A Manifesto for Growth

Business schools contribute £3.25billion to the UK economy. Their students represent 1 in 5 post graduates, and 1 in 7 under graduates, attending university. We know that business schools are very well placed geographically, and in terms of expertise and knowledge, to support businesses – 43% of businesses use business schools to develop their staff - as well as provide start-up incubation, consultancy and professional development to students and entrepreneurs alike. This makes business schools uniquely placed and resourced to play a key role in the growth of their local economies. Whilst business schools can, and want to, do more to support small business growth directly, the government can introduce measures to release the potential contained within local business schools.

We want an incoming government to pledge to take three steps to further enable small businesses to benefit from what business schools have to offer:

  • Recognise business and management education and research in STEMM
  • Include business schools in local growth policies and business support initiatives
  • Remove international students from net migration targets

To support our Manifesto for Growth, we’ve provided three articles to back-up the case for each pledge.

You can download the full Manifesto for Growth here.

Read the articles here:

Professor Angus Laing, Chair, Association of Business Schools - From STEM to STEM

Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham DL, Prime Minister's Advisor on Enterprise - Backing Business Schools to Support Local Economic Growt

Professor Nora Ann Colton, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of East London, and Chair of the International & External Relations Committee, Association of Business Schools - International Business Students' Value to the UK Economy and Society: The Case for Changing UK Immigration Legislation