Aston Centre for Growth
Supporting small business growth
Aston Centre for Growth provides leading growth programmes and other practical business support for entrepreneurs, SMEs, business leaders and students across the community.
The Centre has experience of working with hundreds of SMEs to support their business growth through high profile programmes such as the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth and Productivity through People, alongside investment ready pitching competitions, student and graduate focused start-up support and enterprise skills development. ERC, the national Enterprise Research Centre run jointly by Aston University and the University of Warwick, operates at Aston within the Centre for Growth.
We aim to transform the regional economy by working intensively with high-potential entrepreneurs and SMEs – strengthening leadership and management skills, boosting productivity, and promoting genuine inclusive growth.
Fully-funded business support for Greater Birmingham and Solihull and Coventry and Warwickshire LEP business leaders. Benefit from, one-to-one mentoring, online workshops, regional peer-to-peer networking and a clear action plan to apply to your business for growth.
Access the latest management practices, thinking and research to drive productivity in your company. Experience expert masterclasses, specialist coaching from highly experienced SME experts and industrial visits to award-winning manufacturing and professional service environments.
Minerva Birmingham Pitch Up (previously known as Pitchfest WM) is the region’s most prestigious pitching event for growth-focused businesses. The programme has put over 125 entrepreneurs directly in front of investors and helped bring more than £3,000,000 of investments to the region's small businesses.
The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) was established in February 2013 to answer one central question ‘What drives SME Growth and Productivity?’ and has become the UK’s leading independent centre for research, knowledge and expertise on SME growth and entrepreneurship with a reputation for research that is both rigorous and policy-relevant.
Based in Aston Business School at Aston University, CREME delivers leading-edge expertise on business support for ethnic minority entrepreneurs. CREME has transformed the 'perceptions' of ethnic minority entrepreneurs by working with business policy-makers and influential organisations to engage collaboratively with overlooked or disregarded business communities.