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.
The Place-Based Impact Investing Project publishes eagerly awaited white paper
Mark Hepworth on his presentation to a conference on Scotland’s National Transport Strategy, Glasgow, 28th August 2019
In partnership with the Scottish National Investment Bank we explore what impact investing means for Scotland.
The Executive Summary from our full white paper developed by The Good Economy for the Place-Based Impact Investing Project, a partnership of The Good Economy, the Impact Investing Institute and Pensions for Purpose
Business-Led Inclusive Job Growth in the South of Scotland
Impact Report assessing the impact performance of Creative England's Investment Programme, which aims to address the recognised market failure in access to finance of small creative businesses
Rebalancing the economy: the social value of private equity 2016 (Summary)
Innovation in Health and Care: the Opportunity for VCSEs
“EQT will increasingly be investing in highly impact-orientated investments to help address some of the world's most pressing challenges. The Good Economy’s analysis was thorough and insightful, and helped us frame how we can think about managing for impact in a credible way across the business.” - Jen Braswell, Head of Impact for EQT Private Capital