Deadline for nominations: 26 February 2024

The second Small Business Charter Excellence Annual Awards are the opportunity for business schools that hold the SBC accreditation to showcase specialist activity that delivers sustainable impact and legacy. 

The Small Business Charter demonstrates the commitment of business schools throughout the UK in supporting, championing, and connecting small businesses to our academic communities, influential business networks and our students and graduates. The SBC Excellence Awards similarly raise the profile of business schools offering real influence, partnership and impact in the categories aligned to the SBC assessment. 

The SBC Excellence Awards are open to any school holding the SBC accreditation both at the time of application and at the date the awards are presented in June 2024. 

NB: The winning and highly commended entries from the previous year’s inaugural 2023 awards may not be re-entered into the 2024 awards.   

A panel of judges, comprising of business school leaders, SME business leaders, and other SME stakeholders will be appointed to vote on winners for each of the three categories. The winners will be announced at the Small Business Charter Summer Reception taking place June 2024. 

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The SBC Excellence Awards are split into three categories, aligned to the SBC assessment categories:

How to apply

Make your submission to the SBC Excellence Awards 2024 by filling in the submission form and sending this to by 26 February 2024.

Make your submission

Make your submission to the SBC Excellence Awards 2024 by filling in the form below and sending this to by 26 February 2024.

Meet the judges

Jonathan Moules

Chair of judges
Journalist, Financial Times

Professor Catherine Cassell

Academic judge
Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Durham University Business School

Tom Adeyoola

SME judge
Chair, SPOKE

Martin McTague

Stakeholder judge
Federation of Small Businesses, National Chair

Sarah Williams

Academic judge
Head of School, Business and Law BNU

Andrew Harrison

Stakeholder judge
Nat West, Managing Director, Customer Propositions & Delivery, Commercial & Institutional

Jo Keeler

Stakeholder judge
Managing Director, Belbin Ltd

2023 SBC Excellence Awards: Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 winners of the SBC Excellence Awards, for their outstanding achievements in their respective categories.