Northumbria University’s business school has won a national award which recognises its work in supporting the start-up of small businesses.
Newcastle Business School has become the first institution in the North East to receive the Small Business Charter, which was set up following a report by Lord Young which called for universities to do more to support small businesses and drive economic growth.
University business schools awarded the charter 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.
Newcastle Business School received the accreditation after assessors met with staff, students, alumni and small business owners to gauge the level of the university’s involvement with small businesses.
Professor Kevin Kerrigan, executive dean for Newcastle Business School, said: “We are delighted to be the first university in the North East to achieve this accreditation, celebrating and recognising how we support both the local business community and the development of our students – especially their employability and career prospects.”
Newcastle Business School provides its students with the opportunity to work on real business issues while gaining relevant industry experience.
It also ensures that its academics work with SMEs to offer help with growing their business.
Among the courses it offers to small business owners is its Entrepreneurial Business Management course, which encourages students to take a hands-on approach to learning while building up business skills, and free Business Clinics for SMEs, offering a range of business consultancy resources to small businesses.