The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth – Applications now open

The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth has been set up to enable business leaders to achieve sustainable business growth through a series of workshops, one-to-one support and networking.

The first group commenced in January 2017 and will finish in June 2017 and already group members and informing us of their business growth. We are keen to recruit now for Cohort 2 which will begin in September 2017 through until February 2018 (6-Months) with Cohort 3 beginning January 2018 through until June 2018.   

Cohort 1 January 2017 to June 2017
Cohort 2 September 2017 to February 2018
Cohort 3 January 2018 to June 2018


It is a competitive application process to ensure that we recruit the most ambitious early-stage business leaders. The application deadline for cohort 2 is the 5th June 2017.


SMEs must have an operational base within one or more of the following LEP regions: Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull or The Marches (transitional area only).


▶ Your business needs to have been trading for at least 12 months and have at least one FTE employee (this can include yourself). The programme is not suitable for start-ups.

▶ This programme is suitable for businesses that are in their early-stage with identifiable growth potential. Businesses from any sector will benefit, including social enterprises. Please note: Agriculture and retail sectors are not eligible for this programme due to funding restrictions

▶ The applicant should be the founder or CEO of the business, and should be the person who is responsible for driving the growth strategy of the business

▶ Your business needs to be an SME as defined by HMRC and meet the De Minimis State Aid criteria – received no more than 200,000 euros State Aid in the last 36 months

▶ Participants need to make a significant commitment of time and effort to engage with the opportunities provided and are required to attend all workshops. Dates for the workshops can be found at

If you are interested please contact