As we head into an Autumn that feels more like a winter, small business news continues to make headlines with the FSB welcoming the European Commission’s new strategy announcement, a report finding SMEs are still not moving with the digital times and news that the skills gap is hitting SMBs along with everyone else.
- The Federation of Small Businesses has welcomed the European Commission’s new trade strategy which includes a dedicated focus on small business. The commission announced that all EU trade agreements will include provision considerations for small and medium-sized enterprises
- According to a report by domain supplier GoDaddy 60% of UK businesses with five employees or less – which constitute almost a fifth of Britain’s small business population – are lacking an online presence. Of the 500 businesses polled, 54% of the business owners who did not have a website said they were worried about their future prospects and were expecting zero growth over the next three to five years
- Over three quarters of UK business owners struggle to find the right employees according to constructaquote.com’s recent study, with 67% of those surveyed saying applicants don’t have the right skills and 77% stating they struggled to find the right kinds of people to work for them.
Let us know your thoughts on this week’s news. What are your thoughts on the new small business focus from the EU Commission? Is your business still lacking a website? Do you struggle to find the right talent with the right skills? You can reach us by commenting below or tweeting at @Fujitsu_UK or @FujitsuSMELady