Small Business Charter: The assessment process

10:00-13:00, Thursday 16 September

This free online session will give an overview of, and guidance on, the application and assessment process for the SBC Award. 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.

Participants will gain insight into:

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

Workshop Facilitators:

Dr Matthew Sutherland
Associate Professor, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University

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

Sian Rees
Associate Dean (Enterprise), Cardiff School of Management

Kate Beresford
Principal Consultant, Kate Beresford Associates

10:00  Welcome and introduction to the SBC award

10:10  Overview of the assessment process

10:30  Support for the growth of small businesses (section A)

11:10  Stakeholder engagement to support growth (section B)

11:50  Break

12:00  Encouraging student enterprise and entrepreneurship (section C)

12:40  Q&A and closing remarks 

13:00  Close

This session is for business school staff who are interested in finding out more about the SBC Award or who are currently working on an application.

 There is no fee to join this training session. Participants must register and book a place.

 If you have any questions, please contact Oliver Lowe

About the SBC Award

The Small Business Charter Award recognises business schools for their engagement with SME’s. It demonstrates the business school’s effectiveness in supporting small businesses, student entrepreneurs and local economies. The SBC award is a valuable kitemark which helps to raise the 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.

Business Schools who achieve the SBC award have to demonstrate through the assessment process their expertise in supporting small businesses, entrepreneurship and local economies.