Small Business Charter at Conservative Party Conference 2014

The Small Business Charter and the Association of Business Schools were joined by Lord Young, the Prime Minister's Adviser on Enterprise as the keynote speaker for their roundtable debate 'Supporting small business and local economic growth' at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

With reference to the ABS's Manifesto for Growth the panel discussed how the incoming 2015 government can support small businesses and local economic growth by releasing the potential of business schools to play a role in this.

Lord Young was joined on the panel by Professor Simon Collinson, Dean, Birmingham Business School; Professor Mark Hart, Economics & Strategy Group, Aston Business School; and Michael Hayman MBE, Co-Founder, Seven Hills and Co-Founder, StartUp Britain. Professor Angus Laing, Chair of the Association of Business Schools chaired the event.

The discussion focused on the ways that business schools engage with local businesses and business organisations to work together to create regional growth. The ways in which student entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged were also focused on along with exploring how to engage none business students in the opportunities that commercialisation can provide. The audience included a variety of representatives from startup businesses, social enterprises, local politics and business organisations.

Commenting on the event Professor Angus Laing said: “We were very pleased to be joined by Lord Young as the keynote speaker for this event along with Professor Simon Collinson; Professor Mark Hart; and Michael Hayman MBE. There was some very interesting discussion on the panel and from the audience on how business schools can promote local growth including looking at the role that the SBC is playing to promote closer community and business school links. It was good to see a wide range of interests represented in the audience from startups and social enterprises, local councillors and business organisations."