Small Business Week 2007

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy, accounting for 47.1 per cent of UK employment (10.55 million jobs) and 37.2 per cent of turnover (£967.2 billion). Small Business Week 2007 is the first time key organisations representing a range of government, business and independent organisations have come together in partnership to celebrate the country’s 4.3 million small businesses, explore the issues and opportunities they face and champion their cause in highlighting what resources and support structures are available now and what is needed in the future to ensure this community continues to flourish.

The week brings together start-ups, home-based businesses and established, growing enterprises with BT Business, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), BusinessLink, EveryWoman and the Royal Bank of Scotland; all organisation who work directly with small businesses to help them survive and thrive.

The week will see a host of initiatives and activities taking place at locations across the UK, including a national launch event and debate at the BT Tower in London, a series of ‘better business’ events, round table discussions, web seminars, podcasts and advice clinics. The week will explore a wide range of key issues, topics and opportunities relevant to small business success, including how best to manage your carbon footprint as a SME, the merits of flexible working, making to most of business on the web, and key national and regional research findings on the ‘State of the SME Nation’ which will lift the lid on many of the issues affecting UK small businesses today.

The week offers businesses and other key stakeholders the chance to get involved in the debate, to access and share best practice advice, and to help shape the thinking and priorities of key SME support and service organisations for the future.

Follow the link for the full list of Small Business Week 2007 Schedule of Events.

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