Scale-ups are the heavy lifters of our economies. These fast-growing firms create many times more jobs and new sales than would be expected given their share of the business population.
Embarking on subnational green budgeting
At the end of 2020, in the middle of a global pandemic, the French region of Brittany adopted a new approach to climate action: green budgeting. They did this by tagging the climate adaptation and mitigation impact of their regional spending for 2020.
We must unlock sustainable SME finance for a sustainable net-zero transition
There can be no route to net zero without bringing smaller businesses with us. Some will enable the transition directly, as suppliers of low-carbon goods and services, and all will participate in the unprecedented changes that will be necessary over the next few decades.
They’ll move (to) mountains!
How can policies support the revitalisation of mountains to be more attractive places for talent on the move?
Daring to do: Young social entrepreneurs doubling down on business with impact
What do young social entrepreneurs need to do to ensure their ideas and experiences are woven into future social entrepreneurship policies? This article has the answers…
Worn out: COVID-19, Women and the Great Exhaustion
It’s been a tough two years for women. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, women were hit harder by job losses, leading many to call it a “she-cession”. But as the pandemic worse on we started to see wider impacts too.
Making data dance: The key to SME scale up?
A number of barriers, notably uneven access to data, technology and skills hold too many SMEs back from making the most of new opportunities created by the data economy. Outdated data infrastructure, management practices and cultures are a factor.
The secrets of SMEs – and how to protect them
For many SMEs, knowledge is power. Their business – and competitive edge – depends on their knowledge of markets and their product. Businesses can protect some of their most strategic insights through trade secrets.