How Does an SME Remain Competitive in the War for Talent?

Written by Lucy Bielby on Nov 30, 2018

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are recorded to make up 97% of organisations in the UK (excluding micro-businesses), and therefore it would seem fitting that they are shouldering most of the skills shortage challenge that we are seeing in the UK.

According to a recent survey by The Open University¸ small businesses are feeling the strain when it comes to talent attraction with three in five (62%) feeling that losing highly skilled candidates to larger competitors, significantly affects their organisation’s growth potential. 

Whilst the feeling of many business leaders seems to be that the larger organisations monopolise the best talent in the market. It is key to remember that different skill-sets and behaviours are required in the fast-paced start up environment than an established FTSE organisation.

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Challenge Is the New Norm for MD’s, Owners and Founders of SME’s- So Learn to Manage It.

Written by Craig Elvin on Jan 18, 2018

We live in a world of constant change and challenge. Gone are the days of 3-year business plans, long term horizons and any semblance of normality or certainty. In previous blogs, I have spoken about the qualities required by leaders to be able to handle that change and come out on top. However, in this series of blogs I wanted to discuss the common challenges facing SME leaders in 2018.

As a business leader it is great to know you are not on your own, but also important to handle the challenges you will ultimately face at some point in your career. Over the next few weeks, I will be looking at the following areas and gaining insight from industry leaders. These insights will both prepare you for uncertainty and provide you with the understanding around the key skills needed to tackle these common encounters.

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The Companies with the Best People Win. Fact.

Written by Craig Elvin on Oct 05, 2017

The companies with the best people win. Fact.

Whilst you are looking for the perfect candidate, the perfect candidate wants to know that you offer enough career enhancement to make the move. As an SME, you may not have the brand or reputation that high performing individuals will automatically want to associate themselves with. So, get smart.

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