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As part of our mandate to help small and medium-sized business leaders increase their productivity, we publish research and studies. This helps us to understand business leaders and what will make their organisations more productive.

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23 Aug 2022

Be the Business and Meta – Partnership highlights

Helping to drive Be the Business’ productivity mission is the knowledge and support of the world’s highest performing businesses, including Meta..

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09 Aug 2022

Ethnic minority-led SMEs

How the business support landscape, policy changes and our own programmes can better support business leaders from an ethnic minority background..

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25 Aug 2022

Measuring Construction Site Productivity: A seven-step framework for success

The Construction Productivity Taskforce has published a practical seven-step framework to improve construction site productivity..

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22 Jun 2022

Be the Business and Lloyds Banking Group – Partnership highlights

We've brought together some of the highlights of our partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, looking at productivity uplifts, marketing spotlights and specific impact case studies..

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17 May 2022

Ambitions Beyond Growth: Responding to the diversifying needs of the UK’s SME population

Increased profit is the primary ambition for 42 per cent of SMEs, with another 39 per cent focused on improving productivity and efficiency.

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17 May 2022

The Construction Productivity Taskforce is raising performance in the sector

The Construction Productivity Taskforce is aiming to identify and trial new ways of making the sector, which has historically low productivity, more efficient..

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20 Apr 2022

Be the Business Productive Business Index – Edition four Q1 2022

Latest index report reveals that businesses are continuing to invest in building capabilities in several areas critical for productivity improvement..

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29 Mar 2022

Be the Business Productive Business Index – Edition three Q3 2021

The headline Productive Business Index has increased sharply from 108.77 to 119.0. Rising inflation, wage demands and increased costs of doing business has pushed productivity to the top of business and political agendas..

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02 Mar 2022

UK's leading productivity-focused organisations sign MoU

The Productivity Institute and Be the Business have signed an MoU to collaborate to better understand and improve the productivity of UK businesses..

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30 Nov 2021

Be the Business and BAE Systems: Getting SMEs on a path to growth

BAE Systems’ direct support allowed Be the Business to scale the support we could offer rapidly and engage thousands of small business leaders at a crucial time..

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23 Aug 2021

Skills for Success: Supporting business leaders with digital adoption – in partnership with The Open University

Be the Business has been working with The Open University on a report to understand the skills that are needed to help support SMEs with successful technology adoption..

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23 Aug 2021

Skills for Success: Supporting business leaders with digital adoption – WEBINAR

New research from The Open University and Be the Business explores the skills necessary to encourage the successful adoption of technology in SMEs..

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23 Aug 2021

The Be the Business Tech Adoption Lab – Insights Report

The Tech Adoption Lab helps small and medium-sized business owners overcome some of the biggest frustrations they face when buying technology: how to select and then successfully adopt and implement the right tech solution for their business..

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23 Aug 2021

Be the Business Productive Business Index – Edition two Q1 2021

The Be the Business Productive Business Index is comprised of four clearly defined elements: performance of business; expected performance of business; actions taken to drive sustainable growth; and planned actions to drive sustainable growth..

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10 Sep 2021

Be the Business Productive Business Index – Outlook for 2021

The first edition of a major new research programme to measure and track changes in UK micro and SME business performance and capabilities..

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10 Sep 2021

Why 2020 can be the year that changed our tech trajectory

We worked with McKinsey & Company to undertake the largest ever analysis of the UK SME tech market and find out why it's not working..

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10 Sep 2021

Recovery at risk

We examine a wave of coronavirus-driven innovation amongst SMEs – over three years of innovation has taken place in three months..

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10 Sep 2021

Segmenting the business impact of coronavirus and where do firms go from here?

This paper sets out a four-part segmentation of where firms are today and four emerging themes for recovery..

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10 Sep 2021

Raising UK competitiveness: Inside the mindsets of leaders of firms

How much does the mindset of SME leaders impact productivity? This study gives new insight into the behaviour of SMEs around business operations..