Entrepreneurial Scotland


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  • Because of the important contribution that entrepreneurs make to economic growth,and by virtue of their role as innovators and drivers of employment, business owners worldwide to obtain a snapshot ‘state of thenation’ picture of the SME sector. In order to take the pulse of entrepreneurial spiritworldwide Regus asked business owners about their companies’ performance,their professional worries, whether the support they are getting from governmentsis a case of “too-little too-late”, and what the personal toll is in terms of stress thatthey are subject to, as they develop and manage their businesses in the currenteconomical climate.
  • In Mexico and South Africa this issue is particularly pronounced with fully 75% and 72% of respondents respectively agreeing this is the case.
  • Cash flow problems are the most likely cause of small business failures, the majority of which occur in their first 18 months of trading
  • Entrepreneurs are taking destiny into their own hands Investment in part time mothers and flexible working arrangements (flexi-time, tele-working etc) attracts the best talent and allows for rapid and elastic expansionReduction in their asset costs particularly those associated to unused or underused office space and expensive property leases Entrepreneurial businesses show strong signs that the l sector is getting ready to grasp the full momentum of the recovery by investing in staff rather than cutting personnel. SMEs are in fact choosing to increase flexibility of location and reducing fixed office space rather than reduce staff in order to attract and reward top staff such as returning mothers who will benefit from a better work-life balance
  • Entrepreneurial Scotland

    1. 1. Small is BeautifulThe state and status<br />of Scottish SME’s<br />1100 locations | 500 cities | 85 countries<br />Presented by: Name | Date: Date<br />
    2. 2. Overview<br />Is entrepreneurialism vital to the Scottish economy?<br />How well is entrepreneurial business being fostered and supported in Scotland?<br />How does this affect overall UK economic development? <br />
    3. 3. Global Report<br />Regushas polled the opinions of:<br />10,000business respondents<br />5,600 business owners<br />Spanning 78countries<br />To obtain a snapshot of the global SME sector<br />
    4. 4. How do we recognise entrepreneurialism?<br />Entrepreneurial success is an indicator for innovation and future wealth generation.<br />Concerns and obstacles faced by SMEs are likely to have significant repercussions on the economy as a whole. <br />In the UK, £150m has been put aside for SMEs over the nextfour years<br />
    5. 5. UK snapshot<br />In the UK - SMEs account for 60% of private employment and 49% of private sector turnover.<br />In the UK 38% of entrepreneurs, compared to 34% of ‘all businesses’ intend to hire new staff in the next six months<br />
    6. 6. Focus on Scotland<br />Scotland is lagging behind the rest of the UK slightly with only 26% of SMEs looking to increase their head count in 2011<br />However this still positively compares against larger business with only 25% stating they are looking to increase headcount<br />
    7. 7. Smaller businesses feel ignored<br />Scottish entrepreneurs feel ignored by government and ignored by the press<br />Nearly nine in ten entrepreneurs (86%) feel that the interests of small and medium-sized enterprises are typically overlooked by government<br />UK average at 79%<br />
    8. 8. Stress levels rising<br />34% of respondents in Scotland declare that their stress levelshave risen markedly in thepast two years. <br />USA comes top of the table at 35%<br />France records the lowest proportion of business people experiencing a severe increasein workplace stress (10.6%)<br />
    9. 9. Serious Concerns<br />The top three causes of stress for entrepreneurs in Scotland are:<br />1 -Rising Taxes<br />2 - Falling Revenues<br />3 - Red Tape / New Regulations<br />
    10. 10. Setting up business becoming more difficult<br />59% of entrepreneurs in the UK revealed that it has become more difficult to launch a business in the past few years<br />
    11. 11. Legal penalties for late payment<br />72% of entrepreneurs globally declared that legal penalties should be introduced for late payment of invoices <br />Cash flow problems are the most likely cause of small business failures<br />
    12. 12. Entrepreneur’s hire more staff<br />26% of Scottish entrepreneurs intend to hire in the next 6 months<br />38% - UK average<br />Entrepreneurs in Scotland and the UK are more prepared to take the gamble for growth and hire new staff than larger companies<br />Globally 40% intend to hire new staff<br />
    13. 13. Positive about hiring working mothers<br />26% Scottish entrepreneurs are looking to hire working mothers in 2011<br />This the same %as those looking to hire new staff - suggesting that Scottish SME’s are not discriminating against working mums. <br />This is particularly pronouncedwhen you consider the UK whereonly 24% of businesses arelooking to hire working mum’sagainst 38% of SME businessas a whole employing new staff.<br />Over half (54%) of entrepreneurs declare that part time mothersare valuable to them<br />
    14. 14. Better attitude towards flexible working<br />60% of Scottish Entrepreneurs are flexible about work location. <br />This means they don’t have a place of work they attend every day - this includes mobile working, homeworking and flexible working across several locations. <br />74% - UK average<br />Globally, 76%of entrepreneurial<br />businesses offer flexible working<br />
    15. 15. Conclusion<br />Is entrepreneurialism vital to the Scottish economy?<br />How well is entrepreneurial business being fostered and supported in Scotland?<br />How does this affect overall UK economic development? <br />