Policy Forum on Small Businesses in a Changing Europe


Tuesday 21st November 2017


Jubilee Room, Westminster



Nearly a year and a half after the referendum, the processes and consequences of leaving the European Union are still uncertain. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) 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 recognition 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.

This forum brings together university researchers, intermediaries, business owners and politicians to share insights into issues that have become important in the light of Brexit, and to consider key questions from an SME 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 discussion featuring entrepreneurs who will talk about their own experiences, followed by networking with refreshments.


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

Professor Carol AtkinsonManchester Metropolitan University Business School “Employment practices and recruitment”

Evelyn Wilson The Culture Capital Exchange “Resilient leaders and organisations – lessons from arts and cultural”

Policy panel chair:

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

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.

All welcome especially leaders of  SMEs, intermediaries, policy-makers and researchers.


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