The results of a Commission consultation about the needs of small and medium-sized businesses – paving the way for a possible Small Business Act – have just been made public. Most of the small businesses responding wanted regulatory burdens reduced, easier access to public sector contracts, more effective protection of their intellectual property rights, and greater support should they wish to expand and go global. No surprises there.
The most unified response, though, came over education – with 88 per cent saying there was a need for additional measures to stimulate entrepreneurship through education, and 86.6 per cent believing that entrepreneurship was insufficiently reflected in school curricula. Read more