Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.9% of private sector companies and provide 60% of private sector jobs, according to the CBI. If you work for an SME, manage or own one, you’ll appreciate the role small businesses have to play in innovation, job creation and growth.
Our SME interest group, the Small Business Community, compiles useful resources and runs events during the year. As a CIM member, you can join up to three of our interest groups, including this one, free of charge. The only exception is the Levitt Group for senior marketers where an annual fee is charged. If any of your colleagues would like to join and they are not currently a member of CIM they will need to become an Affiliate member first.
To join the Small Business Community call 01628 427120.
Join in the conversation at LinkedIn
Take a look at our guide: Helping small businesses grow
For the latest support including digital marketing for your business, Marketing Expert offers a wealth of information including more than 200 briefs and templates. Tools include an SME marketing guide as well as guidance on strategy, communications, search engine marketing, social media strategy and measurement, to name just a few. You’ll need to login as a member to use these tools. http://www.cimmarketingexpert.co.uk/smeMarketingPlan
10 Minute Guides
Our introductory level 10 Minute Guides have also stood the test of time, including:
- An Introduction to marketing for small business
- The 7Ps of marketing and how marketing works
- Marketing planning toolkit
- How to plan marketing communications
- How to grow through new and existing customers
The City of London Corporation offers support for small businesses in the City and beyond. While resources for UK business are explained on this government website. The ‘Business is Great Britain’ website is designed to inspire as well as inform.