Research Report

Taking Small Steps: Business Priorities, Environmental and Social Responsibility in UK SMEs

ERC Research Report



Associated Themes
  • Diversity
  • Management and Leadership
  • Sustainability

This report presents the headline results from the second wave of the Business Futures survey conducted by the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) in February-April 2022. First, it examines the business priorities of the micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and how these changed compared to the first wave of the survey, which was conducted in 2020. Second, it continues the ERC’s work exploring environmental practices of SMEs in recognition of the UK government’s net zero emission targets. Third, the report also extends the analysis to the domain of social responsibility by shedding some light on activities of UK SMEs aiming to create social benefits for people and communities. This research highlights the importance of different SME management characteristics and decision-making in the adoption of environmentally and socially responsible practices