SMEs: a global view of opportunities and challenges in 2017

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In 2016, Bibby Financial Services published its inaugural Global Business Monitor report, providing unique insight into the opportunities and challenges facing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Asia, Europe and North America. Amid geopolitical change and rising economic uncertainty, the study highlighted specific issues facing such businesses, including rising input costs, the burden of government regulation and ongoing cashflow management. Though issues keeping business owners awake were predominantly close to home, there was undoubtedly […]

Dark clouds on the economic horizon according to UK SMEs

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The findings of our SME Confidence Tracker, reported in the Daily Telegraph, highlight subdued business confidence in Q3. Our research among 1,000 UK SMEs, shows declining business performance and significantly lower sales expectations for the final quarter, when compared with the same period in 2014. Investment is also on shaky ground. Less businesses are recruiting, and – overall – investment in people is down 6%, year-on-year. Though there are small pockets of optimism in both geography […]