Small Business Advice Week support for Scottish SMEs

SMEs are being given the chance to access help and advice from some of the UK’s biggest names in business thanks to Small Business Advice Week, which runs until September 6.
They’re invited to find out more at the website and read up on various aspects of running a small business, courtesy of the likes of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) and CIPD (Charted Institute of Personnel and Development).
Some of the topics up for discussion include the following:
Top tips to export
How small businesses can tap into the benefits of an age-diverse workforce
How to successfully equity crowd fund
Hire and develop the right leaders for growth
Angela Seymour-Jackson, managing director of Workplace at Aegon UK, which is offering up its expertise for Small Business Advice Week, said: “Across the country there are over four million* employees enrolled into a workplace pension and as more and more SMEs reach their staging dates this is only set to continue. Over the next two years 1.8 million employers** with fewer than 50 employees will be bought into the scheme and whilst this helps people get on track for the retirement they want, there are some key considerations for the companies setting up workplace pensions.
“Unfortunately, many of the firms we speak to are unaware about auto-enrolment, their obligations and the time it takes to get ready. This is something we are trying to change and the first step for many is to find out their specific staging date. This is the date when auto-enrolment comes into effect.  Information about staging dates and what exactly is required by SMEs to ensure they’re on track can be found on The Pensions Regulator website with a PAYE reference. If employers understand what’s required in good time, they can make the best decisions for the business and staff, and they’ll also reduce the risk of facing any fines.”
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You can also follow the conversation on Twitter by following @SmallBizAdvWeek using the hashtag #SBAW.
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