The University of Gloucestershire’s Gloucestershire Business School has received an award for its commitment to supporting small businesses, student entrepreneurship and the local economy.

The Small Business Charter Award is a national accreditation to recognize business schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting small businesses, student businesses, and the local economy.

“The panel was particularly impressed by several student-led initiatives at Gloucestershire Business School, including the Legal Advice Clinic, where students last year offered free legal advice to members of the local community,” said a spokesman.

“The school’s growth hub was also commendable and the example of SME impact was impressive. The operation of the hub brings SMEs, micro-businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to the university, which has a significant positive impact on the local community.

“Students at Gloucestershire Business School offer a wide range of opportunities to connect with local SMEs through consulting projects and internships throughout their studies.

“The current development of the 360 ​​student counseling service will provide a multidisciplinary service that will enable students to connect with a wider range of SMEs, both to deepen their education and to provide a more comprehensive service for business needs in the region .

“Gloucestershire Business School has great opportunities for SMEs in the area – more than 80% of the university’s suppliers are SMEs.

“Companies also have the opportunity to get involved in the school curriculum, with local SMEs recently being consulted on the revalidation of the Business and Management program.”

Dr. Dominic Page, Director of Gloucestershire Business School, said: “We are very pleased and proud to have received the Small Business Charter. Working with SMEs in the Gloucestershire region is an integral part of the University of Gloucestershire’s strategic vision. This improves the experience of our learners as we prepare them for the challenges of the modern world of work.

“This award also recognizes the critical role the Growth Hub has played in helping companies of all sizes thrive. We strive to further embed our commitment to SMEs in everything we do. “

Anne Kiem OBE, Executive Director of the Small Business Charter and Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, said: “We are pleased to announce the Small Business Charter to Gloucestershire Business School in recognition of its commitment to supporting SMEs and student entrepreneurship within the local economy .

“It is clear that they are committed to providing both students and SMEs with a strong, enriching experience and we look forward to working closely with them in the future.”