The Programme

The Aston Centre for Growth is launching the Aston Business Mentoring Programme in partnership with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Growth Hub. This fully funded programme draws upon the acquired knowledge and experience of some of Birmingham’s most accomplished SME leaders and business professionals who will share their business growth know how to support growing enterprises.

Through a series of bespoke and structured one-to-one mentoring sessions, delivered over 3 months, business leaders will benefit from insights to build resilience, increase productivity and address barriers to business growth. The programme places emphasis on peer-led mentoring and hand-picked mentors with real experience of growing or running a successful SME will provide guidance on the following themes among others;

  • Business strategy and planning
  • Innovation
  • Technology adoption
  • Sales & marketing
  • Financial management
  • Leadership 

Programme registration opens in September 2021 and expressions of interest can be made by emailing in the meantime.


The following criteria must be met to participate in the Aston Business Mentoring Programme;

  • Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) with at least £50K annual turnover
  • Trading for at least one year
  • Employ at least 3 people
  • Located in the GBSLEP area
  • Open to all sectors*
  • Mentee must be a decision maker or part of the senior management team
  • Must have capacity to fully engage with programme for a minimum of 3 months 

*Community Interest Companies (CIC) are eligible but charities are not.

Programme dates:

September 2021 – September 2022

Enquiries & expression of interest:

E-mail for enquiries or expression of interest.