Friday, May 29, 2020

East Midlands businesses ‘most prepared’ for future

Businesses in the East Midlands are the most prepared for the future, as research shows that SMEs in the region have invested the most in their resilience.

This is according to new research from SME funding partner Ultimate Finance, which found that almost two thirds (65%) of SMEs in the East Midlands have invested in resilience in some form over the last 12 months, while another 16% are planning on doing so in the next year.

With recently released statistics outlining that the number of company insolvencies has reached the highest level since 2014, increasing in 2018 to 16,090, it’s time for businesses to take action and ensure they are resilient to manage future challenges.

The research revealed:

  • Three quarters (75%) feel that a lack of UK economic resilience will have a negative impact on their business, due to Brexit and sluggish growth
  • 43% felt that building their professional resilience was key to their success
  • SMEs in the East Midlands agreed that training for staff was the most important area to invest in, for future growth

Questioning 1,000 SMEs across a broad range of sectors, Ultimate Finance, alongside independent research company 3Gem, found that the East Midlands’ small business owners and managers are taking steps to protect their company against challenges such as cashflow problems, employment issues, Brexit and contending against larger competitors.

Steve Noble, Chief Operating Officer, Ultimate Finance commented: “We often think of resilience as the ability to bounce back from disaster but that doesn’t cover the whole story. Resilience is also about being prepared and guarding against future challenges as well as having the courage to ask for advice and support when making plans to tackle whatever is potentially on the horizon.

“We know from our work with thousands of small businesses, that SMEs are starting to take measures to improve their resilience and our research substantiates it. As Brexit looms and the British economy remains on shaky ground, SMEs in the East Midlands are preparing for the worst while getting on with every day business.

“Essentially, they are demonstrating the very essence of what it means to be resilient, as they attempt to overcome challenges. Yet they are time poor and often resource light, which can limit their capability to build their resilience in a way that truly safeguards their future. Our aim is to highlight the challenge and provide resources that will be genuinely useful for SMEs up and down the country.”

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