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From research into the impact of Covid-19 on SMEs, a collaborative partnership has developed with Universities in Northern Regions. This research has led to a set of six remote working principles to support SMEs in remote working in order to increase ‘good’ work, enhance productivity and support the health and wellbeing of those running/ working in SMEs.

This event invites representative from Regional LEPs and business support organizations to explore how these principles can be deployed to support SMEs. We will work together to continue to co-construct these principles and look at practical ways in which our Regional SMEs can be supported in remote working.

In collaboration with Regional partners, the University of Central Lancashire’s Centre for SME Development and the Institute for Research into Work and Employment have been carrying our research in to the impact of Covid-19 on SMEs. The research found that while some have enjoyed the flexibility from working from home others have found it more challenging with tensions including work intensification, loneliness, digital presenteeism, lack of social interactions and limited, if any, employee voice common place amid SMEs and their workforce.

This event will be held via Zoom, and a link will be sent to you prior to the event.

We hope that you are able to attend. If you have any queries, please contact the Centre at

Hosted by: The Centre for SME Development, a university-wide initiative providing comprehensive support to small and medium-sized enterprises, to give you that competitive edge and help you grow.

Based in the heart of Lancashire, we’re committed to helping businesses and social enterprises. We value our civic responsibility and are devoted to improving the regional community by stimulating economical and societal change. Let us help you fulfil your strategic ambitions whilst nurturing and growing your business.

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