What is the Social Mobility Business Partnership?

Born out of the multiple award winning Legal Social Mobility Partnership, SMBP is a volunteer led charity which brings together over 80 professional services firms, commercial organisations and professional sports teams committed to supporting students from low income backgrounds in their pursuit of a career, in particular, as a legal or finance professional.

The SMBP currently runs programmes in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Norwich and Reading, successfully unifying efforts to promote social mobility in the legal and accountancy professions through partnerships with Aspiring Solicitors, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the ICAEW, CILEx, ACCA, IntoUniversity, the Sutton Trust and PRIME.

The SMBP works to break down psychological barriers to ‘fitting in’ that students may experience when entering the world of business by providing them with an opportunity to experience different working environments and meet the professionals within them. It helps develop students’ commercial awareness and skills in the following areas: interviewing, team working, relationship building, presenting, influencing, resilience, goal planning and negotiation. The programme arms students with multiple corporate brand names to create stand out Personal Statements and CVs, and provides engaging business game focussed work. This enables students to confidently answer competency questions asked during university and job interviews.

Overture London is proud to support the SMBP across digital, brand and communications. We want to spread the word about the charity and maximise its impact. To find out more about the great work the SMBP is involved in, visit smbp.org.uk.

Make a Donation, Make a Difference

To make a donation click here – 100% of your donation will be used to pay for the travel expenses of students who attend SMBP schemes nationwide.