Strathclyde Business School awarded gold Small Business Charter Award

Strathclyde Business School facade, Cathedral Street

Strathclyde Business School has been awarded a gold Small Business Charter award in recognition of its commitment to supporting SMEs, including the significant impact of its Growth Advantage Programme which has helped businesses to achieve initial, ongoing and planned growth.

The Small Business Charter is an award developed by Lord Young, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Chartered Association of Business Schools, to raise awareness of the role business schools play in supporting small businesses, local economies and student entrepreneurship.

Strathclyde Business School is recognised for its excellent work in supporting Scottish firms scale-up through innovation, internationalisation and leadership. The Growth Advantage Programme, a 10 month business accelerator programme, provides an opportunity for growth oriented SME’s to develop a strategy and a robust plan to deliver sustained growth.

Strathclyde was amongst a pioneering group of 20 business schools to be first given the Small Business Charter award in June 2014 in recognition of their expertise, resources and work in giving support to start-ups and small businesses. This latest award represents an upgrade to Gold for Strathclyde. 31 business schools across the UK now hold the Small Business Charter.

Business schools awarded with the Small Business Charter award have already directly helped over 18,750 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.

John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister said:

"The University of Strathclyde deserves credit for this achievement. The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and the wider Business School have been exemplars of the Scotland CAN DO approach and this recognition further verifies the superb work they do to drive inclusive growth in Scotland. I look forward to hearing how they continue to build upon this and help our entrepreneurs reach their potential."

Professor David Hillier, Executive Dean of Strathclyde Business School, said:

“We are delighted that the University of Strathclyde has received the Small Business Charter Gold Award. As an institution, we are committed to fostering entrepreneurial spirit and, through the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, we provide one of the largest university-based centres of entrepreneurship in the UK.

“The Gold Award recognises the high-quality expert advice, training and support that we provide to help small and medium sized businesses – and is a significant statement of support of our efforts to ensure our expertise has an impact on wider society.”

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, said:

“It is fantastic to see the tangible difference UK business schools make to small businesses and local economies. Strathclyde Business School has shown ongoing commitment to finding ways of connecting with businesses in meaningful ways. Their recent Growth Advantage Programme, for example, provided a boost to the leadership skills of participants which has injected belief into their capacity to grow. The programme was also successful in attracting a high proportion of women participants, which should be commended.”