By Daniel Hunter

The Small Business Charter, which brings leading business schools and communities across the UK together, has awarded Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University the Small Business Charter Award in recognition of its active participation in supporting start-ups, students and small businesses.

IT makes Northumbria University the first university in the North East to be awarded the Charter.

University business schools awarded with Small Business Charter awards have already directly helped over 8000 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.

The Small Business Charter originated following Lord Young’s report ‘Growing Your Business’, which was aimed at bringing business schools, business and entrepreneurs closer together to deliver support for small businesses and drive local economic growth. Delivered in partnership with the Association of Business Schools, and with the support of Lord Young and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Small Business Charter Awards offers a springboard to unlocking support and investment for students, start-ups and 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”.