Staffordshire University celebrates Small Business Charter award

"The Small Business Charter award was set up to recognise Business Schools that are doing a lot to help SMEs in their local community because this is seen as being part of how we make British GDP growth and productivity improve. The role of Business Schools as anchor institutions is vital in helping that growth to come through."

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of The Chartered Association of Business Schools and Executive Director of the Small Business Charter

Staffordshire University has received a Small Business Charter award recognising its work to support small business, start-ups and the local economy.

The presentation was made by Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of The Chartered Association of Business Schools and Executive Director of the Small Business Charter, who congratulated Staffordshire University Business School on becoming one of 33 Business Schools in the UK to receive the prestigious award.

Anne talked about the rigorous criteria behind the award and said Staffordshire University had been highlighted for its relationships with businesses, partner organisations and LEPs and also for its Be Inspired programme which impressed assessors for its holistic approach to supporting small business.

She added: "The Small Business Charter award was set up to recognise Business Schools that are doing a lot to help SMEs in their local community because this is seen as being part of how we make British GDP growth and productivity improve. The role of Business Schools as anchor institutions is vital in helping that growth to come through."

Accepting the award, Interim Dean Dr Peter Jones said: "It’s testament to the great work we do here to support small businesses. It’s nice to be recognised but it also allows us to support a pretty elite team of people who are working in a similar way, to share ideas and go on and continue to develop the work we do here."

The presentation event was also attended by Film, Television and Radio Studies graduate Joe Gordon who, with the business start-up support on offer from the University, set up video production company Reels in Motion with fellow graduates Matt Hubbard and Phil Bland in 2004.

Joe said: “12 years on and we are a team of nine – six of which are Staffordshire graduates and the seventh is doing an undergraduate placement with us. Reels in Motion owes Staffordshire University a debt of gratitude and we congratulate you on achieving the Charter.” 

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