In a week dominated by big businesses news and IPOs, the importance of SMEs to the UK market still shone through, with much focus being placed on development and investment into this sector.
Joley Kirby, SME Procurement Manager, Fujitsu UK & Ireland, @FujitsuSMELady, shares the stories of the week below.
- This week the Business is Great Britain campaign has been kick-started by business secretary Vince Cable and skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock. The campaign, which has been designed to build confidence amongst small businesses, will showcase case studies of companies which have been successful in building out operations. In addition to putting more focus on the importance of the SME market, the campaign’s website is also littered with useful resources, such as GrowthAccelerator, MentorSME and Private Sector Finance. Definitely a website worth a visit!
- It has also been announced that the Federation of Small Business (FSB) along with the British Chambers of Commerce, have been appointed by the Treasury to compile a new survey on banking in the UK. The survey, the first of its kind, will look at the products on offer to small firms through the main high street banks, alternative finance providers and challenger banks. Given all the news about the issues SMEs experience when they need to procure finance from banks, the results of this survey will definitely be worth keeping an eye on.
- If you are currently getting your business set up on the digital and social media front, you should cast your eye over the article, Everything you need to know about Google + for small businesses, that appeared on Small Business yesterday. Some useful tips and insights within this.
- Also, if you are small business interested in finding out how to leverage low cost, innovative and alternative ways of marketing your business, you may want to consider attending SME Growth Hack. This upcoming, free, event will look at how small business and entrepreneurs can leverage new technology, social media and support programmes to quickly build their businesses.
What was the key news for your business this week? Are you interested in the results of the FSB campaign on banking in the UK? And do you think you could be the next business featured on the website of the Business is Great Britain campaign? Let us know by commenting below, or engaging with us @Fujitsu_UK