My team at Bibby Financial Services continuously monitor the market to enable us to better service our customers. We often use the market insight gathered to produce regional or sectorial reports and our latest two reports are available on this blog.
SME Sentiment Scotland
I’ve blogged before about funding Scotland’s thriving SME sector, and prior to September’s referendum my team produced the SME Sentiment Scotland report, which was a look at the country’s small and medium sized enterprise sector.
The report was based on research conducted among 500 businesses and includes a look at typical business profiles, sources of business advice and growth expectations.
Building growth on a heritage of excellence
The publication of our West Midlands report coincided with the official opening of Bibby Financial Services’ West Midlands Business Centre and – again – I’ve written before about the thriving local economy in this region.
It’s now widely recognised that the West Midlands is a great place to do business and – developing beyond our strong industrial heritage – over recent years the region’s central location and supporting infrastructure links to the rest of the UK and further afield, have put it firmly on the map as an area of inward investment.
Livelihood businesses in the UK
Also available on my blog is our report based on microbusinesses in the UK. This was based on research we conducted among smaller businesses and we found that more than a quarter (26 per cent) would close their business at retirement, rather than selling it or passing it on to a family member. In fact, findings were picked-up by The Telegraph, where some of my comments on the report were also published.
I’ll continue to host the latest studies carried out by my team at Bibby Financial Services on this blog so check-back in future if they’re of interest.
Alternatively, if you have any questions or feedback on our reports or suggestions on topics for future studies, feel free to get in touch with my team at: www.bibbyfinancialservices.co.uk.
Thanks again for reading.
UK CEO, Bibby Financial Services
About David Postings
David Postings is the UK Chief Executive Officer for Bibby Financial Services following his appointment in April 2012. David is an experienced senior executive with over 35 years’ experience in financial services. You can read more about David Postings and his position at Bibby Financial Services in the About Me Section.