Engagement Update with Small Business Charter


Over the last few months, the Small Business Charter has been promoting its work to various audiences at a number of events accross the country.

Business School Visits:

We have continued to engage with our members, and potential members, visiting a number of business schools / HEIs during February and March – London South Bank University; University of Aberdeen; Robert Gordon University; University of Stirling; Glasgow Caledonian University; Heriot-Watt University; University of the West of Scotland; University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion; Nottingham Trent University; Manchester Metropolitan University.

Enterprise Educators UK:

The Small Business Charter was pleased to attend the EEUK March board meeting to discuss ongoing engagement and planning. EEUK assessors are an important component of our assessor teams and we will be undertaking some training to increase the number of available EEUK trained assessors. We will also be scheduling general training after July for those who have not completed the current training revision.


Institute of Directors:

The Small Business Charter attended an IoD lunch event at Nottingham Trent University and attended the annual IoD Scotland awards in Glasgow, courtesy of Edinburgh Napier University. Both IoD events were extremely well run and informative. Hopefully there is scope for the Small Business Charter and IoD to collaborate in the future.

Holyrood Parliament:

The Small Business Charter is holding an event at the Holyrood parliament on Thursday 23 April, sponsored by Chic Brodie MSP. This event will explore how best the Small Business Charter can complement Scotland’s existing infrastructure. The University of Strathclyde and Edinburgh Napier University will participate as speakers at this event. Please contact Meenal Datar at email:  mdatar@the-abs.org.uk  telephone: 0207 634 9586 if you have not received an invitation and would like to attend.

Mentoring Workshop:

Professor Nigel Lockett and a team of eight colleagues from Leeds University Business School hosted a Charter award mentoring workshop on 11 February. 33 people from 24 business schools / HEIs attended the workshop. This was an informative effective and enthusiastic workshop which received very positive feedback. A big thank you to the LUBS team for delivering this. The ‘meet the assessor’ session was particularly good!

 London College of Fashion Business School Launch:

The Small Business Charter was pleased to attend the launch of London College of Fashion’s Fashion Business School on 18 March. We had a great opportunity to network at this event and discuss all aspects of business within the fashion industry. A very informative event.

Management & Leadership Degree Apprenticeship:

A big thank you is offered to all those who participated in the management and leadership degree apprenticeship discussions at short notice. After our discussions at No10 and ongoing discussions with BIS, the Prime Minister’s policy unit and Lord Young’s Enterprise Directorate our proposal has now been accepted. A number of employers, Serco, the Chartered Management Institute, 13 Business Schools / HEIs and the Association of Business Schools with the Small Business Charter, will now work on the structure of this programme, working towards a pilot programme launch in September 2015.

Scotland CAN DO:

The Small Business Charter attended Scotland CAN DO on 20 February. This is an initiative by the Scottish Government to boost entrepreneurship and innovation.

This was a good opportunity to network and introduce the Small Business Charter to multiple stakeholders.

Developing Leaders:

In conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute, the Small Business Charter participated in the Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today roadshow events at the Holyrood Parliament, Edinburgh; at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen; at the University of the West of Scotland, Paisley.

Leadership and management strategies were debated and the Small Business Charter was introduced to audiences of academics, SMEs and students.

The Small Business Charter also participated in the culminating event of Connecting Tomorrow’s Leaders Today at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Exploratory Start-Up Programme:

The Small Business Charter, NACUE and NCEE have continued discussions preparing a proposal for HEFCE Catalyst funding relative to a HE Start-Up programme.

We will keep you informed how this develops.

As always, your input is welcome for future programmes and initiatives. Please do get in touch with either Meenal or Ian  mdatar@the-abs.org.uk or  imcnaught@the-abs.org.uk