Small Business Charter award: Assessment and Reassessment

Small Business Charter award: Assessment and Reassessment

 9 September 2020 - Zoom

This is a free online session for business school staff who are working on their school’s application or re-assessment. Representatives from schools who would like to explore the value of the SBC award before beginning to work on their application are also invited to register.

This session 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.

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
  • A success story from an award holding school 

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.

SBC works with the government and other partners to demonstrate our business school’s ability to support SMEs.

We were successful in our bid for Business Basics funding, and as a result a consortium of SBC schools are delivering the Leading to Grow Programme to help small businesses.

There are currently 32 schools with the SBC award, all of which have been through a rigorous assessment. The assessment/re-assessment process involves completing an application form, followed by an assessment by a panel who evaluate the evidence cited in the application. An assessment report will then be discussed at a meeting of the SBC Management Board and schools will be informed of the result.

The assessments will be conducted virtually until the time it is deemed safe to conduct them on campus.

Speakers include:

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

Gareth Trainer
Chair, Enterprise Educators UK; Assistant Director, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Newcastle University

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

Dr Julie Holland

Lead for the Small Business Charter at Loughborough University; Director of Short Courses and Deputy Head of International Business, Strategy and Innovation

13.30 Introduction to the SBC award and the overview of the Application Process

Siân Rees, Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise, Cardiff School of Management, and Joe Hall, Managing Director, Halls Food Group

13.50 Guidance on Section A - Support for growth of small businesses

Joe Hall

14:20 Guidance on Section B - Stakeholder engagement to support growth

Siân Rees

14:50 Break

15:00 Guidance on Section C - Encouraging student enterprise and entrepreneurship

Gareth Trainer, Chair, Enterprise Educators UK; Assistant Director, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Newcastle University

15:30 Success Story
Dr Julie Holland, Lead for the Small Business Charter at Loughborough University; Director of Short Courses and Deputy Head of International Business, Strategy and Innovation

15:45 Group Discussions

Group A – Assessments Group B – Re-assessments

16:15 Closing Remarks

Siân Rees

16:30 End


All sessions and speakers are provisional and are subject to change

This online session is for business school staff who are working on their school’s application or re-assessment.


Representatives from schools who would like to explore the value of the SBC award before beginning to work on their application are also invited to register.

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

 

 If you have any questions, please contact Meenal, Meenal.datar@charteredabs.org

Delivering meaningful SBC events at a regional level across the UK

Small Business Charter events (face-to-face and online) exist to facilitate knowledge exchange between SBC schools; and provide opportunities for SBC schools to connect with small businesses and other stakeholders. In 2020-21 we plan to deliver a wide spectrum of events that reflect the particular needs and areas of interest of local and regional business communities. Regionally focused events also enable face-to-face gatherings to take place with minimal travel.

How you can get involved

The Regional Liaison Network will be made up of representatives of Small Business Charter Award holding schools. We will be asking members of the network to:

  • Volunteer to chair and speak at online events planned for November 2020 onwards
  • Volunteer to host face-to-face events when they recommence in March 2021
  • Help develop programmes for events that are relevant to business schools and small businesses in your region
  • Help promote events to other business schools and small businesses in your region

In return, we will profile members of the Network on the SBC website, include your institutions branding in the events you host and invite you to speak at/attend relevant events hosted by the Chartered ABS and SBC.

Next steps

If you would like to be part of the Network please complete the application form by Friday 18 September.