At Aston we understand that start-ups and SMEs are critical to a thriving economy and a dynamic UK business landscape. Many of our leading academics specialise in small business enterprise research, and we’re proud to support the community both locally and further afield. We can work with you to review and explore your capacity to grow, as well as helping to identify the best possible opportunities.
Whether you need guidance developing your new business idea or growing your company, our suite of programmes and products aim to support you to scale-up your business. We have a range of tailored support programs that will enhance your business, including business mentoring, support with product servitization and energy from waste schemes and much more.
Partnering with us will ensure you’re maximising productivity and innovation. We’ll guide you through the funding opportunities available to your business as well as recommending programmes that will increase your return on investment (ROI).
Aston Centre for Growth
Aston Centre for Growth offers leading growth programmes and other opportunities for entrepreneurs and SME owners looking to grow their business
Innovation Vouchers allow companies to apply for up to £1,500 to spend directly on business innovation and business growth activities
Advanced Services Group
The Advanced Services Group provides education, training, research and a global network of like-minded professionals around advanced services and servitization
Beautiful Canoe develops bespoke quality software solutions according to clients’ needs, whilst developing the people who do it
CREME delivers expertise on business support for ethnic minority entrepreneurs by conducting research and business engagement to promote diversity and enterprise
Agri Tech provides free knowledge transfer and business support to agritech and food and drink focused SMEs
Low Carbon SMEs
Low Carbon SMEs provide free advice and grant support to SMEs on a range of energy efficiency challenges
Think Beyond Data
Think Beyond Data automates and scales business processes, finding better and more efficient solutions for your company’s problems
UK Centric Supply Chains
This project assists companies in the manufacturing, automotive, engineering, food and drink sectors to map, assess and improve the capabilities of their supply chains
Enabling Technologies provides specialist early stage/new product development services to help small businesses overcome technical and resource barriers
Higher Level Skills Match supports SME growth and employability within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area
Diverse Supply Chains
Diverse Supply Chains supports diverse SMEs to become fit to procure whilst moving supplier diversity forward