April News update with Ian McNaught

We have been very busy since our last update and I am pleased to share this update from the Small Business Charter.

We are delighted to have awarded three new schools with a Charter award and look forward to working with them.

The schools are:

  • Sheffield Management School
  • London College of Fashion
  • Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University

I have detailed other recent developments and some forthcoming opportunities below.

Growth Voucher Programme:

1,000 SMEs have now applied for the Small Business Charter Growth Voucher programme.

Recruitment to the programme closed on 31 March and the business school consortium are busy completing the business diagnostics workshops prior to delivering the workshops.


Building Growth Businesses Programme:

UCL delivered the first cohort’s series of workshops, and the SME feedback has been wholly positive.

Having proved the effectiveness of the programme’s framework and content, we have paused on going ahead with recruitment and delivery of the next cohorts, in order to reflect with BIS and BGS whether some aspects of the programme might be restructured to better meet the needs of all partners and small businesses.

Start-Up Loans Programme:

After further discussions with Start Up Loans Company on 18 March, the Small Business Charter is concluding the final details of its involvement with the SUL programme. More details will follow.

Small Business Charter Awards:

Charter Awards:

The Small Business Charter continues to invite applications from business schools across the UK to apply for the Small Business Charter Award. We are now planning further assessment visits throughout April, May and June 2015 for the schools who have submitted applications.

Business schools / HEIs wishing to submit a reapplication, or an upgrade application, are required to submit their application no later than 18 May 2015 for recommendation at the June management board meeting.

Small Business Charter Team:

We are pleased to announce that Meenal Datar has joined the Small Business Charter team as our Operations Manager. Please join us in welcoming Meenal to our collective team and do make contact if we can help.

Meenal can be contacted at email:  mdatar@the-abs.org.uk  telephone: 020 7634 9586

Small Business Charter Management Board:

The tenure of several existing members of our management board is coming to an end and expressions of interest are invited from individuals who have the enthusiasm and motivation to participate in the activities of the Small Business Charter management board.

Please contact Meenal Datar if you are interested or would like more information.   Email:  mdatar@the-abs.org.uk  telephone: 0207 634 9586

We would like to thank all of the management board for their support and guidance and wish those departing the very best for the future.

As always, your input is welcome for future programmes and initiatives. Please do get in touch with either Meenal or Ian  mdatar@the-abs.org.uk or  imcnaught@the-abs.org.uk

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