Many of our members fall into the government definition of an SME, however we understand that this term covers a vast array of organisations and that a small family run business is very different to a company employing say 250 people. A ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t work and so our SME support is flexible and responsive to what individual organisations want and need.

 

There are, however, a number of consistent issues that are raised by members and that we continue to raise at every opportunity with key stakeholders and government. Examples include barriers to innovation, lengthy and protracted approvals processes, procurement policies/strategies, difficulty recruiting skilled people and product substitution. We are always keen to hear from members of the firsthand issues they are facing so please do get in touch.

A key priority for 2019 will be to develop and implement plans in response to the proposed Midlands based pilots for SME Collaboration / Support outlined in the recently launched Rail Sector Deal. We will be working with a number of key partners and stakeholders to ensure that these pilots really do meet the needs of SMEs; eliminating barriers to and facilitating growth. To find out more as the plans are developed and to be kept informed please contact elaineclark@midlandsrail.co.uk