Aston means business 

Welcome to Aston Business School’s new podcast series where our top academics will provide essential advice to business leaders, entrepreneurs and students. Aston’s academics will be interviewed by Steve Dyson, a business journalist and former daily newspaper editor who has presented dozens of regional programmes for BBC’s HARDtalk series.

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 Episode 10: SMEs dealing with COVID-19 

In this latest episode looking at the impact of COVID-19 on SMEs Steve talks to Peter Monks co-founder of Shakespeare Distillery and Mark Hart Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business about how businesses are adapting in the short term and the long term.


Episode 9: SMEs dealing with COVID-19 (mental health)

In this special episode Steve talks to Rosie Ginday of Miss Macaroon a social enterprise business about how she is supporting the mental health and wellbeing of her staff during this crisis and Dr Wladislaw Rivkin an expert in leadership, wellbeing and employee resilience.

Episode 8: SMEs dealing with COVID-19 (managing international operations)

In this special episode Steve talks to Dr Geoff Parkes about how the crisis impacts on businesses managing operations internationally and Alec Anderson, Managing Director of Koolmill Systems Limited a company that has developed an innovative rice milling process. Listen on Spotify

Episode 7: SMEs dealing with COVID-19 (building resilience)

In this episode Steve talks to Mark Hart, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business and Olu Orugboh, founder of Synergy Organisational Solutions about building resilience. Listen on Spotify

Episode 6: SMEs dealing with COVID-19 (job retention) 

In this special episode Steve talks to employment law expert Kathy Daniels about the UK government’s Job Retention Scheme and Sarah Beattie, Managing Director of FunFest Ltd a holiday childcare company. Listen on Spotify 

Episode 5: SMEs dealing with COVID-19 (assessing the impact)

In the first of a special set of episodes Steve talks to Mark Hart, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business about the impact of COVID-19 on SMEs; Lee Hopley from the Enterprise Research Centre on the UK government’s package of financial measures and Joe Fearn, Director of CircusMASH.  Listen on Spotify

Episode 4: How servitization can transform manufacturing

Our fourth podcast features Dr Ali Bigdeli, from the Advanced Services Group who introduces servitization, a business model which focusing on the services provided by manufacturers, rather than the product. Listen on Spotify

Episode 3: How happy and healthy staff increase success

Our third podcast features Dr Wladislaw Rivkin, a Lecturer in the Work and Organisational Psychology Department at Aston Business School, who’s research focuses on the interplay of stressors, leadership and other resources in predicting employees’ health well-being and performance in organisations. Listen on Spotify 

Episode 2: How to dismiss bad staff

Our second podcast features Associate Professor Kathy Daniels, a leading employment expert at Aston Business School who shares a set of top tips for bosses on how to dismiss bad staff. Kathy discusses the importance of investigations, evidence and following processes for anyone considering dismissing staff, even in cases of gross misconduct. Listen on Spotify 

Episode 1: What happens when the money runs out

Our first podcast is entitled ‘What happens when the money runs out’ and features Chris Umfreville, a lecturer in law, and former lawyer who specialises in researching and teaching company law, corporate insolvencies and rescues. Listen on Spotify 

Support for SMEs

Aston University’s Centre for Growth offers a range of business growth and support programmes to SMEs in the Midlands. Find out more about upcoming programmes and events for SMEs.