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Kent Business School Receives Business Charter Award

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The business school at the University of Kent has been awarded the Small Business Charter in recognition of the work it does to support small businesses in the region, as well as support student entrepreneurship.

The Small Business Charter (SBC) is awarded by small businesses to recognise business schools which demonstrate excellence in supporting student enterprise, small businesses and the local economy.

Among the reasons for the award, SBC assessors cited the university's Accelerator Space for Innovation and Responsible Enterprise for providing excellent networking space for students and graduates starting up their own businesses.

The SBC also noted that support offered to small businesses was far-reaching and has a significant economic benefit to the region. The SBC cited the university's commitment to local and regional supplies that has led to contracts for 1,667 small businesses that has led to £26m being put back into the regional economy.

Commenting on the award, University of Kent Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Karen Cox, said: "It is wonderful news that the University has achieved the Small Business Charter award. The University prides itself on its engagement with the community, the importance of its civic role in Canterbury, Medway and across Kent and the support it provides for student entrepreneurship. This accreditation is great recognition of the success Kent Business School has had so far in all these areas and will help further promote and enhance our work supporting our students, local businesses and the economic prosperity of the South-East."