Huddersfield Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter award, a national accreditation for the UK’s world-class business schools.
The Small Business Charter is an award granted to business schools after they have undergone a rigorous assessment which determines the effectiveness of their small business support, entrepreneurship education and engagement with their local economy.
Huddersfield Business School has received the award for the maximum five years and was recognised against all 31 Small Business Charter accreditation criteria.
The significant breadth of enterprise and entrepreneurship activity in the school and wider university was recognised by the assessment panel and the support delivered to SMEs and small businesses was considered extraordinary.
Prof Jill Johnes, dean of Huddersfield Business School, said: “To be awarded all 31 dimensions of the Small Business Charter is testament to Huddersfield Business School’s breadth of support for, and impact on, SMEs and the community and our students.
“We are located in an area where SMEs predominate and it is therefore a central part of our mission and vision to support the SMEs community.
“As such, I’m delighted that we have been awarded the Small Business Charter for the maximum five years and look forward to working with the Small Business Charter in extending our support of SMEs further through, for example, the Help to Grow initiative.”
The visibility of Huddersfield Business School as a source of advice for small businesses is extensive and partnership delivery is key to this.
Not only does Huddersfield Business School work proactively as a partner with other business schools regionally, nationally and internationally, but it has forged strong relationships with the Sir George Buckley Leadership Centre, the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and Leeds City Region Supply Chain programme to deliver executive training, business advice and business support.
At a local level, Huddersfield Business School takes a lead role in the delivery of the Kirklees Top 100 and has director level representation on the board of Huddersfield Unlimited, a company formed to support the interest of local companies in Huddersfield and attract inward investment to the town.
Encouraging students to be enterprising and entrepreneurial is a key objective of Huddersfield Business School and the wider university.