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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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..