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Policy Forum on Small Businesses in a Changing Europe

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Jubilee Room, Westminster

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Nearly a year and a half after the referendum, the processes and consequences of leaving the European Union are still uncertain. This forum is sponsored by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Greater Manachester. It brings together university researchers, intermediaries, business owners and politicians to share insights into issues that have become important for smaller businesses in the light of Brexit, and to consider key questions from their perspective. Short research informed presentations will highlight key themes. Attendees will be encouraged to participate and contribute to the discussion. There will be a panel session featuring entrepreneurs who will talk about their own experiences, followed by networking with refreshments.

Speakers:

Professor Kevin Albertson, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School "Globalisation, brexit and devolution: who wins who loses?

Professor Carol Atkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School "Employment practices and recruitment"

Evelyn Wilson The Culture Capital Exchange "Resilient leaders and organisations – lessons from the arts and cultural sector"

Policy panel chair

Dr Chris O’Leary, Policy Research and Evaluation Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University

Panel memebers

Liz Clarke, BikeRight!

Alex Davies, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Hannah Johnson, Carter Corson Business Psychologists

Abigail Phillips, The Cake Nest

Background

The forum is part of the ESRC funded UK in a Changing Europe http://ukandeu.ac.uk/ initiative to promote information, insights and analysis about UK-EU relations. It is intended to foreround the perspectives of Small and medium enterprises (SMEs). We know they are resilient and innovative. There is evidence that across the country SME leaders see market access and trade as priorities but their attitudes to opportunities and challenges associated with Brexit are mixed. An SME forum in Manchester in June 2017 found some optimism, along with regognition that there will be winners and losers. Participants stressed that in Greater Manchester it is not possible to think about Brexit in isolation from sub-regional devolution.



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