The UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises have led the way in the employment market according to new research from Santander Business Banking.
According to the report, focussing on employment growth for a five year period up to last year (2017). SMEs employing less than 250 staff have increased the national workforce by 1.7 million, a 14% increase, dwarfing the 650,000 jobs added by those companies employing more than 250 staff – only a 4% increase.
The report, from detailed analysis of ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures or the bank highlights the important part played in the UK economy by small business. Something we small business owners are all too aware of!
Larger businesses still employ around 2.5 million more workers than smaller enterprises but that gap is closing all the time – potentially SMEs will overtake larger business by 2030 if the current trends continue.
This is fantastic news for the continuing diversity of the UK economy and despite Brexit is likely to continue to grow.
There still appears to be an “aspirational gap” however with the majority of 16 – 25 year olds aiming to work for large or multinational companies and only a third preferring a small business.
Acorn.finance have long understood the relationship between a healthy SME sector and the national economy which is why for over 20 years we have concentrated on funding those very businesses providing growth in employment.
Not only do Acorn.finance arrange finance for SMEs across the UK but through our social responsibility partners Zidisha through which we fund a small business in the developing world every time we fund a business in the UK.
So far we’ve funded almost 100 businesses, with the aim of 1,000 through ourselves and our customers in the next five years.