Aston Programme for Small Business Growth – Applications Now Open!

Posted: 11th September 2019

WiRE has been asked to share another opportunity for small businesses. We have had WiRE members who have been successful in this programme but are in no way directly linked.

Applications are now open for the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth’s upcoming November cohort.

Programme eligibility:

  • Operational address in Greater Birmingham and Solihull or Coventry and Warwickshire LEP areas
  • At least 12 month’s trading experience
  • Ideal turnover £150-200k, but we can have a conversation about businesses just under that range
  • Applicant must be the founder or CEO of the business
  • Minimum of one FTE employee (can include business owner)
  • Applicant must be dedicated to business growth and able to fully commit to the programme

Key dates:

Application closing date: October 18th

Interview date: October 30th

First workshop: November 13th

Further information about the programme can be found below; please could you share within your business circles?

Spread the Word: Applications Open for Aston Programme for Small Business Growth!

  • Participants increased their turnover by an average of 37% one year after completing the programme*
  • 94% of participants are more confident in the growth of their business after completing the programme*
  • 18% higher turnover for businesses on the programme than counterparts who were not
  • 79% of participants improved their ability to use financial date more in decision making

The premier business growth programme of the Midlands is looking for SME leaders who are ready to take their business to new heights!

Don’t miss your opportunity to benefit from the unique tools and knowledge provided by experts in SME leadership and management, as well as network with like-minded ambitious early-stage business leaders.

The core of the fully-funded programme delivered across a six-month period includes:

  • Practical workshops which cover topics relevant to leaders of growing SMEs
  • One-to-one mentoring to tackle business issues and support with building a targeted growth strategy
  • Networking with other early-stage business owners

The programme has a competitive application process so don’t delay!


Email to refer a business or receive an application form. Interested businesses will receive a complete breakdown of workshop details and requirements via email.


*Statistics taken from the industry standard programme evaluation 2019 which was based on participants who completed the programme during 2017-2019.