Charter Awards and Consultation Updates

It has been another busy period for the team at the Small Business Charter and we’d like to share an update on our recent activities and outline some forward-looking plans. We hope you find it informative.

Small Business Charter Awards:

We are preparing to consider the assessor team’s recommendations on the recent applications at the next Management Board meeting on Wednesday 28 October, along with some upgrade applications.

Uptake of the Small Business Charter Award remains strong and we are working with a number of business schools on their applications.

Small Business Charter Governance - Management Board:

The recruitment policy will have a final review at the Management Board meeting and pending this review the applications to join the Small Business Charter Management Board will be considered.

We have received a very strong response to join the Small Business Charter board exceeding the vacancies available.

Developments and opportunities

HE Start-Up Programme:

The Small Business Charter, NACUE, NCEE and UCL as the HEI representative have submitted a £1.5m funding proposal to HEFCE for an HE Start-Up programme. We expect feedback by January 2016 at the latest and will keep you informed how this develops.

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CDMA):

The BIS committee has now fully approved the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

Nine business schools (6 which are SBC award-holders) are preparing the framework and content with the first schools launching in November 2015.

Business school visits and engagement:

We have continued to engage with our award holding business schools and current applicants by visiting a number of business schools / HEIs during September and October including:

  • Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University
  • University of Stirling, Management School
  • School of Business, University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde Business School
  • University of the West of Scotland, School of Business and Enterprise

Regional Charter Business School Working Groups:

Having completed the four regional working groups with award holding schools across England and releasing the working group outcomes for consultation, we are now continuing discussions with the Deans and will follow up once we have agreed final outcomes for prioritised implementation.

Glasgow Business Awards:

We were delighted to attend the Glasgow Business Awards, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, as a guest of Glasgow Caledonian University on 01 October where 85 innovative organisations were considered for 15 business awards.

It was encouraging to observe Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow participating at the event. Further evidence that university business schools are central to small business success.

Business Mentoring at the University of Stirling:

The Small Business Charter participated in a business mentoring workshop for international post-graduate students at the University of Stirling Management School on 22 September.

Over one hundred post-graduate students engaged with ~16 business mentors debating specific management questions. This was an enjoyable experience with some lively insightful discussions.

As always, your input is welcome for future discussions, consultations and collaborations.

Please do get in touch with either Meenal or Ian at Telephone: 020 7634 9586 or  Mobile 07757 764837