Aston KTP partner Aquarius receive workplace engagement award

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Aquarius, a leading provider of services to support individuals and communities suffering with addictions, has been named 44
th in the ‘Best 100 Not for Profit Companies to Work For in 2014’ by Best Companies. Aquarius recently completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aston University, which was awarded high praise from the Technology Strategy Board.

Best Companies measured Aquarius’ excellence in workplace engagement through an employee survey which is then collated to produce a score for each organisation. Only the organisations with the highest levels of overall employee engagement qualities are featured in the list.

Aquarius has been helping people to reduce the harm either to themselves or others since 1977.  They provide advice, care and interventions to those affected by alcohol, drug or gambling misuse. The organisation also offers awareness raising services delivered in a number of settings. 

The two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with academics from Aston Business School provided Aquarius with the support and knowledge required to develop the necessary business strategy and operational processes to successfully deal with a changing funding environment.

The two-year KTP with academics from Aston Business School provided Aquarius with the support and knowledge required to develop the necessary business strategy and operational processes to successfully deal with a changing funding environment.

The project has helped to develop a market oriented culture in Aquarius along with systems and management processes that allow for effective communication with commissioning bodies to secure new service development opportunities. As a result, Aquarius have been able to construct tenders which are designed to accurately address requirements to reflect the competitive, economic and environmental pressures prevalent at the time of submission. This has ultimately helped in the identification, winning and subsequent management of contracts for the delivery of impactful healthcare, criminal justice and welfare service interventions under the Aquarius brand.

The project was part of the EREBUS capacity building cluster, managed by Aston University. The EREBUS cluster is a business research partnership between Aston, Birmingham and Warwick universities. Its role is to assist in the development of West Midlands’ SMEs, operating in the Finance, Energy and Health Technologies sectors, to build innovation and improve business performance.

The partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme. KTP aims to help businesses and organisations to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base.

For further information on working in partnership with Aston University contact the Business Partnership Unit on 0121 204 4242 or contact Elizabeth Rogers at e.rogers2@aston.ac.uk.