Northampton Business School at the University of Northampton is celebrating after attaining the Small Business Charter Bronze Award in recognition of the role it has played in helping to kick-start British enterprise.
The Small Business Charter Award scheme has already helped 4,700 students to find work placements in Britain’s exciting micro-business and start-up sector.
A spokesman said: “By receiving the award, Northampton Business School has demonstrated exceptional dedication to helping improve links with and support the small business community in the local area.
“It demonstrated how it actively supports the growth of small firms, engages with other stakeholders, and provides students with relevant start-up business support.
“The Northamptonshire Growth Hub – a business support service launched in partnership between the University, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and Northampton County Council – was highlighted as an example of good practice in the application process.
“Local businesses of all sizes can call the Northamptonshire Growth Hub for business support, access to funding and training, networking opportunities and advice,” he added.
Dr Mairi Watson, who led the application process on behalf of Northampton Business School, said: “We are thrilled to be among just 20 elite business schools who contribute extensively to small business and enterprise development. This award recognises our ongoing commitment and engagement with the community.”
Congratulating the Small Business Charter award winners for their trail-blazing work, Lord Young, an adviser to the Prime Minister on small business and enterprise, said: “The recipients of today’s award have all demonstrated exceptional dedication to improving links with and supporting small businesses in their local area, already creating more than 800 jobs.
“Our world-class universities and business schools are a key part of the UK economy – even more so as a result of this initiative. I hope that these awards will be the first of many and build on the outstanding work our business schools do to boost enterprise locally.”