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Helping businesses climb new heights of success

Today's companies face many challenges, be it in digital transformation to upskilling and training talent. The pandemic has made it more complex for business leaders who are looking to grow their ventures.

Aston University is an excellent example of a university that can help businesses and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow, unlock business value and address pain points.

Here are four ways the University is driving business success:

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

KTPs help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills.

Aston University is the leading KTP provider within the Midlands and won Innovate UK's Best of the Best KTP awards 2021. Companies that engage with the University on a KTP see an average ROI of 1,107%.

Aston University offers a suite of services that can help businesses benefit from the University's expertise, including helping businesses to innovate, compete in new markets and increase profitability.

Aston University has 14 business support programmes to help businesses find more efficient solutions to their problems, such as improving business processes, supporting new technology adoption and enhancing leadership and management capabilities.

Aston University is home to the award-winning Aston Centre for Growth, which has helped over 1,000 participating SMEs to increase their productivity by 28% while creating over 650 jobs and £120 million pounds in revenue for the West Midlands, according to the 2018 10KSB Impact Evaluation.

Degree Apprenticeships

Aston University offers 17 degree apprenticeship programmes developed in partnership with employers and professional bodies to fill skill gaps in business and industry.

Their excellent performance as a training provider is nationally recognised as the 15th Best Training Provider in the 2019 RateMyApprenticeship Awards.

By partnering with Aston University, businesses will have the opportunity to employ placement students or graduates. Their degree apprenticeship programme has a customisable curriculum and content that can target specific business goals and needs.

Supporting SME's growth

Knowledge Exchange (KE)

Companies of all sizes can work with Aston University in a two-way exchange in various areas, such as business research collaborations, short courses for third parties and student placement opportunities.

This provides companies with a wealth of resources not usually available to them. At the same time, Aston University's up-to-date research can help organisations innovate and deliver better services, processes and products.