How can small businesses adapt to a changing Europe?

Nearly a year and a half after the referendum, the processes and consequences of leaving the European Union are still uncertain. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are resilient and innovative. There is evidence that across the country SME leaders see market access and trade as priorities but their attitudes to opportunities and challenges associated with Brexit are mixed.

This forum brings together university researchers, intermediaries, business owners and politicians to share insights into issues that have become important in the light of Brexit, and to consider key questions from an SME perspective.

Short research informed presentations will highlight key themes. Attendees will be encouraged to participate and contribute to the discussion. There will be a panel discussion featuring entrepreneurs who will talk about their own experiences, followed by networking with refreshments.

This event is hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.


  • Professor Kevin Albertson, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School Globalisation, Brexit and devolution:who wins who loses?
  • Professor Carol Atkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School “Employment practices and recruitment”
  • Evelyn Wilson The Culture Capital Exchange “Resilient leaders and organisations – lessons from arts and cultural”
  • Dr Chris O’Leary, Policy Research and Evaluation Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University (chair)

This is a public event. Tickets are free but registration is essential.

Venue: Jubilee Room, Palace of Westminster, London.

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