ACCA’s European members who work in the SME sector present recommendations aimed at increasing the demand and uptake of the digital solutions by European small firms in the areas of cloud computing, e-invoicing, social lending and e-commerce.
The capital and liquidity provisions of Basel III are intended to shield the global financial system from a new financial crisis. Yet the extent to which they represent a good trade-off between financial stability and economic growth is still unclear. Policymakers still know little about the potential impact of Basel III on lending to SMEs, apart from the fact that it will be disproportionate. With the sector contributing half of the world's private-sector output, this uncertainty renders all existing impact assessments virtually irrelevant. In this discussion paper, ACCA considers how an impact assessment can be designed that would be 'about right' as opposed to very precisely wrong.
Emmanouil Schizas, July 2011. ACCA's conference, 'Better Business Kenya 2011', considered the prospects of the microfinance industry. This paper summarises the resulting insights into four recommendations for the present and future leaders of the industry in Kenya.
Katherine Ng, 2009. On 12 March 2009 ACCA hosted a highly engaging ideas forum as part of ESRC’s Festival of Social Science, focusing on communication channels for creative businesses and the role of the accountant. Fostering debate between internationally respected scholars and leading practitioners, the roundtable was part of the successful Ideas Forum series advanced by ACCA’s Research Committee.
ACCA, March 2007. Report of the February 2007 seminar, where over 80 experts and interested parties gathered at the Department of Trade and Industry conference centre to discuss the issue of intangible assets and SMEs. The seminar covered a broad range of topics including how SMEs use the formal property system, how advisers can support SME's intangible assets and the use of intangible assets for accessing finance.