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Saturday 21 March 2015

Students offered workshops with the Small Business Charter Growth Voucher Programme

Southampton Solent Business School is delighted to have completed the 6th diagnostic workshop in our series of diagnostic workshops as part of the Small Business Charter Growth Voucher programme. These workshops are free to the small businesses and places are filling fast on the various sessions.

Small business leaders met at the Business School and joined with academics and business mentors in considering how they might grow their businesses. An engaging and insightful session in which strengths and opportunities of the individual businesses was explored was led by Stephen Brown, senior lecturer in business.

Hannah Cooper of Labelman Ltd

One delegate commented:

“This event gives me, the business owner, time to pause for thought and reflect and analyse my business and establish avenues of growth areas that I require more support for.”

Echoing this thought, Celia Walters lecturer in HRM commented “this is an amazing opportunity for small businesses to ‘get out of their businesses to get into their businesses’”. Southampton Solent Business School lecturers value the development opportunity the workshops engender and the opportunity to share their industry, consultancy and business experience with others.

These small businesses will now have the opportunity to move forward to a suite of leadership and management workshops in a structured programme worth £2,000 of match funding towards the cost of the programme.

Southampton Solent Business School are part of a national consortium of six award winning Small Business Charter business schools that have developed a new growth voucher initiative, funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

The initiative is open to businesses from any sector, that employ up to 20 staff, with a turnover of less than 4 million euro, that have been trading for at least a year.

Emma Lopez of Idelica Ltd

Southampton Solent has been a trailblazing member of the Small Business Charter Award scheme since the beginning. Professor Georgina Andrews, director of Southampton Solent Business School says:

“It’s great to be given further resources with which to continue providing expert support and advice to local business and enterprise. It will enable us to offer support and advice to even more student, graduate and regional start-ups and small businesses looking for ways to develop and grow.”