The Hunter Centre is deeply embedded within local, regional and national networks that support the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship needed for firm growth and the associated benefits of job generation and economic and social wealth.
Key relationships include engagement with the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Business Gateway.
Growth Advantage Programme
The backbone of the Scottish economy, established SMEs with ambitions to grow make a substantial contribution to employment and prosperity and bring economic benefits to the country as a whole. It’s essential that every opportunity for large scale, long-term growth is capitalised on by business owners and a significant part of our work at Strathclyde Business School is devoted to supporting this growth.
In 2015, with the support of Santander Corporate & Commercial, we launched the pioneering Growth Advantage Programme to provide a unique opportunity for the leaders of growth-oriented Scottish SMEs to take a step back from the daily demands of scaling their business to develop a robust strategy for growth combined with a practical action plan to deliver sustained growth. Designed to deliver relevant, accessible and practical learning for the leaders of ambitious businesses in Scotland by combining world class executive education with the power of peer learning, the Growth Advantage Programme is unique in Scotland and offers a fresh alternative to more established growth programmes only available in England and overseas.
The impact of the Growth Advantage Programme on the participants and their businesses is dramatic and you can find out more here.
Small Business Charter Award
Our work in industry was recognised when we received the Small Business Charter Award in 2014.
Recipients of the award have to have demonstrated exceptional dedication to helping improve links with and support the small business community in the local area, creating sustainable economic growth.
In order to achieve a Small Business Charter Award business schools undergo a rigorous assessment process to validate their business engagement and business support.
The Young Enterprise Company Programme is the ultimate business experience for S5 and S6 pupils. Young people set up and run their own company and develop a wide range of skills throughout this year long entrepreneurial experience.
The programme recognises the fundamental importance of equipping young people with knowledge and skills that will hold them in good stead for the long-term. We know from our research that young people show significant skill development in communication, problem solving, presentation skills, leadership skills, decision making, creative thinking and resilience.
One of the advantages of being a member of a Young Enterprise company is the opportunity to sit the Young Enterprise Scotland Examination. This is designed exclusively for those who have the unique experience of participating in a Young Enterprise Scotland company.
Further information on Young Enterprise.