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Using technology to operate more smartly
Malcolm Williamson, Commercial and Enterprise Director, discusses the importance of creating the right environment for SME businesses to thrive and how digital technology is core to this.
The Exemplas Index
The Winter/Spring Exemplas Index is the second in a series of reports, which highlights the findings of our research into the support needs and preferences of small business.
Improving UK Competitiveness – University Business Collaboration
A survey of over 18,000 academics in the UK, published by the National Centre for Universities and Business, “Changing State of Knowledge Exchange” shows that the majority of academic researchers are committed to helping the British economy grow by engaging with business.
The development of coaching
When it comes to development, coaching is very much the in vogue term. But is it a passing fad or is it here to stay?
Business Support Findings
Included in the research were a number of questions aimed at understanding why businesses use business support services and how they are benefiting from this use.
Our latest quarterly survey of small and medium enterprises, The Exemplas Index, provides insight into SME aspirations, challenges and access to business support services.
Managing Performance in SMEs
It’s often said that employees don’t leave companies, they leave managers. If this is true, then there’s a lot more managers should be doing to retain their staff.
The Exemplas Index
The Autumn Exemplas Index is the first in a series which will monitor trends in SMEs and the impact of external and economic factors on the SME community in England. This particular report focuses on the period from May – July 2015.
Lifelong learning in SMEs
As school and university students start a new academic year, this serves as a reminder to SME owners that learning should also be embedded into their strategy.
Let's get digital
A growing number of small businesses are beginning to recognize the importance of adopting a more digital approach to doing business.
Creating an enterprise education system
By Nigel Culkin, Professor of Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Development, University of Hertfordshire.
It’s encouraging to see that young people are drawn towards entrepreneurship. Indeed, research shows that 15% of undergraduates plan to start their own business after graduation.
Business shouldn’t be represented by just one voice, it should be by many
By Malcolm Williamson, Commerical and Enterprise Director. I was interested to read the FT last week and the story ‘Debate rages over genuine voice of British business.’ The author was seemingly suggesting that the UK needed a single voice for business, one authoritarian narrator to speak to the rest of the world about our business interests.
Reducing Recruitment Risks
Hiring mistakes are costly in all companies, but in SMEs where teams tend to be more stretched the consequences can be further reaching.
Apprenticeships to be protected by law
By Ruth Exelby, Skills Director. The announcement by Skills Minister Nick Boles that the term ‘apprenticeship’ will be protected in law as part of the government’s drive to strengthen their reputation can only be applauded.
UK SME statistics from the Department for business, Innovation and Skills ONS.
Let's look at a number of reasons to consider exporting.
A mission built on our passion for small business
By Jill Barnes, Chief Executive Calling small businesses the lifeblood of our economy might sound like a cliché. But it’s absolutely true. Just look at the figures: 99.3% of all UK private sector firms; over 15 million employees; and a combined turnover of more than £1.6 trillion.
Measures announced to improve EU legislative process
We hear all the time about the burden of regulation and the impact of regulation on small business. The European Commission announced a package of measures under its Better Regulation Agenda to reduce the regulatory burden on small firms.
Small Business Survey March 2015 – Summary of Trends in SME Performance
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills survey of business owners and managers in the UK (Small Business Survey 2014 - SME Employers March 2015) focuses on a range of issues including recent growth in sales turnover and employment, obstacles to business success, capabilities of owners and managers, access to finance and the use of business support.