Q1 2020

Welcome to the Q1 issue of SME News.

All things considered, I wasn’t expecting to be writing this from my makeshift home office on the back of a government mandated lockdown. My vision of 2020 was (and I imagine the same can be said for everyone) very different from the reality we collectively find ourselves in. For, as much as we’ve been told to stay apart – and please do – in some ways we’ve never been closer together. Supporting each other.

The same holds true for businesses up and down the country, as we look to mitigate the damages and support industries that find themselves overwhelmed. Despite the overwhelming feeling of doom and gloom, there are beaming examples of extraordinary generosity from SMEs in all locations who are doing their part to get through this unprecedented time. No matter what happens, this will pass, and we will recover. Many extraordinary businesses will come out the other side and thrive once more.

But, the focus of this issue isn’t the pandemic. In light of International Woman’s Day, which already seems like a lifetime ago, SME News wanted to spotlight the work of women-owned companies who are driving industries and shifting paradigms. So, let us focus on something positive. Let’s look at the female pioneers and disruptors who are shaking the world of UK business and beyond.

In the meantime, we hope you stay safe. Stay indoors, wherever possible, and take a moment to breath in this rather chaotic and uncertain time. We’ll be here next quarter to give you the latest in UK SME news.

Patrick Doherty

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