Small business champion Lord Young visits Nottingham University Business School

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11 Oct 2013 14:27:13.463


The Prime Minister’s chief ‘Enterprise’ adviser, Lord Young of Graffham, will explore the cutting edge of entrepreneurship education and business engagement on a visit to Nottingham University Business School.

The School’s reputation as a pioneer of large scale entrepreneurship  education and integrated Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) engagement has prompted the high-profile government advisor to see for himself The University of Nottingham’s leading contribution to higher education in business and management – not least its unique research centre, the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (previously UNIEI).

The visit on Monday 14 October follows a meeting at Downing Street where Dean of the Business School, Professor Martin Binks, was invited to take part in consultations on a new government charter for small and medium-sized enterprises. Lord Young’s recent report, ‘Growing your Business’, called for a new small business charter and an award scheme to encourage business schools to help SMEs grow.

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Professor Binks is part of the consultation on higher education involvement in supporting SMEs. He said:  “Our experience over many years of working with large cohorts of SMEs to encourage their growth and development has provided valuable insights into how this can be achieved effectively. The current ‘Growth 100’ project, in collaboration with Nottingham City Council, is the latest of these initiatives.”

In his report, ‘Growing your Business’, Lord Young said: “I would like to see a charter and award scheme in place for the next academic year. This charter and award scheme would underpin a coherent package of help on offer from business schools to small businesses, making the schools easily identified as places where students and staff are keen and able to work with small firms on the specialist areas that drive their growth. I believe in future such schools should also encompass resources such as incubators where small firms and entrepreneurs can interact with the facilities and students in business schools.” 

Lord Young will visit Nottingham University Business School on the Jubilee Campus from 10.30am to 12.15pm on Monday 14 October 2013. 

Photographs will be available to the media after the event.

Above photograph courtesy of David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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More information is available from Sophia Taylor, External Relations Manager at Nottingham University Business School, on +44 (0)115 846 6974,

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