The Small Business Charter, which brings leading business/management schools and SME communities across the UK together, has awarded Sheffield University Management School a Silver Charter Award in recognition of our active participation in supporting start-ups and small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). This complements the School’s Triple Crown accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
This award demonstrates the School’s efforts to engage with SMEs in the Sheffield City Region. Professor Andrew Simpson, Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, welcomed the news: “We were thrilled to hear from the Small Business Charter regarding our silver award. Unique to the region, collaborating with SMEs and start-ups is part of the culture at the University of Sheffield and the Management School and it’s great to see these efforts acknowledged at such a high level.
“Working with organisations of this size is of benefit to a number of stakeholders: our students gain an inspiring insight into how businesses run and the world of enterprise; our research diversifies and in turn benefits the sector; and the SMEs and start-ups we work with can freely access our academic expertise and utilise talented, enthusiastic students.”
The mutual benefits are key to the success of working closely with this sector of industry and we have always maintained a strong connection with Sheffield City Region’s business community. Anchoring the support of small organisations within such a large infrastructure can be seen throughout the University and the Management School works closely with the Enterprise Centre (USE) and students in Enactus to ensure that we are a fundamental catalyst for entrepreneurial activity across the whole institution.
Our Employability Hub regularly advertises opportunities for students to work alongside SMEs and start-ups and enterprise culture and entrepreneurship are built into the School’s curriculum – from BA to MBA level, we want our students to have real-life insight into these inspiring organisations.
SMEs can first make contact with the School by visiting the Management Gateway – http://management.shef.ac.uk – a hub for organisations and any external activity we engage in. Networking opportunities, ways to engage with our students and expert consultancy are just a few of the opportunities facing businesses who engage with us, and now we hold the Small Business Charter silver award, it opens up even more possibilities.
Sheffield University Management School hopes that this accolade will further clear the path for SMEs and start-ups who are interested in working alongside us. Collaborating with a top one per cent management school presents numerous opportunities for enthusiastic young businesses looking to consult with experts, work with our students, network and access additional sources of growth funding.
Our commitment to enterprise is unique in the Sheffield City Region, and everyone is set to benefit.
The Small Business Charter
University business schools awarded with Small Business Charter awards have already directly helped over 8,000 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.
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 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.