Developed by Lord Young, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and CABS the SBC is an award for UK business schools that play an effective role in supporting small businesses, local economies and student entrepreneurship.
In order to maintain the SBC award, the Management School underwent rigorous assessment to determine its effectiveness in business support, entrepreneurship education and engagement with the SME community. The assessment itself took place virtually over two days in October 2022 and involved a number of Management School staff, students and alumni as well as external stakeholders.
The re-accreditation process was led by members of the Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship with support from colleagues across the Management School and the wider University. Assessors were provided with compelling evidence demonstrating the School’s focus in the three required areas: Support for Growth of Small Businesses; Stakeholder Engagement to Support Growth; and Encouraging Student Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
The Management School was first accredited with the prestigious award in 2014 after demonstrating exceptional dedication to helping improve links and support the local small business community and was re-accredited in 2020 following the School’s focus on growing its entrepreneurship community as well as the highly regarded Growth Catalyst programme.
Commenting on the reaccreditation Professor Julia Balogun, Dean of the Management School, said,
“We are delighted that we have received reaccreditation from the Small Business Charter, which recognises our excellence in teaching and research to support business and enterprise.”
As a result of gaining the SBC for the next five years, the Management School can continue to expand its support of small business and enterprise communities through its business growth and leadership programmes, through its research within the Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship and through supporting its enterprising and talented students.