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Aston Business Network

Next Date: Thursday 17 May 18.00 - 20.30

Aston Business Network - Apprenticeships with Impact

Conference Aston Lounge, Aston Business School

Apprenticeships with Impact

Aston Business School's Level 7 Senior Leader (Executive MBA) Degree Apprenticeship Open Evening

Join us for this relaxed evening of wine, soft drinks and canapes in the Conference Aston Lounge area to discover the new kind of MBA for future leaders.

Levy paying businesses seek a valuable return on investment, by developing senior leaders who master the art of decision making and action based critical thinking. The Executive Apprenticeship MBA at Aston Business School is an apprenticeship programme with impact, benefiting the organisation from day one.

It will transform your senior managers who want to accelerate thier careers, by immersing them in the business, applying strategic thinking and teaching them to be enterprising in everything they do.

Apprentices will deliver high quality and more challenging work as they gain knowledge,skills and experience throughout the course. Your organisation will gain a confident and informed business leader.

The programme director Keith Schofield will deliver an insightful presentation, with recruitment advisors and current degree apprentice participants available to answer questions and informal discussions.

Click here to book your free place!

Thursday 17 May 18.00 - 20.30 

HMRC Speed Networking

Aston Business Network

Are you looking for an informative and enjoyable way of expanding your professional network? 

The Aston Business Network is our regular networking event that provides an opportunity for local businesses to meet each other in a friendly and informal setting.

Hear an insightful and topical presentation from a guest speaker and network as we serve a selection of drinks and canapes.

Get well connected. 


The Aston Business Network is our regular networking event that provides an opportunity for local businesses to meet each other in a friendly and informal setting, and hear from a topical guest speaker.

Join us from 18:00 for canapes, wine and soft drinks. 

Event Format

 Network with local business people. Hear from a topical speaker. A friendly informal environment.

18:00 - Registration and welcome
18.30 - Guest speaker
19:30 - Networking with canapes and drinks 

The Aston Experience

Future Aston Business School Events

> The wonderful world of polymer science: from the next generation of solar cells to 3D printing
Thursday 3 May 18.30 - 20.00 
Room G11, Main Building, Aston University 
Book your free place Polymers have revolutionised the modern world. Many people think of ‘plastics’ when they hear the word ‘polymers’. During this inaugural lecture Paul Topham will dispel this myth as we explore the incredible properties of polymers and see how they have been used to change the way we live today. From bullet-proof vests to biomedical implants and a whole host of other exciting applications, we will discover how polymers have transformed our lives and how there is so much more that we can do with these amazing materials.

Aston Business Network

> Fresh Perspectives: Financial advertising - the legal framework for curbing behavioural exploitation
Thursday 24 May 07.30 - 09.30
Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School
Book your free place Policy makers and behavioural finance scholars express growing concern that marketing practices by financial institutions exploit retail investors’ behavioural biases. Investor protection regulation should thus address these marketing practices and include mechanisms curbing behavioural exploitation. That raises the question whether the marketing communications regime of the new Markets in Financial Instruments Directive can live up to this demand.

Martin Brenncke of Aston Law School with present the intersection between behavioural finance and law. He will use the law governing marketing materials as a discussion starter for the bigger debate on how behavioural insights about retail investors' behavioural biases can be integrated into investor protection measures. This debate is highly relevant for businesses as it directly impacts on what is required by an investment firm in order to conduct its business in a fair way. Martin's findings are also relevant for the new hot investor protection topic in MiFID II, product governance, and the requirements relating to providing investment advice. He will address these wider implications in his presentation.

students networking

> Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies
Wednesday 30 May 12.30 - 14.30
Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School
Book your free place  Large private companies hold a special and significant role in UK society. The strong and sustainable operation of large private companies creates employment opportunities, generates tax revenue, invests in the community, and ultimately generates social value. Responsible businesses acknowledge the role they play, and engage meaningfully with a broad range of stakeholders, including the community they operate in.

In 2017 the Government announced its intention to introduce a new corporate governance reporting requirement for large private companies. To complement this new reporting requirement, the Government appointed James Wates CBE, Chairman of the Wates Group Ltd, to lead a coalition of partners, including the Financial Reporting Council, to develop corporate governance principles to enhance transparency and accountability in large private companies, and improve public trust in business.

This event will involve introductory comments from James Wates as to his vision for the principles, insight from Aston Business School academics, and a panel discussion featuring local company and investor representatives to discuss the role of corporate governance in large private companies and the impact of the new reporting requirement. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions about the development of the principles. This event will be of interest to large private companies, investors, academics, as well as auditors and advisors involved in corporate reporting. 


Aston Business Network Future Dates

*Save the Date*

TBC JULY 2018 17.30 - 20.00

Deutsche Bank Speed Networking

Wednesday 21 February 2018: How Blockchain and AI are transforming industries

We welcomed keynote speaker Rahul Rumalla, founder of Paperchain, to discuss the disruptive potential on Blockchain and AI. While the Blockchain movement is poised on removing intermediaries, AI is a rapidly evolving trend that provides predictive insights from massive amounts of data in order to make processes more efficient. Recent studies show that businesses recognise the importance of both emerging technologies, but do not know how to respond to this trend. The event explained both emerging technologies and explored specific use cases for the financial world, media & entertainment, the supply chain and the legal world.

Compere Raaj Shamji, Aston MBA alumni, led an interactive Q&A with a panel of experts and influencers from various sectors: 

-Ben Cooper, Group Innovation Manager, Pinsent Masons .

-Tim Kay, Director, KPMG 

-Dr David Hardman MBE, Chief Executive Office, Innovation Birmingham 

-Osemeke Mosindi PhD, Senior Digital Innovation Manager, HSBC

Wednesday 22 November 2017: Power of Connectivity

Our guest speaker was Denise Morris, CEO and Founder of TAG Network Midlands, a networking community that celebrates and supports Trainees, Apprentices, Students, Intrapreneurs, Entrepreneurs, Graduates and Young Professionals across all industry sectors within the Midlands. Denise is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach and mentor who has worked for many years within the professional services sector. Her passion is working with individuals and helping them develop themselves personally and professionally. Denise shared  her story and experiences of 'The Importance Of Connectivity.

Wednesday 21 June 2017: True Gravity

The guest speaker for June's event was Bart (B.D) Dalton II, sharing insight into his True Gravity process. Author, business owner and guide, B.D. Dalton, spent 20 years building businesses in the US and UK to 1000 clients in a 4 year period in each country building million pound businesses. He learned so many tips and tricks and secrets and has written True Gravity to give you insights and save you from who B.D. calls Blackholes and other obstacles to your success. B.D. Dalton’s True Gravity presentation helped attendees focus their energy to get back the time and energy to do the things in business they want to do – and achieve more profits.

We were also be joined by Downtown in Business, a business club that provides leadership to the private sector, by articulating the views of its members to the public sector agencies that govern the city, and to create networking environments that would attract entrepreneurs, high growth companies and the regions big hitters.

Wednesday 23 November 2017: Business Branding

Our first guest speaker was Lauren Bansal, general manager at ORB, Birmingham’s fastest growing branding agency. Lauren manages ORB’s operations and looks after their team of creatives, strategists and brand managers. Lauren was one of the finalists in the Marketing and Communications category of BYPY Young Professional of the Year 2016. Lauren shared her insights into the importance and benefits of branding and how companies can leverage their brands to grow their businesses.

Our second guest speaker was Dr Keith Glanfield. In collaboration, Dr Keith Glanfield, Aston Business School and Harris Interactive have taken a long hard look at what makes a brand relevant and sustainable in a modern day context. Keith presented the thinking and research foundations behind the brand sustainability model, to address the question, “How sustainable is your brand?”. In revealing the results of the hi brands™ research study, shared how measuring sustainability changes the way we think about category and sector success, along with how this new set of measures supports brand managers to manage and track future brand success.

Wednesday 22 February 2017: Small Business Growth

We welcomed the new Aston Programme for Small Business Growth cohort to Aston Business Network. Aston Centre for Growth presented the opportunities they provide small businesses for growth and development. The programme managers explained the cohorts journey ahead; developing their leadership skills and building a targeted growth strategy in the company of other ambitious business leaders.

The first guest speaker was programme alumnus Petra Gale, sharing her highlights of working with Aston University. Petra is an experienced corporate trainer, qualified executive and life coach with over 15 years of experience in commercial functions, both in the UK and globally. Petra has a passion for and thorough understanding of commercial strategy, focusing on talent development, quality standards and the successful achievement of organisational goals. Petra is qualified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor. She has project managed the implementation of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 in a number of environments and has seen these through successive audits. 

The second guest speaker was John Holder from Profit-Growth Unlimited. John will present Stop wasting money on ineffectual marketing,, introducing you in a practical way to the fundamentals of marketing and the buyers journey. 

Further Information 

The event will take place at:

Aston Business School
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Please see Conference Aston for information according to your mode of transport. 

Car parking is available at the Millennium Point multi-storey car park, which is situated opposite the University Campus. The car park charges £2.90 for 3 hours and £3.60 for 4 hours. The car park can be accessed via Jennens Road. If using a sat nav please use the following post code: B4 7AP. A precise description of how to drive to this car park and then walk to the campus can be found by clicking the following link.

For more information please contact Beth Sadler, Business Partnerships abs_partnerships@aston.ac.uk 

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