Setting the SME agenda

We constantly seek to add value to the UK’s SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) economy in as many ways as we can. Both by working with businesses one-to-one through our specialist business support services, and by bringing insight into current trends and emerging theories, hosting educational events and webinars, and by providing innovative opportunities for entrepreneurs to network, collaborate and share information.

This is what this section of our site is all about – giving you access to stimulating business focused thought-leadership and key resources that can make a tangible difference to you, your organisation’s performance, propensity to innovate and to sustainable success.

Sajid Javid Sets Out his Priorities for Small Business

In his home town of Bristol the new Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, introduced his priorities for small business and an Enterprise Bill which is aimed at simplifying and clarifying the business environment in this country. During his speech Javid was keen to emphasise his entrepreneurial roots and commitment to UK small business.  Read more.

Budget 2015 - key points

George Osborne delivered his 2015 budget speech saying “Today I report on a Britain that is growing, creating jobs and paying its way.”  “Britain is walking tall again.” The economic environment in which our businesses operate is improving, in fact the UK has grown faster than any other advanced economy and has the potential to be the largest economy in Europe.
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Apprentices Make a Real Difference to Small Business

Research has shown that for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) there are real and numerous benefits of taking on an apprentice. In fact businesses experience an average increase in productivity of £214 a week when they hire apprentices. Apprenticeships have also contributed £34 billion to the UK economy in 2014.

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Long term export support confirmed for small and medium sized firms

Great news for SMEs. The Government will sign new five-year contracts with locally based providers to deliver export support to businesses, Trade Minister Lord Livingston announced today. Exemplas is proud to be awarded the contracts for Yorkshire and Humber Region and for the East of England.

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Reforming Apprenticeships - Government asks for SME perspective

The government recently issued a statement outlining the next steps in apprenticeship reform in response to a consultation from March last year “The future of apprenticeships in England: funding reform technical consultation”.

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Research reveals “soft skills” are worth an extra £88bn in increased productivity to the UK economy

Research commissioned by McDonalds reveals that “soft skills” are worth an extra £88bn in increased productivity to the UK economy.

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