The Accreditation

The SBC accreditation demonstrates a business school’s effectiveness in supporting SMEs, student entrepreneurs and local economies.

The Small Business Charter was established with government support to signpost entrepreneurs and small businesses to business schools in their region with the expertise to help them thrive.

It is a mark of excellence of a business school’s provision of high quality, tailored guidance, education programmes and services to help small businesses and entrepreneurs run successful businesses.


SBC accreditation benefits business schools in a number of ways, giving them prestige, the access to capacity building activities, influence through nationwide advocacy, and the opportunity to deliver programmes relating to business growth.

Apply for the SBC Accreditation

The Small Business Charter requires evidence of activity and impact in three key areas: actively supporting the growth of small businesses; engaging with other stakeholders in the growth agenda; and providing students with appropriate education and start up support.