Update on SBC Engagement Activities and Meetings

Over the last few months, the Small Business Charter team has continued to promote the awards to new audiences.

Holyrood Parliament and Scottish Government:

The Small Business Charter presented at the Holyrood parliament, Edinburgh on Thursday 23 April at an event sponsored by Chic Brodie MSP.

This event started to explore how best the Small Business Charter can complement Scotland’s existing infrastructure.

Subsequently, 11 of the 15 Scottish business schools participated in workshops and consultations scoping engagement, followed by proposals being submitted to the Scottish Government. Discussions are ongoing.

Royal Garden Party:

The McNaught family attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham palace on 12 May representing the Small Business Charter.

UCL Prize Giving:

The Small Business Charter participated in a fantastic event at UCL’s annual prize giving, presenting awards for UCL Best Impact by Student Consultancy Project of the Year Award and UCL Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year Award.

The enthusiasm and pride in the room was infectious. Mr. Tim Barnes hosted the evening flawlessly.

Enterprise Educators UK:

Representatives from Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) have now completed a further round of training. At this point, we have a total of 30 assessors trained.

We will also be scheduling general training after July for those who have not completed the current training revision.

Growing Your Small Business project:

The Chartered Management Institute, and the Chartered Association of Business Schools with the Small Business Charter have been meeting SMEs and business schools at a series of Roadshow events at 14 business school locations throughout June and July. The purpose of the discussions is to produce a report which looks at the support available to SMEs at a local level, and the opportunities and challenges for business schools to provide SME support.

The report will be published on 15th September 2015 at series of simultaneous events taking place at the four parliaments in each nation.

Formal invitations will be sent out in due course.

Business School Visits:

We have continued to engage with our members, and potential members, visiting a number of business schools / HEIs during April, May and June – Abertay University; University of the West of Scotland; London College of Fashion; Nottingham Trent University; Lancaster University; Strathclyde University; Ulster University; Glasgow Caledonian University; Edinburgh Napier University; Heriot Watt University.

Please do make contact if there are topics you would like to discuss face-face. Please do get in touch with either Meenal or Ian at meenal.datar@charteredabs.org or ian.mcnaught@charteredabs.org