The role of the business school in sustaining a regional entrepreneurial eco-system

6th September 2016, UCL School of Management, Canary Wharf Campus


The university and business school has a responsibility to improve the business and entrepreneurial landscape within its region. It is, however, not alone. It forms part of a network of stakeholders with government, corporations, risk capital and entrepreneurs that have a joint responsibility to build a robust, sustainable eco-system. Nonetheless strategic joined up thinking doesn’t come naturally and all stakeholders are guilty of a certain degree of siloed activity and short-term thinking.

This workshop, organised by the Small Business Charter, will look in more depth at the challenges regions face in sustaining a healthy eco-system and how stakeholders can work together to overcome them.

Speakers Include:

Oli Pinch
Training Manager

Stuart Miller
Small Business Charter

Stephen Todd
Deputy Director (Enterprise)

Paula Whitehouse
Assitant Programme Director 
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme

Charlotte Keenan
Executive Director 
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme

Irene Graham
Scale-Up Institute

Dr Guy Brown
Director of London Campus
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University

Colin Bell
Business Growth Director 
North East LEP

Laura Parker
Director, Growth Builder & Strategy Manager
Royal Bank of Scotland

Emma Batey
Business Development Manager
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University

Programme is subject to change.

9:30Registration and refreshments
Oli Pinch, Training Manager, UCL Enterprise
Anne Kiem, Executive Director, Small Business Charter
10:15Opening remarks and update on SBC
Stuart Miller, Chair of the Small Business Charter Management Board and CEO, Bybox Holdings Ltd
10:35Unlocking Growth - The role of Business Schools
Stephen Todd, Deputy Director (Enterprise), UCL School of Management
11:20Case Study on Growth Programme
Paula Whitehouse, Director, Aston Growth Centre and Assistant Programme Director,
Goldman Sachs, 10,000 Small Businesses Programme
Charlotte Keenan, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme
12:35What is needed for scale up intervention versus start up?
Irene Graham, CEO, Scale-Up Institute
13:20Panel Discussion: Partnering with Stakeholders to benefit SMEs
Dr Guy Brown, Director of London Campus, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University (Chair)
Emma Batey, Business Development Manager, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
Colin Bell, Business Growth Director, North East LEP
14:05Refreshments and networking
14:25Growth Builder Programme and importance of the multi-stake holder team
Laura Parker, Director, Growth Builder & Strategy Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland
15.10General Discussion Q&A
Facilitated by:
Stuart Miller, Chair of the Small Business Charter Management Board and CEO, Bybox Holdings Ltd
15.40Refreshments and networking

Business schools and universities looking to share and learn from experiences of working in multi-stakeholder models to support regional development, as well as, government, businesses  and entrepreneurs/accelerators themselves who’ve worked both successfully and unsuccessfully in these types of partnerships.

Deans, Directors, Department Heads, Business Development Managers, Directors of Enterprise, Lectures and Education professionals working in enterprise and entrepreneurship education will benefit from attending this event.


Participating Organisations are currently as follows:

Organisation Name
Aston Business School
Cameron and Wilding Ltd
Coventry university
Dublin City University Business School
Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business
Growth Builder
Leeds University Business School
London College of Fashion, Univeristy of the Arts London
London Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
Oxford Brookes University
Plymouth University
Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth
ScaleUp Institute
Staffordshire Business School
University of Birmingham, Birmingham Business School
University of Glasgow
University of Liverpool Management Schoool
University of Stirling
University of Wolverhampton Business School
UWE Bristol

Date:   6th September

Time:  9.30 am to 4.00 pm

Venue: UCL School of Management, Canary Wharf Campus

One Canada Square,

Level 38,

London, E14 5AB

Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. There are a number hotels within a few minutes walk.

  • Small Business Charter award holding schools can send two guests free of charge, and £175 for additional delegates
  • Places for business schools that don't hold an SBC are £175 per person

To register click on the 'Register now' button on the right hand side.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Meenal Datar.

Email:      Tel: 020 7634 9586