Published on 16/02/17

SME Support and Resources

Project details: Part of the Community Building Working Groups’ agenda is to offer a variety of ways to support Small and Medium Enterprise businesses in the District.  Not only can you get access to free resources from Colmore BID, like collective purchasing deals, we’ll also list resources, materials and workshops from other partners including Aston Business School and The Chamber of Commerce. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, get in touch and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

Applications Open – Grow Your Business with Aston Programme for Small Business Growth

The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth has been developed to support early stage business leaders, to achieve sustainable growth through a series of workshops, one-to-one support and networking. It is fully funded by Aston University and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The six-month programme provides practical workshops taught by experts in SME leadership and management and one-to-one support from an experienced mentor. It is for SMEs who have an operational address within the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull or The Marches (transitional area only) LEP regions.

Open to SMEs and Social Enterprises, 28 business leaders from a range of sectors will complete the programme together, sharing their experiences and strategies, building a supportive network and working with an experienced business mentor to tackle any issues or challenges SMEs face as they grow.


We are now searching for SMEs and Social Enterprises who have been trading for at least 12 months and have at least one FTE employee (this can include yourself). The programme is suitable for business that are in their early-stage with identifiable growth potential.


Cohort 2, will commence in September 2017 until February 2018 where you will attend 9 workshops over the duration of 6 months. You will start working on your business straight away and will finish the programme with a growth strategy that you have written for your own business that will provide you with an action plan to achieve your growth goals

Find out more and to learn if you are eligible for this programme, click here.

Alternatively; you can contact the team by email or telephone for further discussions.


Tel. 0121 204 3225

We are running breakfast meetings across our eligible LEP regions to give businesses the opportunity to find out more about the programme and offer on the day application support.

To register (via Eventbrite) & for more information please click on the following links below:

Birmingham Business Growth Breakfast Meeting                                      : 31st May 2017

Coventry and Warwickshire Business Growth Breakfast Meeting          : 1st June 2017

The Marches Business Growth Breakfast Meeting                                     : 2nd June 2017

One-to-One discussion and application support will be offered there and then on the day. If you would like to express an interest, find out more and register your attendance then please reply directly to Vicci (Programme Engagement Manager) at