British SMEs looking to new markets for growth

More than half of the UK’s small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are looking at new markets both locally and overseas for further growth, while also expressing a very high level of optimism regarding the year ahead, research by the BSI reveals.

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SMEs believe that the biggest challenges they could come up against include the sustainability of the economic recovery (34%), external regulations hindering productivity (25%) and lack of support from banks/government (24%), the paper suggests.

56 percent of the UK’s small and medium firms expect increased domestic sales to help boost their balance sheets, anticipating heightened demand from both existing and new customers, while a further fifth (20%) are looking to access overseas markets for the first time and a similar proportion (18%) intends to grow their existing overseas markets.

SMEs report that hopes of trading internationally are pinned back by a lack of contacts, knowledge and talent.

Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI, said: “Confidence in an improving economy is being felt ever more strongly across British enterprise, but this needs to be matched with a confidence in capability.

“Chasing growth means making tough choices on whether the benefits of expansion outweigh the risks. Small firms must ask themselves whether they possess the confidence to chase excellence rather than settling for mediocrity.”

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