Aston nominated in two categories at the Midlands Business Awards

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Aston University has been shortlisted for the Midlands Business Awards, which are run annually in order to recognise and celebrate the great success and achievements of a wide range of businesses across different sectors in the Midlands. Aston has been successfully shortlisted in two categories: for ‘University of the year- Enterprise’ and ‘University of the year- Innovation.’  

The enterprise category recognises outstanding performance from a university, demonstrating enterprise and promoting entrepreneurship. Aston has been recognised in this category for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme which is run at Aston Business School.  This fully-funded programme provides high quality, structured and practically focussed support to small business leaders who are seeking to grow their businesses.

The innovative category is for the efforts of universities that promote innovation through technological developments, and Aston was shortlisted as a result of the innovative work going on at Aston’s Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT). AIPT develops cutting-edge technology based on the photon: the elementary particle of light. The Institute runs more than 40 research projects and has recently undertaken several major industrial projects developing and applying fibre optic, sensing and laser technology. 

Director of the Business Partnership Unit, Peter Shearer said “we are delighted that, for the second year running Aston has been shortlisted in both of the university categories.”

Paula Whitehouse, Assistant Director of the Goldman Sachs programme in the Midlands also commented “we are delighted to have been recognised as one of the finalists for the ‘University of the year- Enterprise’ Midlands Business Awards; this opportunity allows us to showcase the achievements of over 150 entrepreneurs leading growth businesses in the Midlands who have participated in the 10,000 Small Businesses programme at Aston.”

Professor Sergei Turitsyn, Director of AIPT said: “The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies is world know for top research achievements and we are very happy to be nominated for the applications-focused ‘University of the Year- Innovation’ award amongst other institutions across the Midlands.” 

The award ceremony will be held on Friday 20th February 2015, and will be a celebratory night for all businesses nominated for awards, and also a chance to highlight their successes and achievements over the year.

To find out more about how Aston could help your business, e-mail bpu@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 4242.