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There is no universally accepted definition of a “small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).
However, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BIS) and the European Union (EU) define a small enterprise as one with fewer than 50 employees and a medium-sized enterprise as one with at least 50 but fewer than 250 employees.
Large enterprises have 250 or more employees.
24 Sep 2020
Employee benefits have already proven their worth during the Covid-19 pandemic, but Steve Herbert believes they’ll become more important to...
19 Mar 2020
ON-DEMAND | As the true impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic becomes apparent, employers are facing...
27 Feb 2020
ON-DEMAND | People are a small organisation’s most important asset, but are firms getting the most from their ...
9 Aug 2019
A shortage of apprenticeship funding means that a quarter of smaller firms have been turned away by training providers, while...
22 May 2019
MPs have strongly criticised the government’s apprenticeship programme, in particular its focus on higher level placements and failure to meet the needs of smaller employers.
5 Apr 2019
Investors in start-ups are putting young companies under increased scrutiny to ensure they have a clean record on sexual harassment....
4 Mar 2019
Only £268m was spent by levy-paying employers on apprentices in the programme's first year of operation, 2017-18. This equated to just 13% of the Treasury's £2.01bn apprenticeships budget and contributed to a £400m underspend.
4 Mar 2019
Training providers air criticism of the government's apprenticeship levy as surveys reveal the extent of ignorance over the scheme.
22 Jan 2019
The UK’s efforts to boost productivity while ironing out regional inequalities in job creation may be fundamentally at odds, according...
4 Apr 2017
Small and medium-sized enterprises have a poor record for investing in employee wellbeing. Andrew Harris, workplace health and wellbeing specialist...
4 Apr 2017
The Government needs to do more to work with employers and business leaders to “start a conversation” on mental health...
10 Mar 2017
It is the Government’s flagship policy to fix the UK’s skills problem, a well-intentioned “tax” on employers to raise £3...
28 Jan 2016
A new initiative from the CIPD aims to push HR consulting and advice as high up the agenda for small...
21 Dec 2015
There is a disconnect between how much employees working in small businesses expect they will be supported by their boss...