Festival of Business to tackle SME issues

One of the things to be tackled at the second annual Festival of Business will be the problems which are holding back the fast growing SME sector in the UK. Topics discussed will include the burden of regulation and lack of skills. The Telegraph is running this one-day event which will enable fast-growing businesses to get together and learn from one another.

Entrepreneurs and top employment experts are to advise on ways to overcome problems so that the business can grow more quickly. One of the issues facing mid-sized businesses in the UK today is recruiting for growth: this will be addressed in Manchester on October 19 at the free event.

Goldman Sachs Asset Management chairman, Jim O’Neill; Martha Lane-Fox, the digital business guru; and Simon Milner, policy director for Facebook UK, are amongst the industry heavyweights which have been confirmed as speakers. The Festival last year attracted over 1,000 directors of companies and business owners with revenues rising to £250m from £5m.

Delegates will not only receive sessions on ways to get around the burden of employment law, but will also receive unique insights from successful business women and business men into topics such as making the most of social media, exporting abroad, managing through a crisis and financing options. The event will include practical sessions on topics such as e-commerce and restructuring.