Call for SME representatives on the Management Board of the Small Business Charter

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

What is the Small Business Charter?

Lord Young’s 2013 report ’Growing Your Business’ recommended the development of a Small Business Charter for business schools. The Charter would encourage greater levels of engagement between business schools and the small business sector. The initiative was predicated on 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 SMEs. The Government accepted this recommendation and charged the Chartered Association of Business Schools (ABS) with delivering the Charter. We formally received the Royal Charter on the 1st May 2015. To date, 35 business schools have been awarded the Charter.

The SBC is governed by a Management Board made up of senior business school academics and private business people. Lord Young remains as Patron of the scheme. 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 and SBC governance as defined in the Royal Charter.

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 – so we would encourage you to apply.

What key criteria are we looking for?

 You must:

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

Where can you find further information?

Please refer to the SBC website and also to the Chartered ABS website as the SBC is ‘housed’ within the Chartered ABS.

Please send your CV and a covering letter to:
Meenal Datar, Small Business Charter Manager
T:  020 7634 9586


Please click here for information on the call for nominations from academics on the SBC Management Board