BERNARD SWANEPOEL: We need more research than just surveys to help smaller businesses
From decimated value chains and the coming social upheaval to the future of work, SA has a chance to make something of this emergency
The Small Business Institute recently received the third request in a week from a survey company asking if we would be willing to distribute a questionnaire to our members — chambers, informal business formations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
We were not surprised. In October 2017 we signed a memorandum of agreement with the Small Business Project (SBP), which was to be our research partner in what we believed was the single most important thing we could do as an advocacy body to help SMEs: learn everything we could about them — the things these new surveys are asking and so much more. ..