Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster currently has a number of active Sector Groups and there are plans for at more to reflect its growing and changing membership. The BECBC Sector Groups are for members only and provide an invaluable forum for businesses to meet others in their industry, to find out about trends and opportunities and to share information and knowledge with potential partners, clients and suppliers.
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Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster meetings are held every month and are a great opportunity to meet other members. Other BECBC events include monthly training workshops, the BECBC Business Awards and other networking events, as well as specialist Sector Group meetings.
Business School Engagement Events enable students to gain a better understanding of the world of work as well as meet local employers who are members of the cluster. The Charity Page signposts you to some local organisations.
This presentation based on work commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (UK Government) examines the extent to which the UK growth-oriented small and micro-businesses (SMBs) are impacted by regulations. The seminar explores the dynamic relationship between regulatory environment and strategies for small business growth. Attention focuses on how such businesses find out about regulatory requirements and the extent to which SMBs might adjust plans to address regulatory concerns.
The results of the work suggests that there is a cost impact of regulations on these firms inherent in growth plans. However, product-innovators in particular recognise the benefit of effective engagement with regulatory frameworks as a significant element of competitive advantage. In several cases, regulation appears to have been a support for, or event the basis of, growth for some firms. Not only does good regulations appear to facilitate growth but also the experience of growth alters attitudes to regulation.
The implicatoin is that for growth-orientated SMBs, not all regulatory changes are viewed negatively and that in some cases, the removal of regulatory barriers could endanger their competitive advantage. Growth firms appear more concerned with inconsistent enforcement of rules rather than with the overall level of regulation.