An update on our engagement and outreach activities

It has been a busy time for the SBC. We are following up on numerous opportunities to engage with external agencies, and enterprise and entrepreneurship are high on the political agenda – discounting of course that other issue atop of the political agenda!

We are in discussions with BEIS on the contribution SBC schools could make to the development and delivery of the recently announced Small Business Leadership Programme. The Government has set aside £11m for this project for the next financial year and we hope that we will be able to help shape the end product. SBC schools have been invited to contribute their thoughts, so do get in touch if you think your school may not yet have responded.

We recently saw the publication of the report on Enterprise Education at Universities by the APPG for Entrepreneurship and the Enterprise Network. We are discussing with the Enterprise Network ways in which we may be able to work more closely together. The report launch took place in the House of Lords, hosted by new Chartered ABS Fellow, Lord Bilimoria. The report makes a number of excellent recommendations which can be read here.

We have recently developed stronger relationships with other organisations such as the Federation of Small Businesses, the Duke of York’s iDEA scheme, Be the Business and others. We hope that by spreading the word about the great work business schools are doing to support small businesses we can drive more demand.

As always we open to feedback on the issues we should be addressing as an organisation. Please do get in touch if there are topics you would like to discuss face-face.

Anne Kiem, Executive Director of the SBC and Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business Schools