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ERIC Number: ED467896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-85338-599-9
How To Work with Small Businesses: Advice and Guidance for Providers of Training and Business Support.
Allen, Anne Marie, Ed.
This publication provides guidance on good practice to help training providers in the United Kingdom improve the quality and relevance of services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Section 1 focuses on key research findings regarding SMEs' needs and SME-college collaboration, including trading conditions for SMEs; services on offer by providers; national training programs; the need for more information; learning services by colleges to SMEs backed by national initiatives or legislative change; and involving trade unions and others in new ideas. Section 2 describes good practice in these areas: developing and maintaining a good reputation with SMEs that is dependent on effective marketing and management of these services (measuring improvement in working with SMEs, details of what is on offer, who is offering services, what services are being offered, the business coach); identifying needs of SMEs (surveys and diagnostic packages, setting the questions); designing new services for SMEs (focusing initiatives to encourage SMEs to use information and communication technology (ICT), effective work-based computer-related learning); and forging partnerships (defining benefits to the workplace, reconciling conflicting agenda, short-term versus long-term benefits, register of services, instigating and coordinating the register, initial and ongoing costs). Appendixes include sample questions to gather views of SMEs on development needs. (Contains 15 references.) (YLB)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom