1. The Role of Policy in SME Finance: Demand Side Perspectives
    Sep 2016

    Access to finance continues to be an important policy question, in particular to ensure that small businesses have the capital they need to grow. In this Viewpoint, we argue that more needs to be done on the demand side to stimulate take-up of equity finance amongst small businesses, and to help companies that require investment for growth. Read More

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  2. Funding for Growth - Business Angels on the Island of Ireland
    Sep 2016

    Business Angels are an important source of equity finance for new and emerging entrepreneurial businesses, and provide 'smart money', taking a hands-on approach to investing. InterTradeIreland has now published SQW's review into the Business Angel market on the Island of Ireland Read More

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  3. Productivity Challenges and Opportunities
    Sep 2016

    The recent poor productivity performance of the UK economy has become a major concern for economists and policy-makers. A consortium of researchers led by SQW and the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has carried out an in-depth investigation into major business sectors in the UK, looking at 'the productivity puzzle'. Read More

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  4. Evaluation of Schools Challenge Cymru
    Aug 2016

    Schools Challenge Cymru (SCC) represents a concerted effort by the Welsh Government to respond to variability in the performance of different schools across Wales in supporting the development of their pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The first report of SQW's independent evaluation of SCC has now been published Read More

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  5. Park Royal Workforce Skills Analysis
    Jul 2016

    Park Royal in West London is England’s largest industrial estate, home to more than 2,000 mostly micro and small businesses employing more than 30,000 people. SQW was asked to undertake a needs analysis to help determine the skills and qualifications businesses on the Park Royal estate are looking for in their workforce, now and in the future. Read More

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