Published on in Fujitsu and SMEs

Duncan Tait | CEO, Fujitsu UK & Ireland

If you’ve taken the time to delve into our Collaboration Nation report already, then you’ll be aware of Fujitsu’s thoughts on just how important SMEs are to the British economy.

I’m pleased to say that we are not alone. In the preface to its Roads to Success report from 2013, the House of Lords Select Committee on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises noted that “the potential of British SMEs is huge… The UK has 4.8 million SMEs and their role in the economy is growing.”

In their own research from 2011, our colleagues at the CBI estimated that medium-sized enterprises alone could contribute as much as £50bn to the UK economy by 2020.

Indeed, no matter which way you turn, the economic significance of our small and medium-sized businesses seems to be irrefutable – and capitalising on that opportunity is vital to our long-term economic growth as a nation.

Better collaboration between businesses of all sizes has a key role to play here. More than 40% of the SMEs that responded to our Collaboration Nation research said that they have won business by working together with a larger partner. Almost 70% say that they couldn’t have done so without the support of the large enterprise in question.

It’s with that thought in mind that I’m delighted to introduce our Collaboration Nation Academy here at the Fujitsu UK & Ireland blog.

Over the coming months, we will be bringing you a range of news stories, articles, tips, features, videos and more, as well as contributions from a range of experts in the small business field.

Alongside this, we’ll be providing updates on what Fujitsu itself is doing to refine and improve the way that we work with our own small and medium-sized suppliers.

All of this content is aimed at helping to set out our view for what needs to be done to help turn the UK and Ireland into genuine Collaboration Nations.

We hope that you enjoy it and, as always, would love to hear your feedback – either in the comments below, or via our blog editor Jim Millen.

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