Viewpoint: The Role of Policy in SME Finance: Demand Side Perspectives

Viewpoint: The Role of Policy in SME Finance: Demand Side Perspectives

Access to finance continues to be an important policy question, in particular to ensure that small businesses have the capital they need to grow. The focus of government policy on access to finance has been on supply side interventions. In this Viewpoint, which focuses on equity finance, we argue that more needs to be done on the demand side.

Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review (IER)

Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review (IER)

SQW’s high profile analysis of the economic characteristics and performance of the North of England has been launched. The IER highlights the economic challenges faced by the North, but also identifies outstanding and distinctive capabilities where the North can compete on national and international stages

Bumpy Road Ahead For English Apprenticeships?

Bumpy Road Ahead For English Apprenticeships?

Reforming English apprenticeships is both the centrepiece and main measure of success of the UK government’s skills policy, so young people have the skills to succeed and employers get the skills they need. In this Viewpoint, SQW examines the coherence or otherwise of current apprenticeship policy in England.

Mapping London

Mapping London's Science and Technology Sectors

SQW's research into London's science and technology sectors has identified 90,000 science and technology businesses in London, covering digital technology, life sciences, publishing and broadcasting and other scientific and technological manufacturing and services sectors.

 

Research, analysis and advice on economic and social development for the public and private sector

Founded in 1983, SQW operates across the UK, Europe and internationally, from offices in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cambridge. We offer services across a diverse range of fields, from Innovation and Spatial Development, to Children and Young People, and the Personalisation of Public Services. 

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What we do

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Services

We research, design, develop, support and assess interventions, helping our clients to address challenges, and realise opportunities, in economic and social development. 

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Expertise Areas

We work in a diverse set of policy domains, with particular expertise in Innovation, Spatial Development, Children and Young People, and Service Integration and Personalisation. 

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