SME Member Discussion

SME Member Discussion SME Member Discussion

09 September 2020


14:30 - 15:30



SME Member Discussion on Improving the Business Environment

Join business leaders and experts for insight and support at this dedicated SME bi-weekly discussion on the coronavirus recovery. This week we will be looking at CBI’s work on reviving regions.

The CBI is currently consulting members for our work on reviving regions, aiming to publish a government facing report later this year to shape future policy making. This will consider how to level up the country in spite of the impacts of coronavirus. We will be looking at how to close productivity gaps, but seek to go further with a focus on the wider issues around inequality and access to opportunities. The focus for our work will be on creating strong local labour markets, vibrant places through improved connectivity, and how to attract world class businesses to all English regions.

We are seeking the views of our SME members to shape this work and would welcome your views on:

  • The role of regional bodies (Local Enterprise Partnerships, Growth Hubs, Combined Authorities, etc) in driving growth, and how can they be strengthened?

  • What changes to your workforce/business models are you preparing for following coronvirus, and what short term support is still needed for businesses?

  • What more can be done to support business growth from start up to scale up, and what barriers to SMEs face across the regions when raising equity?

  • How to ensure that as we recover from the economic impact of the forced lockdown, that sustainability and progress to net-zero emissions is at the heart of any recovery plan

Get involved

We want to hear how your business has been affected, what you are doing differently, and what your business needs are to survive and recover from this pandemic.  The CBI will use this insight to inform our conversations with Government and ensure the voice of business is heard throughout the restart and recovery period.  These online meetings are an opportunity for you and your peers to share experiences, gain fresh perspectives to common challenges and take away some key insights on the current economic situation.

Who should attend?

This WebEx meeting is for senior business executives who lead small or medium size business organisations