At a glance
- SMEs are central to the UK's economic success
The UK’s small and medium-sized businesses are the lifeblood of the economy. From job creation to economic innovation, SMEs are central to the UK’s economic success.
In 2013, Zurich is teaming up with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the market leading analysis and forecasting unit of the renowned Economist magazine, to develop insight into the emerging opportunities and risk challenges for this diverse and dynamic sector.
Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing this information with you through research briefings and exclusive events.
According to the latest estimates from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, SMEs account for over half of private sector employment and the majority of job creation.
Zurich is working with the EIU to gain a greater understanding of the key socio-economic issues, business challenges and emerging trends that are shaking-up the sector. Directly tackling key risk issues, the research and analysis is designed specifically to provide vital risk and business insights for brokers working with SMEs.
The SME economy, technology & the demographic timebomb
With prolonged economic stagnation over the past five years, which SMEs stand to be the winners and losers? How have SMEs adapted their businesses to become more resilient? What has this meant for small businesses appreciation of and approach to risk?
How is the technology landscape shifting for UK SMEs? And, how are these technological developments creating a more complex SME business risk landscape, in addition to new operating opportunities?
With prolonged economic stagnation over the past five years, which SMEs stand to be the winners and losers?
And what of the emerging long-term issue of how the UK’s ageing population will impact smaller businesses.
These are some of the questions we will be seeking to answer and are inviting brokers to be part of the discussion through regional events and joining the debate online.
Join the debate
We will be providing greater insight into the findings of our research, and the best of the discussion and debate in Insider, starting next month.
Keep a look out for invitations to our upcoming events, featuring expert speakers, where you will be able to gain a greater understanding of the strategically important issues facing your clients.