Small firms and universities ‘must engage’ more to boost South Yorkshire economy

Gordon Millward, of the Federation of Small Businesses.
Gordon Millward, of the Federation of Small Businesses.

Small businesses and universities must engage at a deeper level and collaborate in more innovative ways if the relationship is to yield greater benefits for the economy.

In a new report called ‘Enterprising Allies’, the Federation of Small Businesses argues that universities have a significant role to play in supporting their local enterprise ecosystem.

Gordon Millward, the FSB’s regional chairman, said: “Places where small businesses would normally go for information such as LEPs or Growth Hubs, could become touchpoints, informing businesses about the benefits of, and opportunities for, engagement.”