Of the 270,000 businesses in the South West of England, 92% of them employ fewer than 20 people. Being the owner of manager of a small business brings many challenges and sadly over 50% of businesses fail within five years of starting up. We recently took part in a discussion with other entrepreneurs in the South West about the challenges that businesses face and ways of dealing with them. The debate was hosted by Business Leader Magazine, an independent publishing and media company promoting business and enterprise across Bristol, Somerset and surrounding areas. We're proud to support small businesses across the South West, both through our small business support programme, training courses and consultancy and also through low-cost events that we run for the Chartered Management Institute.
Take a look at what was discussed in the debate in the online version of Business Leader magazine.