Small Business Charter award: Assessment and reassessment workshop

This workshop will give an overview of and guidance on the application and assessment/re-assessment process. It will focus on the three pillars of the SBC’s assessment criteria -Small Business Support for Growth, Stakeholder Engagement to Support Growth, Encouraging Student Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and the evidence required to gain credit in these sections.

The event will include sessions from senior faculty and entrepreneurs, and will also provide an opportunity to hear about the journey through the assessment process and the benefits received from one business school.

About the SBC award

The Small Business Charter Award recognises business schools for engagement with SME’s. The Charter award is a valuable kitemark that helps to raise profile of business schools and offers opportunities to network with like-minded organisations, share best practice, and discuss common challenges and possible solutions to overcome them.

Currently, there are 35 schools holding the SBC award and to ensure schools meet the quality mark, the assessment criteria is rigorous. The assessment process involves completing an application form, followed by a visit by a panel to evaluate the evidence cited in the application. Business Schools will receive feedback and suggestions from experts on areas to enhance the business school’s current work.

The workshop will enable delegates to gain an insight into:

  • The application and the assessment criteria
  • The application and the assessment process
  • Benefits of the SBC award to the business school and to the wider University
  • Success stories from award holding school

There will be plenty of time for Q&A in each session.

Speakers include:

Dr Matt Sutherland
Director for Enterprise and Engagement, Newcastle Business School

Joe Hall
Managing Director, Halls Food Group and Chairman, Bako NW Group Ltd.

Siân Rees
Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise, Cardiff School of Management

Kate Beresford
Head of Memberships and Operations, Enterprise Educators UK; Director of Kate Beresford Associated Ltd

Professor Mark Hart
Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School and Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre

Fees and Enquiries

10:00Welcome. introductions and about the Small Business Charter award
Siân Rees,
Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise,
Cardiff School of Management
10:15Overview of the SBC application and assessment
Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
at Aston Business School; Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre;
Programme Director and Academic Lead, Goldman Sachs
10,000 Small Businesses Programme
11:15Refreshments and networking
11:30Wider stakeholder engagement in the growth agenda (section B of the application form)
Professor Mark Hart
13:15Support for the growth of small businesses(section A of the application form)
Joe Hall
, Managing Director, Halls Food Group
14:00Encouraging student enterprise and entrepreneurship (section C of the application form)
Kate Beresford, Head of Memberships and Operations,
Enterprise Educators UK; Director of Kate Beresford Associates Ltd
14:45Refreshments and networking 
15:00SBC award success story: Newcastle Business School
Dr Matthew Sutherland, 
Director of Enterprise and Engagement, Newcastle Business School
15:30Q&A, summary and reflections
Siân Rees

All sessions and speakers are provisional and are subject to change

Room No MG3-15
London Metropolitan University
Electra House
84 Moorgate
London EC2M 6SQ

Directors and Heads of enterprise departments, Managers, Lecturers, and university support staff who are currently working on the SBC application or would like to explore the value of the award before beginning to work on the application.

This workshop will also benefit schools who are in the process of re-assessment to maintain their SBC award.

One delegate: £175
Two delegates £305

If you have any queries, please contact Meenal Datar:
Tel: 020 7634 9586