Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Aspire to Grow


The Aspire to Grow (A2G) Programme is a free business growth programme available to business owners/senior decision makers from small and medium size enterprises who aim to create sustainable future growth.

The programme has been designed specifically to tackle the issues and meet the needs of individuals running a business.


It includes eight, half-day practical sessions delivered between January and July 2016. Using a combination of business theory, supported by real life examples from business mentors, the workshops are geared towards how the business leader creates and manages growth covering the following subject areas:

  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Finance and Governance
  • Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Operations

The final session will be an opportunity to showcase your plans for growth, building on the tools and frameworks provided throughout the programme.

During the workshops, the group will hear about best practice approaches from guest speakers, will be supported by mentors (e.g. investors, entrepreneurs and coaches), and importantly will learn from each other.

You will develop valuable networks throughout the programme to support your business expansion.


Programme dates*

We appreciate that taking time out of the business is a big commitment for SME business owners, so we have scheduled the monthly workshops to start at 1 pm and finish at 6 pm.

To help you plan, the dates for the workshops are below:

  • 27 January
  • 24 February
  • 23 March
  • 20 April
  • 18 May
  • 15 June
  • 6 July
  • 21 July

* Dates may be subject to change

Eligibility criteria

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Contact us

For more information about the Aspire to Grow programme, please contact the Executive Education Programmes Manager, Andrea O’Mahony

e: andrea.o’mahony@nottingham.ac.uk
t: 0115 846 6658.


The Aspire to Grow team

The A2G programme will be designed and delivered by a range of Nottingham University Business School faculty and business experts who have a wealth of experience in working with or creating, leading and managing SMEs, and have all been involved in delivering other successful growth programmes.

Simon Mosey
Professor Simon Mosey
Director of the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Simon Mosey is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Director of the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Nottingham University Business School. He specialises in the disciplines of entrepreneurship and innovation management with a focus upon the creation and exploitation of scientific and technology based inventions. His key responsibilities include executive education and the management of business plan competitions.

Simon has delivered innovative training seminars to managers based within multinational corporations, SMEs, local government, the health sector and academe across Europe and Asia. Specifically he focuses upon idea generation, idea evaluation and nascent business development.


Andrew Greenman
Dr Andrew Greenman
Lecturer at Nottingham University Business School

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After receiving his doctorate at The University of Nottingham, Andrew joined the Small Business Research Centre (Kingston University) to research innovation and enterprise in schools for NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts). He then joined Nottingham University Business School as a lecturer where he aims to explain what entrepreneurial action is and how it can be developed.

 He has published in journals such as the International Small Business Journal and International Studies in Management and Organization. He has secured funding from several UK research councils and is the track chair for the Cultural and Creative Industries for the British Academy of Management. Andrew co-founded the Digital Economy Young Entrepreneurship Scheme which builds on The University of Nottingham’s efforts to support doctoral students in commercialising their research.


Rob Carroll
Rob Carroll
Director at Catapult Venture Managers

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Rob is Director of Catapult Venture Managers, which has £80m under management across three institutional funds. He has 19 years’ Venture Capital experience of negotiating deals with vendors, Chairmen and CEOs, raising finance and structuring deals with leading banks, accountancies and lawyers. Rob is a Non-Executive Director of Charles Lawrence Group plc, a Director of the East Midlands Urban Development Fund and board member of The University of Nottingham Innovation Board. Rob also enjoys helping ambitious management teams grow their businesses and achieve their goals.


David Falzani
David Falzani
CEO Polaris Associates (Consulting) Ltd

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David is a business consultant and entrepreneur who has founded start-up businesses in the UK, Italy and USA, raising over £4m from venture capitalists, and achieving trade sales. He launched one of the first internet companies in Italy and continues to help both pure play and brick and mortar businesses with digital strategies.

 David is a Chartered Engineer, and has an MBA attending Wharton/SDA Bocconi.


Jeannie Holstein
Jeannie Holstein
Assistant Professor in Strategic and Public Sector Management at Nottingham University Business School

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Jeannie Holstein is Assistant Professor in Strategic and Public Sector Management at Nottingham University Business School. Her research interest is in the practice of strategy in complex contexts such as higher education. Her primary research interests lie in the narrative practice of strategy in complex organisational and policy spaces such as the public sector. She worked in the fine china industry in her first career and is an experienced business strategist. One of her key roles was taking a leading European consumer brand from a start-up position to competitor buy-out. Immediately prior to starting her PhD Jeannie also worked in higher education at a strategic level in both a consultancy and an employed capacity and continues to consult and comment on HE policy. She is an active advocate for improving links between university and the wider community, particularly through the development of a new kind of enterprise in response to the crisis in the current political economy. She occasionally writes for the Guardian HE network and is a twitter convert @theinsightedge.


Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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