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Wednesday 8 July 2015

Solent upgraded to Silver Charter Award

The Small Business Charter (SBC) – which brings together leading business/management schools and SME communities – has upgraded Southampton Solent Business School to a Silver Charter Award in recognition of its active participation in supporting start-ups and small businesses.

Delivered in partnership with the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and with the support of Lord Young and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Small Business Charter Awards offers a springboard to unlocking support and investment for students, start-ups and small businesses.

Ian McNaught, Executive Director of the Small Business Charter, says, “The Small Business Charter management board is delighted with the latest awards and upgrades from across the country. Business Schools are again showing their impact on SMEs through world class business expertise, programmes and advice. Each business school went through rigorous assessment to gain their awards and we are very pleased with the standards which have been demonstrated in this round of applications.”

The other institutions to be upgraded to silver are Kingston University, and the University of the West of England.

“The silver award recognises our leading role in the business community…” Professor Georgina Andrews

Receiving a SBC Award provides numerous benefits to business schools including the ability to play an active role in national business initiatives. Southampton Solent is one of six Business Schools to take part in the recent BIS funded SBC Group Voucher programme – an initiative that gives Hampshire businesses access to advice and mentorship from business experts on growing and improving their company.

“This award comes at an exciting time for the University,” says Professor Georgina Andrews, who will be take on the role of Director of Solent University’s new School of Business and Law on 1 August 2015. “We are currently undergoing a period of accelerated development and our commitment in business to SMEs is a key priority.”

“The silver award recognises our leading role in the business community supporting SMEs and acting as an anchor institution to assist the local economy,” she adds. “It will give us access to even more initiatives and support that will benefit the University, its students and the wider business community. We are delighted by the positive feedback from the businesses that we work with.”

There are now 27 Charter awarded business schools across the UK who continue to help start-ups and small businesses. The SBC awards were established by the Chartered Association of Business Schools, Lord Young and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in order to connect SMEs with world class business school knowledge, facilities and networks.

For further information contact the media office on 023 8201 3040 OR EMAIL press.office@solent.ac.uk

The Small Business Charter originated following Lord Young’s report ‘Growing Your Business’, which was aimed at bringing business schools, business and entrepreneurs closer together to deliver support for small businesses and drive local economic growth. Delivered in partnership with the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and with the support of Lord Young and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Small Business Charter Awards offers a springboard to unlocking support and investment for students, start-ups and small businesses. For more information about the SBC: http://smallbusinesscharter.org