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The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK Programme is designed to provide high quality, practical support to the owners and leaders of established small businesses and social enterprises as they seek to grow.

Chris Oscroft said; “There were many business leaders on the programme from various different industries and it was interesting to learn how other companies were progressing.

The programme created unique networking and peer learning opportunities. The core of the programme was a high quality, practically-focused business and management education, designed by world-class international, national and local experts in entrepreneurial learning.

The course was held at Aston University, who gave me valuable support and opportunities. During the course I developed a customised Growth Plan to direct the Company’s business strategy and expansion.”

Since the 10,000 Small Businesses Programme.

Chris Oscroft further explained “AEO has defined its Vision for the future; the intention now is to completely re-launch the Company to its Employees and clearly define the Company’s growth aspirations. The Business Growth Plan created during the programme has enabled other family members working within the business as well as the senior management team to see clearly, not only the goals for the business, but the actions required to achieve a strategic path forwards and realise Our Vision. This has brought an understanding and a unity to the family and the business, not experienced previously, something that in the past seemed rather elusive. The external views and support of tutors and peers have helped me enormously in understanding the issues experienced within our business and how to tackle them. The ability to openly debate issues with experienced academics, has given me not only enlightened perspective and renewed confidence, but also the tools to make strategic advances at every opportunity. Our business is experiencing better results daily, KPI’s are improving and GM is improving in the first quarter. My personal experience with Aston University has been life changing”

Karen Lumley MP visits AEO

Karen Lumley MP recently visited the site to acknowledge these investments. Karen was introduced to the apprentices and graduates, and was given a guided tour of the manufacturing facility by Chris Oscroft (Managing Director).

A brief insight into the new machinery was part of the tour which included their largest investment so far, of just over £1.2 million for a new Aida 630T Servo Power Press.

Karen Lumley MP said; “The investment in machinery and staff is incredible and I was very impressed with what I saw.”

Chris Oscroft, Managing Director said; “We were delighted to welcome Karen to the factory and to have the opportunity to show her the investments we have made to continue to support the growth of the company. It was great to see the local MP genuinely interested in the progress that we have made and our plans for the future.