4 SME Priorities To Ensure Business Growth And Success

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The years 2020 and 2021 will be remembered for a long time by many UK-based small and medium-sized businesses as a period when they regrouped and redefined how they did business. As we head towards the halfway point in 2022, those businesses enjoy spectacular financial growth and success. Their leaders are pretty hopeful for the future, too.

On the face of it, the trend seems a bit puzzling. In the face of considerable challenges and uncertainties — ranging from the supply chain crisis and rising costs of almost everything to the lasting effects of the pandemic — opportunities to profitably expand among British small and medium-sized businesses are plentiful.

Dig a little deeper, though, and you realise these opposing forces are coming together only if SME leaders focus on several critical areas in their businesses.

Collecting data for agility and innovation

I mentioned in earlier articles that your collection, analysis, and insights from your data that drive your company’s decisions and actions are at the core of your company’s competitive edge. However, it is just one part of the equation. The fundamental purpose behind this data gathering is more than simply increasing ROI or improving the customer experience.

What you are looking for is flexibility and operational innovation. Your data needs to tell you, in a given moment, where to scale up, when to scale down and drive the allocation of resources to optimise operations. You will know where to pivot to respond to shifting trends, provide your customers with meaningful, personalised experiences, and uncover opportunities for future growth and development.

Making informed digital purchases

Overall, British small and medium-sized businesses continue increasing investments in digital tools. However, with software options growing exponentially and platforms offering overlapping features, narrowing down the options can be difficult. More software and solutions are not necessarily better. There has been an increase in universal platforms, or service provider ecosystems, which integrate many separate systems.

So, how can you pick the right one? How do you know that a piece of software or a branded service will save you time and money, which other customers should benefit from?

Before buying any software or signing up for a subscription, you should create a plan to evaluate the platform in question, considering both your current and future needs. Make sure you are scoring any potential purchase on multiple variables: whether there are any off-the-shelf features like integration, data capture, and reporting, and whether processes are automated, easy to use, and can be scaled to fit your company.

Also, note the level and quality of customer support. After purchasing, you should also note any issues and assess how well the platform works.

Flexible workflow management

Since the pandemic, a renewed emphasis has been placed on the wellness of employees, as well as the blurred lines between work and private lives. In addition to ensuring that your employees have the tools, time, and space to perform their jobs effectively, closely monitoring and evaluating workflow processes is a top priority. Consider critical, time-consuming processes that occur often within your company.

Where are bottlenecks and errors happening? What areas are not getting the time and attention that they need? There may be an opportunity to lean on contractors or experienced outsourcing providers.

According to studies, employees are more engaged and productive when they feel empowered and focused on tasks.

Nurturing professional partnerships and collaboration

No company is an island these days. Your ongoing success and growth depend on the quality of relationships with your service providers, vendors, business partners, and professional advisors. Use cooperative arrangements with vendors, create creative partnerships through co-marketing and branding opportunities, and seek professional consultants who view your company as team members rather than simply as service providers.

In short, with sufficient clarity and attention to your resources, you can transform your small or medium-sized enterprise into a functioning machine that will survive and thrive even as storm winds blow.

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