Monday, 24 March 2014

The Key to Development for Small & Medium Enterprises (SME’s)

Economic RecoveryWith the UK experiencing such economic uncertainty since the recession in 2008, great emphasis has been on the economic recovery and growth of our nation’s business structure. More and more independent smaller businesses are struggling to compete with much larger enterprises, and without additional support from banks or government bodies, it seems unclear as to the future of SME’s in light of the negative connotations associated with the impending rising interest rates over the coming quarters.

For many small and medium size businesses, owners fight through the difficulties with outstanding determination and are indeed an admiration to many, but as one analyst recently asked “Why suffer the pain of business, when you could easily see a specialist who can diagnose and medicate the problem?” This suggests that a unique business strategy for developing businesses is key to progression and growth, whilst avoiding the demise of many perfectly manageable ailments associated with businesses at risk of losing their footing.

Essentially, everything is relative and must be treated as such. It is not surprising that small to medium size business enterprises do not succeed beyond their infancy, as every element of business growth and support is generalised, and in doing so, ignores matters that are specific to certain areas of success for growth. Therefore, by applying the same model to businesses of given ages or sizes, we can begin to establish the specific business acumen necessary for smaller enterprises.

Smaller businesses can easily be compared with premature babies whose survival is paramount to how they are looked after, as well as how much they grow, and cared for in the right way, with specialist help, they can become successful and create as many new jobs and resources as that of larger sized long-term enterprises. As with life, businesses need to adopt strategies specific to each stage – nurturing, growth and expansion – whilst maintaining the health of every aspect of their creation, otherwise, one ailment may easily cause a reduction in efficiency throughout the whole process, thus putting it at risk of demise, effectively ending its life.

So how do we enable smaller businesses to employ more staff and reach a higher threshold? Well, in essence, there simply needs to be more emphasis on specific growth strategies for the various stages of enterprise – from infancy to old age – considering the needs unique to that stage in their development, rather than focusing on supporting larger businesses that are a safer bet for the future. This model of support and development, effectively parenting, looks to be a much more productive way of achieving economic success, in every sense of the word.
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  1. When you own a business it's hard to see much more than right in front of your face. It always helps to have a second set of eyes to come in and help you. If you look at profit as just that, you would need someone to come in and show you that:

    profit = revenues - expenses

    So to get more profit you have to take a closer look at both factors to help ease the pain of low profit. You could be making enough revenue but are blowing it on unnecessary expenses. Definitely helps to have a second set of eyes.

    1. AJ, you are absolutely right, as having that "second set of eyes" is always useful. Whether it be your accountant or another professional advisor, they will not be blinkered as many business owners often are, just due to the fact that the business managers work in the business on a daily basis and the professional don't. Professionals have generally seen a variety of strategies within other businesses too, where some have worked and others have failed. Access to this knowledge is valuable, but often overlooked.

  2. I think it comes down to the pure passion a business owner has to come out ahead. I agree with AJ above that it helps to have some help. But starting a business we need to find out first if what the business is, is popular enough to work.

    Profit will come if you are in love with what you do. :)

    1. A great point Dave. Passion masks a variety of weaknesses and drives you to success, but with that professional help or support, you can be even more successful and most probably get there quicker too, making fewer mistakes along the way.

  3. Every business needs that second set of eyes to show them what they might be missing by being in the middle of the daily grind. Would you suggest a business consultant for a new business or should that new business become more established?