Call for SME leaders to join the Small Business Charter Management Board

We welcome expressions of interest from leaders of SMEs to join the Small Business Charter Management Board.

What is the Small Business Charter?

The Charter encourages greater levels of engagement between business schools and the small and medium business sector. It was founded on our two fundamental beliefs: firstly, that a vibrant entrepreneurial community leads to higher employment; and secondly, that business schools can have a positive impact on the success rate of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). The Government accepted this recommendation and charged the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) with delivering the Charter. We formally received the Royal Charter on the 1st May 2015. To date, 65 business schools have achieved successful assessment and have been awarded the Small Business Charter (SBC).

The SBC is governed by a Management Board made up of senior business school academics and SME owners and leaders. The Management Board has two vacancies for SME representation and is inviting expressions of interest from SME leaders and entrepreneurs.

Please click here for information on the current Management Board.


Why should you get involved?

Have you successfully grown an SME?  Do you recognise the critical role that business schools can play in supporting SME leaders with appropriate programmes and support? If so, then you will be excited by the mission of the Small Business Charter – and we would encourage you to apply.

What key criteria are we looking for?

 You must:

  • Be on the Board of an SME; you do not need to be the founder or CEO, but you must have executive responsibility.
  • Believe in the benefits that will come from business schools supporting and working with SMEs.
  • Be prepared to travel (at your own expense) to London for quarterly board meetings. This is the minimum requirement; you will also have the opportunity to contribute to working groups within the Management Board.

Where can you find further information?

Please refer to the SBC website and also to the Chartered ABS website as the SBC is part of the Chartered ABS.

Please send your CV and a covering letter to Nicholas George at