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SMEs are the backbone of the global economy. With banks still reeling it is important that SMEs have access to the right funding to help them restore economic growth. Read the article
11 March 2013 ACCA held our first Alternative Finance Conference at ACCA’s headquarters in London.
ACCA launched its Trade Finance research project in 2013 to explore the challenges involved in financing international trade and international businesses.
ACCA's research reviews the extent and the drivers of e-invoicing adoption among UK SMEs.
This report discusses the challenges, difficulties and the successes that Growth Oriented Entrepreneurs have in the US, European and BRICSA economies.
Emerging Economies: The Rise of Capital Markets - 20 June 2012
Capital markets rely on institutions and these in turn depend on the accounting profession. This paper considers how these relationships work and how policymakers can build on them
Driving SME growth - 14 June 2012
This paper explores the evolution of the finance function from an informal process to a formal team and highlights the critical events and concerns that drive its development.
Nurturing Europe's spirit of enterprise - 06 December 2011
This report uses a survey of 1,245 executives in order to assess how personalities, external support mechanisms and internal structures determine firms’ ability to innovate.
The future of microfinance in Kenya - By Emmanouil Schizas, Senior policy adviser, 04 July 2011
This paper outlines four recommendations for the present and future leaders of the microfinance industry in Kenya.
ACCA has over 100 years' experience of working with the SME sector. We lobby governments, regulators and standard setters in the long-term interest of a healthy SME sector, and we support professional accountants so they can continue to function as the sector’s most trusted business advisers and finance managers.
If you're interested in access to finance, you may like to read some articles and reports held in our technical library.
Access to finance is one of the most important issues facing business today. ACCA champions accountants as trusted business advisers, understanding and devising routes for companies to access business financing. Read more about this theme.
An important part of ACCA's institutional work is to contribute to the debate on technical issues affecting business and accountancy and to represent the interest of its members in relation to the legislation and professional standards that they have to comply with in their work.
The Global Forum for SMEs brings together groups of experts from around the world to discuss issues that are critical to SMEs including access to finance. The Global Forum for the Public Sector looks at the challenges faced by governments and access to finance.