09 May 2012
Canterbury Christ Church University has renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
Representatives from Canterbury Christ Church University, alongside Roger House, Kent and Medway Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin Baker.
Building on the long standing relationship with the FSB and the University’s Research and Enterprise Development Centre over the past five years, the MOU will continue its work in supporting the development of skills and the acquisition of knowledge and expertise of the business community.
The MOU also aims to encourage small businesses to work with higher education institutions, whilst also promoting the contribution of the small business sector to the Kent economy.
Professor Robin Baker, Vice-Chancellor at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “The University places great value on its long standing relationship with the Federation of Small Businesses and we look forward to developing and strengthening this collaboration further.
“The Memorandum of Understanding emphasises the importance of this partnership to both parties and is a clear demonstration of our shared commitment to work together to foster and support areas of mutual interest for the benefit of small businesses in Kent and Medway.”
Roger House, Chairman of the FSB, said: "It is critical to the future of the economy that we draw together vibrant partnerships that can deliver enhanced and sustainable business profitability. By linking a university such as Canterbury Christ Church with the largest of the business organisations I firmly believe that we have the recipe for achieving that economic goal.
“In addition, a key objective of the FSB is to develop a virtuous circle of school, FE and HE linkages that together underwrite the drive for enterprise and employability. Working both with the business and the education faculties will give us opportunity to create a dynamic interaction for business growth and drawing out the Real Life Entrepreneur.”
Created in 2005, the MOU is the first of its kind in the country that linked a University and the FSB. The collaboration has contributed significantly to the success of the University’s regular Business Forums and to joint participation in some high profile, public debates.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
•We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.
*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey