And Brexit could make things even more challenging.
For universities to produce employable graduates, they need to work collaboratively with industry partners in educating their students.
To make graduates employable and close the training gap, we need to strengthen links to industry and pay attention to the changing needs of businesses.
It looks like the economists who warned of the potential damage to UK businesses due to Brexit were correct.
Banks aren’t sure they will recover their money if SMEs fail.
Australia's insolvency laws inhibit growth and innovation. They weren't designed for small business, which make up 97% of all businesses.
The country needs a new economic strategy that puts small businesses at the core of the development strategy.
South Africa's 14 point plan to achieve economic recovery lacks detail and vision of how the country is going to get itself out the prevailing economic crisis.
SMEs are crucial to the UK’s economic well-being.
SMEs make up 99.9% of all businesses in the UK – boosting their productivity could add billions to the post-Brexit economy.
Independent beer producers more than doubled in number between 2004 and 2009.
Micro-brewers are increasing in Australia, which is surprising given the unfair excises and rebates they face.
The industrial revolution wasn't all about the spinning jenny and steam power. Money talked, and it needs to again if power and prosperity are to flow to the UK regions.
How have local businesses coped with the end of the resources boom?
While insolvencies are climbing in some of the resources states, other small businesses have found ways to survive.
Both Labor and the Coalition should be looking to upscale small and medium enterprises to compete globally, if they are serious about innovation.
Policies for encouraging research, development and startups are good but both major parties need to move beyond this to help Australia innovate.
A company tax cut favours large corporations at the expense of small business.
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Business groups point to a GDP stimulus from a company tax cut, but modelling shows small businesses miss out.
Indonesia must carefully consider the cost and benefits of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Southeast Asia's biggest economy is eyeing to join the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, already signed by a dozen countries, including Australia.
Entrepreneurs such as Angola’s Isabel dos Santos have grown a portfolio of companies to very large scale rather than one big behemoth.
African governments should adopt a top-down rather than bottom-up approach to encouraging the creation of businesses.
About 98% of US exporters are small businesses.
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The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership belies the fact that the US's share of trade in the region has been declining for some time.
African nations can look to Nigeria and Tanzania for recent examples of smart policies that boost the middle class.
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Some countries in Africa have made great strides bolstering the middle class by supporting small businesses, but more needs to be done.
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