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The growth challenge 

09 April 2014

This report aims to establish the critical success factors for policy and infrastructures to support the growth of small and medium-sized businesses. Read the article


Financial education for entrepreneurs

04 February 2014

This report considers how the global agenda on financial literacy, capability and education relates to entrepreneurs.


Combating Bribery

19 November 2013

SMEs see business case for adopting anti-bribery controls, global ACCA research reveals


Surviving the recession

11 October 2013

ACCA and IMA commissioned a special analysis of the SME responses received through the quarterly ACCA–IMA Global Economic Conditions Surveys


SMEs: Reporting and Credit

19 August 2013

Trade credit is an important source of finance for SMEs and this study investigates the use of the financial statements and other information used in making trade credit decisions

Other Small Business Articles


International SMEs - 31 July 2013

Tapping into SME international potential is the latest policy paper to come from ACCA's Global Forum for SMEs.


Protecting Stakeholder Interests - 04 April 2013

Trend towards de-regulating financial disclosures by SMEs is now widespread, but loss of transparency must be compensated for by alternative protections: new report by ACCA


E-Invoicing - 14 March 2013

ACCA's research reviews the extent and the drivers of e-invoicing adoption among UK SMEs.


Embedding sustainability in SMEs - 14 January 2013

A paper from ACCA on why policy makers, regulators and finance professionals must help small businesses adopt sustainable business practices.

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About small business

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.

Accountants for Small Business

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