Small Business Charter Assessor Training

Assessor Training

Tuesday 2 July 2019, Aston University

The Small Business Charter is hosting a one-day training session for those who would like to be trained as an Assessor to conduct assessments for the Small Business Charter.

The workshop will be delivered by Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School. Mark has been involved with the SBC since its inception.

Assessors who have conducted assessments previously are also required to attend.

Participants will get an insight into:

  • Overview of the assessment process
  • Role of the SBC assessor
  • Role of the SBC Management Board
  • Evaluation criteria for the 31 dimensions and metrics
  • How to assess the Exemplar section 
  • Being an assessor for the Small Business Charter Award is hugely rewarding at a personal and professional level. Moreover, it is a great opportunity for networking and meeting your counterparts from business schools and the small business community.

 

''The role gives me an opportunity to continuously evaluate the activities in my own business school and to think through how we can improve what we do for SMEs."
Siân Rees, Associate Dean (Enterprise), Cardiff School of Management

 

Eligibility to Attend

  • Academic and senior faculty staff who are representative of one of the SBC award holding schools. Please click here for a list of SBC schools.
  • SME Managers
  • Members of the Enterprise Educators UK Board

Speakers:

Professor Mark Hart
Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship,
Aston University

Ollie Leggett 
Managing Director and Brand Consultant,
IE Design Consultancy

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

Programme

 

10:00 Registrations and refreshments

 

10:15 Overview of the SBC assessment process, Role of the SBC assessor, Role of the SBC Management Board, Reassessment Section
Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston University

 

12:00 Lunch

 

12:45 Stakeholder Engagement to Support Growth - Evaluation criteria, dimensions, metrics and Exemplars
Professor Mark Hart

 

13:45 Refreshments and networking

 

14:15 Small Business Support for Growth - Evaluation criteria, dimensions, metrics and Exemplars
Ollie Leggett, Managing Director and Brand Consultant, IE Design Consultancy

 

15:00 Encouraging Student Enterprise and Entrepreneurship - Evaluation criteria, dimensions, metrics and Exemplars
Kate Beresford, Head of Memberships and Operations, Enterprise Educators UK; Director of Kate Beresford Associated Ltd

 

15:45 Q&A and Summary
Professor Mark Hart

 

16:00 Close

Venue

Room G8, Ground Floor,
Aston University Main Building,
Birmingham,
B4 7ET

Download map and directions

Fees and Enquiry

There is no fee to attend the workshop.
SBC we will not reimburse travel or any other expenses.

For any queries about this workshop, contact Meenal Datar (meenal.datar@charteredabs.org)

Professor Mark Hart
Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Aston University

Professor Mark Hart is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School, Associate Director of the Aston Centre for Growth, and Programme Director and Academic Lead for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme. A 2014 recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, he has played a national role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs. He is Deputy Director of the national Enterprise Research Centre which is jointly hosted by Aston University and the University of Warwick and has as its mission to understand the drivers of small business growth

Over the last 35 years, Professor Hart has worked and published extensively in the areas of entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business development and policy. He jointly manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) in the UK which is the only annual survey providing tracker data on entrepreneurial attitudes, attributes and activity.

Ollie Leggett 
Managing Director and Brand Consultant
IE Design Consultancy

Driven by a desire to stand alongside values driven organisations and to make a difference through the power of brand and digital, Ollie founded IE in 1994 and continues to lead IE’s more complex brand consultancy projects.

A regular speaker at industry events, Ollie has worked in the creative sector for 25 years and is an opinion leader on the subject of optimising business practices within the creative industries. A passionate advocate of self-improvement and the power of peer networks, Ollie is a graduate of business school programmes at Cranfield School of Management, London Business School and Aston Business School.

Ollie was awarded a Goldman Sachs Foundation small business leader scholarship to study toward an Executive MBA at Aston Business School. In 2018, he graduated with Distinction.

He is a Visiting Industrial Fellow of Aston University, a BSEEN business mentor, a volunteer for the Ahead Partnership and a Queen’s Small Business Charter Mark business school assessor for the Association of Business Schools. Ollie recently retired as a trustee of Trident: Reach The People Charity (a £14m+ social investment charity in the Midlands) to become a founder member of Christian Aid's Salt Business Network.

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

Kate Beresford, specialises in assisting businesses, universities and the public sector to work together to create economic and social value through enterprise, innovation and knowledge transfer. Kate has a strong background in university enterprise and business engagement developed through her employment with the University of Nottingham where she was a member of the senior management team in the Institute for Enterprise and Innovation. There she managed the ‘Student Enterprise’ business germinator as well as a number of European funded business engagement projects.

In 2006 Kate established her own independent consultancy (www.kateberesford.co.uk) and has since worked with many UK universities, with science parks in the UK and elsewhere, with regional and national government agencies, and with private sector clients.

Kate has a specialist interest in enterprise and entrepreneurship education. She provides membership and operational services to Enterprise Educators UK and acts as the Conference Director for EEUK’s annual international conference - IEEC . In the context of her work with EEUK, Kate became one of the first Small Business Charter assessors in 2014 and has since undertaken eleven assessments, always focusing on the ‘C’ dimensions related to student-facing start-up support.

‘’I welcome the opportunity to be a Small Business Charter assessor because I enjoy sharing my experience with other universities and guiding them as to how to be successful in achieving the Small Business Charter. The role also gives me an opportunity to continuously evaluate the activities in my own business school and to think through how we can improve what we do for SMEs."

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

‘’As an assessor I consider it a privilege to be involved in recognising those business schools who best serve the small business community and to play a small part in ensuring that business schools and small business leaders benefit from ever closer partnership. My brand and digital consultancy work often necessitates that I work closely with HE managers and leaders. My position as an SBC assessor endorses my interest in and understanding of the sector and thus lends my CV further credibility and gravitas. ’’

Ollie Leggett, Managing Director and Brand Consultant, IE Design Consultancy

“I engage with a lot of universities and other organisations who are supporting students, graduates and small businesses to be more enterprising and to establish and grow businesses… I was keen to become involved with the Small Business Charter as I wanted to learn more about what business schools are doing in this space and to help, in a small way, to influence change. Since becoming an assessor in 2014, I have certainly learnt a huge amount about the different approaches being taken by business schools but I have also seen how business schools are reaching out to colleagues across campus as well as to the small business community and wider stakeholder networks. It’s been an honour to be an assessor and I believe it has added significantly to my professional credibility.’’  

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

“I find being an assessor really rewarding. Not only do you get to feel like an integral part of the SBC community, you also have a the chance to get a fresh look at assessments and the different ways business schools approach innovation. I learned a lot and brought fresh insight back to my business.”

Mike Boud, Director, Learn to Learn Ltd