Eight business schools awarded the Small Business Charter following reassessment

We’re delighted to announce that eight business schools have retained their Small Business Charter following reassessment:

  • Aston Business School
  • University of Bedfordshire Business School
  • Lancaster University Management School
  • London South Bank School of Business
  • School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University
  • Nottingham Business School
  • Salford Business School
  • Strathclyde Business School

Anne Kiem, Executive Director, Small Business Charter, said: “I would like to congratulate these first eight business schools who have been successful in their reassessment of the SBC award. We are pleased that they will continue to be key parts of this important network of schools committed to supporting small business, student enterprise and the local economy. The schools have made significant achievements over the past few years and they have ambitious plans for the future. I am looking forward to seeing the continued impact of their valuable work. Their continuation serves as recognition of the value the SBC award, and the prestige, influence and collaborative opportunities it offers.”

Aston Business School, Aston University

Aston Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter for a further five years.

Aston Business School’s engagement with small businesses grew out of their research expertise in small business and entrepreneurship, and the positioning of the ongoing support they provide to businesses is firmly linked to specific areas of research expertise.

The SBC assessors commented “Aston Business School’s plans to strengthen and scale activities over the next five years are supported by Aston University’s strategy which explicitly references links with entrepreneurs, developing entrepreneurial mindsets and productive partnerships with SMEs.”

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University of Bedfordshire Business School, University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter for a further three years.

The University of Bedfordshire Business School (UBBS) is differentiated through its practice-based approach to business, management and law education plus its innovation in learning and teaching at all levels and across distributed campuses.

The SBC Assessors commented “UBBS has clear and well defined goals for supporting SMEs and start-ups. It has recently completed a number of important exercises that contribute to the strategic planning and direction of the school over the next 3-5 years. The outcome of these exercises shows a significant step change that allows UBBS to build upon and diversify its existing knowledge exchange agenda.”

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Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University

Lancaster University Management School has been awarded the Small Business Charter for a further five years.

Lancaster University and the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) are recognised to be national centres of excellence in relation to small business engagement and regional economic development through support provided to small businesses.

The SBC Assessors commented “LUMS has built an enviable reputation in SME and leadership development over several decades. This has enabled the institution to enjoy considerable success through public funded initiatives to consolidate and develop their expertise.”

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London South Bank School of Business, London South Bank University

London South Bank School of Business has been awarded the Small Business Charter for a further three years.

London South Bank University has been transforming lives, communities and businesses for over one hundred and twenty-five years, providing high quality professional and technical education. Their teaching is underpinned by close working relationships with industry, often developed through collaborative applied research; and courses accredited by professional bodies and designed with employers.

The SBC Assessors commented “The school has a well-articulated strategic plan and a particular commitment to graduate employability, emphasising the development of key traits such as perseverance, flexibility and creativity. It prioritises the embedding of real world challenges into the curriculum.”

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School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University has been awarded the Small Business Charter for a further five years.

Loughborough University recognises the importance of its role in stimulating economic growth through knowledge exchange. The institution recognises that small businesses play a major role in the economy and has therefore embedded activities at an institutional and School level to address the needs of this important group of organisations. 

The SBC Assessors commented “There are clear and consistent plans in respect of the development of SME engagement over the coming years. Amongst others, developments include the presence of placements within the curriculum, and the inclusion of entrepreneurship modules at the final undergraduate stage.  Loughborough University clearly identifies itself as a university that supports the creation of new enterprises through its on-campus facilities.”

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Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter for a further five years.

Nottingham Business School (NBS) has enjoyed a reputation for its collaboration with business. It is this connection that is at the heart of the School’s historical development and current mission, delivering education and research that combines academic excellence with impact upon business and society.

The SBC Assessors commented “NBS has a strong platform to harness the wider institutional infrastructure and regional partnerships. Working in partnership with PLECS, NBS has brought research, student experiential learning and business engagement to the fore, each element being mutually supportive. The plans for the next 5 years build from very firm foundations.”

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Salford Business School, University of Salford

Salford Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter for a further three years.

Salford Business School’s Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZ) strategy requires them to work with other Schools, industry, and their students to develop and deliver programmes, research, and engagement strategies that are relevant to a variety of industry sectors.

The SBC Assessors commented “Salford runs a variety of courses and conferences directly for SMEs, but its main contribution is to use its students to do project work in the firms. These projects vary in duration from a few days to multi-year Knowledge Transfer Programmes”

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Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde

Strathclyde Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter for a further five years.

The vision of Strathclyde Business School (SBS) is strongly influenced by the University’s distinctive ambition for useful learning and their mission to make a positive difference to the lives of their students, society and the world. SBS encourages and supports research informed by and relevant to regional, national and international economic and social agendas, including entrepreneurship and small business research relevant to supporting and encouraging a vibrant small business community.

The SBC assessors commented “Strathclyde Business School demonstrated that there is a serious commitment to become a leading international technological university with entrepreneurship and innovation at its core. Specific to the School, the 2025 vision of SBS is to be one of Europe’s most connected and impactful business schools.”

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The Small Business Charter celebrates business schools that play an effective role in supporting small businesses, local economies and student entrepreneurship. 33 UK business schools hold the Small Business Charter.