Business Start-up & SME Development
The level of creation and growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is a crucial barometer for the economic and social well-being of all countries. Such businesses have a crucial role to play in sustaining a dynamic and competitive economy, and while most remain small, those that do grow rapidly provide seedbeds for innovation and provide the potential to become large and important players in the local and national economy. As a result, economic development agencies have identified supporting new and small businesses as a strategic priority. BiGGAR Economics has appraised and evaluated a wide range of programmes designed to support business start-ups and SMEs.
- review of the Scottish protective textiles sector on behalf of Scottish Enterprise, which involved quantifying the contribution that the sector makes to the Scottish economy using a telephone based company survey, assessing the current product offering of the sector and the potential for future development;
- evaluation of Greater Manchester Debtline, a support line to help SMEs that had experienced difficulties during the recession access funding and manage their situation;
- review of role and operation of the Business Gateway National Unit within the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities;
- appraisal of economic development partnership in Thames Gateway South Essex project to provide an advisory service, diagnostic and grants to SMEs to develop their business by reducing their carbon footprint;
- appraisal of NWES’s proposals to establish a Green Business Incubator in Norwich to act as a demonstrator project for green business premises and practices and a focus for an advisory service on low carbon business practices;
- review of business support services in Perth & Kinross on behalf of Perth & Kinross Council;
- appraisal of proposals to establish a Green Business Incubator in Norwich to act as a demonstrator project for green business premises and practices and a focus for an advisory service on low carbon business practices;
- economic appraisal of the North West Business Start-Up programme, targeting groups and areas of the region with the lowest business start-up and survival rates.