Cardiff School of Management is first in Wales to achieve the prestigious Small Business Charter award
CARDIFF Metropolitan University has become the first university in Wales to be awarded the prestigious Small Business Charter in recognition of its work with business, and its commitment to supporting students in enterprise and entrepreneurship activities.
The Small Business Charter (SBC) is awarded by the Chartered Association of Business Schools and recognises business schools that have undergone a rigorous assessment across its three pillars: small business support for growth; engagement with a wider stakeholder engagement in the growth agenda, and, support for student start-ups.
The award, which also includes an SBC Exemplar, has been made to the university's Cardiff School of Management, which has been instrumental in the creation of a 'Centre for Work Based Learning' which actively links workplace practice to academic achievement.
The Small Business Charter adjudicators said this dedicated facility had demonstrated exceptional capability and capacity in responding to the needs of small businesses.
The adjudicators also said the university continues its commitment to education, research and innovation in partnership with students, governments, businesses and industry, and this brings benefits to the society and the local economy.
In addition to a nationally recognised kitemark, the SBC provides a platform for business schools to share best practice on what works best in supporting small businesses. There are currently 36 business schools across the UK who have achieved the award.
Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams said:
''We would like to congratulate Cardiff School of Management for achieving the prestigious Small Business Charter award and for being the first in Wales to do so.
"The outcome is testimony to their effort in reaching out to local businesses that has in turn delivered financial impact for the local economy. The Welsh Government is keen to see more Welsh schools achieve the Charter award."
Professor David Brooksbank, Dean of Cardiff School of Management, said:
"We are delighted with this significant award, which reflects the School's longstanding commitment to the small business sector and the excellence of our provision. We are honoured to be the first business school to be granted chartered status in Wales; an award for five years with recognition of nationally excellent practice is the highest accolade that can be achieved. SMEs in Wales now know where to come for advice and support and students can be assured that the education they receive at Cardiff Met is entirely focused on employment outcomes that match their talents and aspirations."
Siân Rees, Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise, Cardiff School of Management added:
"The Charter also demonstrates the commitment and hard work of staff at the School of Management and signals that small businesses are at the heart of our business engagement activity. We have built a strong tradition of working with and supporting local SMEs, and the Small Business Charter award is both testament to that past, but more importantly is a statement of our intent for the future.
"As an anchor institution for South East Wales, this award showcases our impact and our role in growing the economy and improving productivity in the whole of the Cardiff Capital Region."
Anne Kiem, Executive Director of the Small Business Charter, and Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, said:
"The Small Business Charter is a difficult award to achieve, and Cardiff School of Management are to be congratulated for their success.
"The assessors were particularly impressed by the business school's strong commitment to enterprise and to SME engagement. The award highlights the management school's contribution to research, support to businesses, student start-ups and academic spinouts."
Notes to Editors
Small Business Charter
The Small Business Charter grew out of Lord Young's report 'Growing Your Business', with the aim of bringing business schools, business and entrepreneurs together to deliver support for small businesses and drive local economic growth. The award is a nationally recognised kitemark and we facilitate valuable knowledge sharing networks to ensure the value of the business school knowledge, management expertise, and enterprise education offered by our business schools is maximised and utilised.
For more information about the SBC: smallbusinesscharter.org
About the Chartered Association of Business Schools
For more information about the Chartered ABS: http://charteredabs.org/