These are the questions being examined in research conducted by Enterprise Nation and Sage One in their ‘10% Growth Campaign’, which launches this week.
Start-up and micro-businesses account for 95 per cent of all British businesses, provide employment for 7.8m people, already contribute 20 per cent of private sector turnover – and we are seeing record numbers of them.
And yet despite this, the basic support micro-businesses need to expand their company by a small fraction doesn’t exist, the campaign argues.
Through research, the campaign seeks to develop a framework which it hopes will help achieve an increase in micro sector growth, providing a dramatic boost to the British economy and a more even distribution of wealth through lowering unemployment levels.
Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones said: “The measurement of growth has historically been focused on the performance of big businesses – and it’s clear these companies are no longer providing anywhere near the growth we need to secure wealth and reduce unemployment. Yet all evidence points to the record number of small businesses that are on the verge of growth.”
If we could focus on thinking differently – and finding a way to help them to grow by a realistic ten or 15 per cent, rather than just leaving that bit to chance, we think this could deliver a decisive boost to the economy that will benefit everyone.”
The 10% Growth Campaign seeks to find out how micro-businesses are funding their own growth, what help they think would improve or speed up that process and where their long-term expectations lie.
Lisa Ewens, category manager at Sage One, said: “There is so much potential sitting within the small business sector to make a real impact on the growth of the UK’s economy. By identifying the key issues facing micro-businesses we can collectively help to unlock their potential and provide support that is relevant and useful.”
The campaign is set to produce a report it will present to Government Ministers, which will offer recommendations about the intervention needed to accelerate small business growth by ten per cent.