SPOTLIGHT

SMEs: the backbone of a good economy

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are a central plank of a good economy given their importance to employment, innovation, regional development and poverty reduction. They have a leading role to play in meeting the most ‘economic’ of the SDGs, namely Decent Work and Economic Growth (Goal 8) and Sustainable Industrialisation and Innovation (Goal 9).

Equally, as the dominant source of formal and informal employment in emerging market economies, SMEs are key to tackling poverty (Goal 1) and inequality (Goal 10) in rural areas and among women and socially disadvantaged groups.

The following collection of content shows how our work stretches across all these SDG domains. Our clients include private equity and specialist impact investors, governments with inclusive growth policies and development agencies.

Case Studies
Oxfam Case Study Oxfam

Independent performance assessment and impact report for Oxfam’s Enabling Microfinance Fund, targeting micro enterprises and SMEs in low income economies

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Creative England Case Study Creative England

We assessed the impact of Creative England’s investment programme designed to boost access to finance for the creative industries

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The South West Academic Health Science Network Case Study The South West Academic Health Science Network

Strategy consulting on the feasibility of voluntary organisations and social enterprises delivering regional healthcare services

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Roast Case Study Roast

We provided consultancy to the entrepreneur behind acclaimed London restaurants on how his business could deliver on a social purpose

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News
The Importance of Transport to Business-led Inclusive Growth conference 28/08/19 The Importance of Transport to Business-led Inclusive Growth

Mark Hepworth on his presentation to a conference on Scotland’s National Transport Strategy, Glasgow, 28th August 2019

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Business-led Inclusive Growth in Scotland opinion 02/07/19 Business-led Inclusive Growth in Scotland

A blog by TGE director Mark Hepworth reflecting on The Good Economy's study on business-led inclusive growth for the Scottish Government

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Client Reports
Client Report Scottish Government

Business-Led Inclusive Job Growth in the South of Scotland

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Client Report Creative England

Investment Programme 2012-17: Impact Report

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Client Report LDC

Rebalancing the economy: the social value of private equity 2016

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Client Report LDC

Rebalancing the economy: the social value of private equity 2016 (Summary)

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Client Report The South West Academic Health Science Network

Innovation in Health and Care: the Opportunity for VCSEs

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