Knowledge Sharing

The Small Business Charter provides business schools with a network of schools to share experience and build knowledge in the field of enterprise, entrepreneurship and business engagement. Here, you can read ideas, insights and best practice from business schools.

See ‘Success stories’ to read about how businesses have benefitted from connecting with business schools that hold the SBC award.

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A big idea that helped a small community

Four years ago, Giorgia Bacco founded Dottore London, a business that provides gynaecological and paediatric services to the capital’s Italian community. This is the story of how…

How to enable team cohesion in entrepreneurship education assessments

Teamwork is the cornerstone of entrepreneurship education A key objective of entrepreneurship education is to give students the first-hand experience of the processes involved in…

Women entrepreneurs – then and now

In the mid-1990s, when I was a PhD student researching career transition, policymakers touted entrepreneurship as a source of hope. Fast-forward to the present day and we find…

Is your business school ready for the Industrial Strategy?

Professor Tim Vorley and Michelle Ovens MBE The Industrial Strategy is one of the boldest policy initiatives to be announced in recent times, intended to provide both sectoral and…

Breaking barriers to enterprise and unemployment

A research project led by Lancaster University Management School is working with people facing barriers to enterprise and employment and successfully getting them back into…

Celebrating excellence – and learning from it

The Small Business Charter award is a mark of excellence in itself – a demonstration to the world of the incredible value business schools bring to small businesses. That alone…

Encouraging long-term relationships between universities and entrepreneurs

Much has already been written on this website and elsewhere, regarding the benefits when university business schools and local businesses work closely together. In this article, I…

Going global

It is clear that there has been a shift in the UK Higher Education (HE) sector with a move towards a more diversified portfolio of educational opportunities, especially the growth…

Championing entrepreneurship in business schools

We would like to congratulate Saleem Arif on his recent appointment to the Small Business Charter Management Board. Chief Executive and Founder of Reviewsolicitor and Entrepreneur…

Holistic learning: Big lessons for academics, students and SMEs

Dublin City University (DCU) Business School has long recognised the holistic learning benefits that students gain from working with SMEs both on our undergraduate and…

Pro Bono work: a win-win for students, businesses and individuals

Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are involved in Pro Bono work as far afield as Kenya and Uganda, the United…

Case study: An effective career-enhancing initiative for students

900 Students, 61 Workshops, 31 Business Presenters, highlights of the University of Portsmouth’s successful IMPACT week 2017 From time to time I am challenged by businesses as to…

What would-be entrepreneurs need most is experience

In 2010, when I became dean of Nottingham University Business School, I assumed responsibility for and oversight of more than 5,000 students at campuses in the UK, China and…

Entrepreneurship education: The extra dimensions

Professor Martin Binks is the former dean of Nottingham University Business School and Professor of Entrepreneurial Development at its Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and…

How business schools support young entrepreneurs

At the cutting edge of the entrepreneurial community are young entrepreneurs. Young entrepreneurs are needed to rescue and revitalize the economy and the inexperience of youth…

Why it’s good to get out and connect with the world of business

Higher Education life began at 40 for me. After many years working in big business and small, including my own start-up, I took an unplanned ‘pivot’ into the world of…

Learning By Other People’s Rules – The Benefits of Applying to the Small Business Charter

I am almost allergic to filling in forms. The prospect sends me into a decline. Others will often step in to cover, and fill them in for me, either out of sympathy but probably…

Confronting Boko Haram’s propaganda and youth unemployment through entrepreneurship

By Dr. Paschal Anosike, Director, Centre for African Entrepreneurship and Leadership (CAEL), University of Wolverhampton Business School Entrepreneurship education is high on the…

Pitchfest 2016: Aston Business School’s commitment to supporting enterprise

23rd June 2016, and the Centre for Growth team from Aston Business School headed en masse to the NEC to enjoy a day of pitching, networking, interesting conversations and…

Best practice at The Fashion Business School, University of the Arts, London

Whether design, production or retailing led, enterprise and entrepreneurship are at the heart of the fashion business world and is a source of innovation and new thinking. The…

DMU: Helping small businesses succeed

De Montfort University (DMU) recognises small businesses are an engine for economic prosperity and growth, as well as being a source of innovative fresh ideas and practices. Our…

Developing the entrepreneurial capabilities of students through engagement in extra curricular activities

At London South Bank University (LSBU) our mission is to be recognised as an enterprising civic university that addresses real world challenges. As a business school we have…

Supporting enterprise and small businesses at the University of Liverpool Management School

Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEEL) The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEEL) was established at the University of Liverpool…

Developing student employability through the UCL SME internship programme

As part of UCL’s commitment to enterprise engagement this summer’s internship programme seeks to develop student employability skills by funding more than 100 eight to ten week…

Crossing the divide: developing an enterprising culture by bridging curricular and co-curricular opportunities

Should the enterprise opportunities offered to our HE students be co-curricular or curricular? There are some good arguments for both. Funding for start-ups, business plan…

The University of ‘Opportunity’: How Wolverhampton supports SMEs

As part of the University of ‘Opportunity’, Wolverhampton Business School is committed to stimulating and developing the economic regeneration of the West Midlands through the…

The undue influence of US business schools

The latest ranking of business schools has just been released by the Princeton Review and a certain type of business school continues to dominate – American ones. Having earned…

Lord Young calls for universities to embrace entrepreneurship

About 18 months ago I was in the middle of gathering evidence for my second report on small firms, “Growing your Business”, when I met the chief executive of the Association of…

Universities must become entrepreneurial hubs to help our economy

A third of new businesses will not survive to their third birthday. So they need all the help they can get. They’re now set to receive it from outstanding business schools who…