Small Business Advice Week 2014 (1st to 7th September) Supported by Vonage, the FSB & the CIPD

Small Business Advice Week (SBAW) – 1st to 7th September – aims to support the UK's 4.5 million SME's and help them thrive in the current economic climate.

By bringing together the smartest and most relevant business thinkers in the country, SBAW gives expert guidance in all areas of business from finance, training and technology to HR and legal advice.

Although the country has shown clear signs of recovery since 2012, growing and developing a small business will always be a tough venture. The organisers of SBAW are therefore calling upon owners and managers of the UK's small businesses to take just one piece of vital advice this week that could have a hugely positive outcome later on, or a 'small business butterfly effect'.

Adam Cox, founder and organiser of SBAW explains:

"We believe that if every manager and owner of the UK's 4.5 million small businesses sought out and applied just one piece of advice then it would create a business butterfly effect, creating a positive tsunami on the British economy. Whether the advice applied is technological, financial or training related, these kinds of essential tips can be implemented across many SME's directly affecting the bottom line of businesses that employ the majority of the UK workforce. This can potentially create a colossal ripple effect across the economy."

So, The SBAW initiative – supported this year by the leading communication service providers Vonage UK, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – urges small business owners up and down the country to seek out just one piece of advice and implement it this Small Business Advice Week.

"Small businesses have been at the heart of the UK's ongoing economic recovery" explains John Allen, national chairman of the FSB, "They've been responsible for four in five of the private sector jobs created in the past three years and it is vital that small firms get the right support so they can continue growing. Organisations like the FSB work to represent the interests of small businesses and create an environment where they can thrive."

There are a number of ways in which small businesses can thrive and with effective recruitment being a key factor.

CIPD research advisor Jill Miller describes the importance of hiring the right people for growth:

Work 10 (PD)"Our research tells us SMEs are five times more likely than larger businesses to hire this year. This is great news, but to continue growing their business, SMEs need to pay close attention to the way they recruit and develop talent. Partnering with Small Business Advice week means we can build on the work we've been doing over the past year to support SMEs – with practical advice to help them navigate the various people issues they face as they grow."

Additionally, this year Small Business Advice Week has seen a growing number of UK companies wanting to get involved. Companies like Vonage UK offer solutions tailored to small businesses in order to ensure they are able to compete with larger companies in the UK and abroad.

Simon Burckhardt, Managing Director of Vonage UK, states:

"Small businesses are vital to this economy and Vonage is proud to support Small Business Advice Week. It is important that small businesses have the right communication tools and support at every stage of their company's growth."

Small Business Advice Week runs from the 1st to 7th of September 2014, for more information please visit www.smallbusinessadviceweek.co.uk

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