As we enter the final week before Christmas, it’s time for SMEs to finish up for the holiday break. But there is still lots to do to finalise this year and prepare for 2016! This week’s round up looks at predictions and what we can expect from SMEs next year:
- Technology will be a huge factor for SME growth in 2016 according to research from Barclays Business. The research, which spoke to decision makers of UK SMEs, also revealed that consumer demand will be vital to accelerate growth.
- More than two fifths of companies will grow their workforce next year, with permanent jobs outstripping temporary roles, according to new research from the latest CBI/Accenture Employment Trends Survey. The research also highlighted how companies expect to create more graduate jobs and apprenticeships.
- Bibby Financial Services has pledged over £770m in funding for SMEs. The announcement from the UK’s largest independently owned invoice finance provider, came after it had completed a refinancing with Barclays as part of its funders growth strategy.
Let us know your thoughts on this week’s news. What are your priorities for 2016? Will technology play an important role? Are you planning on expanding your workforce? Will you take advantage of this new funding? You can reach us by commenting below or tweeting at @Fujitsu_UK or @FujitsuSMELady