Sarah Crawley becomes Visiting Industrial Fellow at Aston University

Sarah Crawley, Chief Executive of iSE, has been awarded a Visiting Industrial Fellowship by Aston University in recognition of the contribution she has made across the university to the understanding, experience and awareness of business growth and entrepreneurship.

Sarah is an Alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, run by the University and is one of 31 business owners now holding this title. The Programme is designed to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises by providing access to a combination of education and support services. It is funded in the UK by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

The business owners selected by Aston University as Fellows will hold the title for two years and come from a variety of sectors. Through their engagement, they have supported the university, its students, research and staff in a range of activities. Sarah has hosted number of events at iSE to engage social enterprises with the support available at Aston University, and has worked with MBA Students to support their knowledge of the issues affecting social enterprises.

Sarah was one of 18 Alumni to be awarded a Visiting Industrial Fellowship at a dinner event held at Opus Restaurant, Cornwall Street, Birmingham on 3rd June, 2015, attended by Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Programme Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Midlands programme and Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean, Aston Business School.
Professor George Feiger said: “These entrepreneurial business leaders are making a great contribution to the work of Aston Business School and in fostering relationships between the small business community and Aston University.”

Sarah commented: “I feel honoured to be made a Visiting Fellow by Aston University. My experience as a participant on 10,000 Small Businesses has been extremely valuable for both the growth of iSE and for me personally. I welcome the opportunity to contribute both to the programme in the future and to conversations concerning government policy for support to small businesses and social enterprise.”

Picture shows (left to right) the 18 Alumni made Visiting Industrial Fellows: Kevin Davis, The Vine Trust; Adam Whitehouse, TMT First Limited; Gary Parkinson, W.E.T. Services Ltd; Richard Toy, Auctus Management Group; Guy McEvoy, Guykat Solutions Ltd; Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR; Mike Brooman, Vanti; Alec Anderson, Koolmill Systems; Sarah Crawley, i-SE; Simon Wheeler, Canonbury Products Limited; Greg McDonald, Goodfish Limited; Ruth Devine, SJD Electrical; Jim Griffin, Automotive Insulations; Damini Sharma, OM Safety Solutions Ltd; Gareth Williams, Caplor Energy Ltd; Sean Nicholson, Sign Solutions; Will Shepherd, Cohesion Recruitment; Russell Fraser, Goodflo

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