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Accountants for small business

Finance professionals can play a vital role in the development and growth of SMEs. ACCA's research demonstrates how business growth in small businesses is linked to the capabilities of the in-house finance function. The sheer scope and scale of the finance role means that there is a need for complete finance professionals to help run and grow SMEs. ACCA has developed a range of resources to help businesses thinking about investing in their finance function and show case how challenging, varied and rewarding this work can be for finance professionals and business owners alike.

Accountants for small business

Driving SME Growth through an evolving finance function

Building your financial capabilities: a guide for growing businesses

Top tips


Video guides

Gabriel Low, CFO (SEA) of GEA Westfalia Separator (SEA), and Brian'OShea, CFO of ElectraLink, talk about their career progression within SMEs that have managed to grow successfully and how they had developed their internal finance functions in the process.

Gabriel Low
Bria O'Shea

Emmanouil Schizas, senior economic analyst at ACCA, talks about ACCA's research that explores the evolution of the finance function from an informal process to a formal team or departments and highlights the critical events and concerns that drive its development.

Building you finance function


ACCA and our partners regularly produce podcasts for small business owner/managers and finance professionals in small and medium sized enterprises. They can be accessed in the Podcasts section of this website, which is updated as soon as new material becomes available

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The Enterprise Research Centre, jointly funded by the UK Government and the largest British banks, was launched in 2013 to provide trusted, robust and independent commentary on how SMEs grow and what support they need in order to do so. At its heart is a partnership between Warwick Business School, Aston Business School, Imperial College Business School, Strathclyde Business School, Birmingham Business School and De Montfort University.

ACCA is proud to sit on the ERC’s Stakeholder Advisory Board, chaired by Sir Richard Lambert, alongside some of the UK’s leading business associations and we are committed to sharing the ERC’s findings with business owners, accountants and policymakers.

Although the ERC’s work is meant primarily to inform UK enterprise policy, its findings are grounded in international evidence and presented in an accessible manner. You can read more about the issues the ERC is looking into and read their publications.

Policy and Research

ACCA supports evidence-based enterprise policy around the world by commissioning relevant and timely research with a uniquely global perspective. Click on the button below for an overview of our latest publications.

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SMP Resources

SMP Resources

In this section you can find research and other practical resources that small and medium sized practitioners may use to support their SME clients and develop their own practice.

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Case study

When business conference company Hanson Wade was set up in November 2008, growth was always the intention. Four years later, the company has more than 70 employees and expects to create and run more than 100 events in 2013.

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Building SME Capabilities

This infographic demonstrates how ACCA is working to support capacity building and professionalisation in small business across the world in partnership with SME representative bodies and partnerships.


Top ten technology tips

DMC Whitepaper

Although most organisations today are awash with data on their business, customers and suppliers, few make the best use of it. But by exploiting technology, finance can extract more value from available data and play an expanded role in driving growth and strategy, as highlighted by these ten tips from Pete Child, Sage 200 Product Manager, with Sage Business Partner, Pinnacle.

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Global Forum for SMEs

This forum is made up of SME experts from around the world who use their knowledge and expertise to promote the role of of SMEs in the global economy

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Accounting and Business

A special edition SME supplement

A special edition SME supplement

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