UWE Bristol wins silver small business charter

Issue date: 09 July 2015

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The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has been successful in winning a silver small business charter award from the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

Small Business Charter awards recognise outstanding work by universities in supporting small businesses, start-ups and their contribution to local economic growth. Bristol Business School at UWE Bristol is amongst a small group of business schools who have had their award upgraded.

The Small Business Charter 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. There are now 27 Charter awarded business schools across the UK who continue to help start-ups and small businesses.

Receiving a Small Business Charter Award provides numerous benefits to business schools including the ability to play an active role in national business support initiatives such as the Growth Voucher programme.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Jane Harrington was delighted with the award, “Enterprise is at the heart of everything we do here at UWE, from developing entrepreneurial graduates via our innovative Team Entrepreneurship degree to supporting local businesses through various initiatives such as the 'Innovation 4 Growth' programme. We are therefore thrilled to receive the Small Business Charter silver award as it is testament to the hard work of our students and staff in embracing entrepreneurship at all levels within the university.

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, who holds the chair in entrepreneurship and strategy at Bristol Business School said, “This is a wonderful achievement for UWE but we want to build on this success to ensure that we not only develop entrepreneurship within the university but across the West of England region. By developing the old Hewlett Packard plant into one of only four University Enterprise Zones in the UK, we will be supporting innovative local businesses but also ensuring that our talented students and graduates have the support to start and grow their own businesses."

Ian McNaught, Executive Director of the Small Business Charter, said, “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 27 Charter awarded business schools continue to positively influence regional economic growth through engaging small businesses and supporting start-ups. They are key players in their local economies and they are rightly being recognised for that commitment.”

University business schools awarded with Small Business Charter awards have already directly helped over 8000 small businesses – working with them through a range of support including on-site incubators with dedicated space for students and small businesses to start up and grow; dedicated Small Business Growth & Leadership programmes; and strong full time support networks of alumni and local business experts supporting both students and small businesses. These business schools have helped 4,700 students to find work placements in Britain's exciting micro-business and start-up sector.

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