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.


Will the apprenticeship levy mean smaller businesses lose out?

It is the Government’s flagship policy to fix the UK’s skills problem, a well-intentioned “tax” on employers to raise £3...


Will better access to HR support improve management at SMEs?

28 Jan 2016

A new initiative from the CIPD aims to push HR consulting and advice as high up the agenda for small...

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Only 14% of small businesses fully support the introduction of shared parental leave

Small businesses unprepared for shared parental leave

20 Mar 2015

Many small businesses are unprepared for shared parental leave and do not expect their staff to want to take it,...

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Small businesses’ RTI start date postponed

20 Mar 2013

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has given small businesses a temporary exemption from real time information (RTI) payroll requirements ahead...

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Government to simplify apprenticeships for SMEs

29 Aug 2012

The Government has announced a raft of measures to challenge the “outdated view” of apprenticeships among small businesses to encourage...

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Cost is biggest barrier to training in small businesses

17 Aug 2012

Small businesses cite cost as the main obstacle to providing training for their employees, with many opting for lower-cost training...

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Government confirms pensions auto-enrolment timetable for small businesses

16 Jul 2012

Businesses with fewer than 50 workers will not have to auto-enrol their employees into workplace pension schemes before June 2015,...

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How SMEs can gain an advantage in recruitment

31 May 2012

Recruiting in the “noughties” was tough; it was a decade in which we were all obsessed by “Generation Y” that was...

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No-fault dismissals are not the solution to underperformance

25 May 2012

Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University, considers the Beecroft Report’s recommendations on addressing employee underperformance.There...

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Occupational health advice line proves popular with SMEs

28 Mar 2012

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) embraced the free occupational health advice line piloted by the Government between late 2009 and March...

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Osborne hints at no-fault dismissals for small businesses

7 Mar 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has suggested that compensated no-fault dismissals could be introduced for what he called “the smallest businesses” in...

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Small businesses get access to occupational health support

31 Jan 2012

The Government has launched a new “Health for Work” sickness absence advice line that, it is hoped, will encourage smaller...

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Pensions auto-enrolment to be delayed for small businesses

28 Nov 2011

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees will not have to auto-enrol staff into pension schemes until 2015, the Government has...

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‘Lack of skilled candidates’ restricting micro-business growth

17 Aug 2011

Difficulty in finding the right staff is hampering the growth ambitions of so-called “micro-businesses”, according to research published today by...

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Freelancers key to SME growth

20 Jan 2011

More than half (52%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that freelancers are key to their stability and growth.This...

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