June 17 More than 90 professionals attended a dinner to celebrate graduates from BPS Birmingham Future’s first Leadership Development Programme.

Why businesses need to protect their intellectual property and how you can use intellectual property information to improve innovation 22 May 17 Inventions, designs and trade secrets are all highly-valuable intellectual property rights (IPR), and businesses that don’t protect these assets are effectively acting as ‘charities’.

Meaningfulness at work: how to make staff feel they matter 22 March 17 Dr Luke Fletcher gave top tips on how managers can help make their staff feel more psychologically fulfilled at work.

Aston University is marking the annual National Apprenticeships Week with an event aimed at local businesses 22 February 17 On Thursday 9 th  March we will illustrate how degree apprenticeship programmes are a successful and cost effective way to increase skills within organisations.

Customers don’t often ‘love’ brands – they just want an easy life!   21 February 17  As consumers, we rarely love brands, but as long as they make our lives easy we are usually happy to carry on using certain products and services.

Managing feedback addiction 9 February 17  Last month’s BPS Birmingham Future Leadership Development workshop for emerging leaders identified who was addicted to giving feedback. 

How to make diversity training a success 7 February 17  Andrew Marcinko, PhD Candidate at Aston Business School, whose research focuses on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, explains we need to outsmart our brains to successfully implement training.

How degree apprenticeships can help employers fill their skills gap  25 January 17: More than 20 business leaders, training providers and students gathered to listen to how the new apprenticeship levy can help employers fill the UK’s skills gap.

Chamber and partners launch Growth Through People campaign 17 January 17:  Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce launch its Growth Through People campaign. Delivered in association with partners including Aston University, it will focus on how businesses can effectively manage their staff and increase productivity and growth by doing so. 

Inspire commercially intelligent legal education 16 January 17: Aston Law School, a constituent part of Aston Business School, seek experienced sessional, hourly paid lecturing staff to support their teaching activities. 

SimkissGuy thrilled with new events partnership with Aston Business School  12 January 17:  SimkissGuy Recruitment Ltd are passionate about supporting and nurturing new talent from around the West Midlands region and are delighted to be working with Aston Business School, an institution that is world-renowned for providing inspirational education. 

Don’t be beige, be scarlet 21 December 16:  A national public speaking champion delivered Future’s Leadership Development Programme cohort a masterclass in the art of persuasion in public speaking for their third training session.

A better way of testing your brand for future success  15 December 16: An academic from Aston Business School has worked with a market research agency to develop a modern way of measuring success of commercial brands.

Exploiting today’s fractured media 12 December 16:  The media world has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, but this means businesses have more opportunities than ever before to get their messages across.

Successful Entrepreneurs are curious  1 December 16: Curious people who are alert to change, are willing to try things out and are constantly learning from their experiences make the best entrepreneurs.  

Plan for a Sustainable Competitive Advantage 18 October 16: In  Fresh Perspectives Scenario Planning, Dr Stathis Tapinos, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management shared valuable insight from his research and consultancy in corporate strategy.

Disciplined imagination for business strategy  22 November 16: A disciplined imagination, through a researched thought process of what to expect, is key to planning for a sustainable competitive advantage. That was Dr Stathis Tapinos', of Aston Business School, key recommendation at Fresh Perspectives; Scenario Planning.

Mastering the art of leadership  21 November 16:  BPS Birmingham Future’s mastered the art of leadership, in their second workshop at Aston Business School. Pascale Daher, work and organisational psychologist, creatively highlighted that leadership style should be shaped by the context. 

You're Hired! Employers grow their own graduates 21 November 6: Through Degree Apprenticeships, Aston enable employers to grow their own graduates. Aston University were the first provider to offer Degree Apprenticeships and have worked closely with businesses to create the ideal graduates. 

Businesses need entre-leaders in uncertain times 17 November 16: Companies that do not have an opportunist strategy risk being out-manoeuvred by their competition. Businesses must invest in training managers to be entre-leaders; able to identify and seize new opportunities, take chances, and learn lessons. To think differently from the market trend will reap rewards.

How sustainable is your brand? 31 October 16 Your brand needs to be relevant, build customer loyalty, improve organisational performance and deliver stakeholder satisfaction. The more sustainable; the greater the reward. Key elements will be presented by Keith Glanfield, Lecturer in Strategic Brand Management and Identity, on Wednesday 14th December.

Admitting Bias is the Key to Managing Workplace Diversity  21 October 16:  Bosses need to face up to the fact that they and their staff are biased before they can successfully manage diversity in the workplace. That was a key recommendation from Andrew Marcinko, of Aston Business School, who was delivering the first  Fresh Perspectives.

Birmingham Professionals Develop Entrepreneurial Mind-sets 21 October 16: The new BPS Birmingham Future Leadership Development Programme launched with a workshop, full of laughter and marshmallows, inspiring the successful applicants on how to develop entrepreneurial mind-sets.  

Gain a Fresh Perspective of Business  06 September 16: Wake up and be inspired over breakfast with Aston’s academics presenting their research which is shaping the very latest in business policy and development. 

Financial Literacy; Key skill for aspiring managers  11 August 16:  Matt Davies, Senior Teaching Fellow, explains financial literacy really does matter to all managers. An emerging manager with the knowledge and confidence to interpret, evaluate and communicate financial figures will fast track their career through enhanced leadership capability.