Business Advice to SMEs: Human Resources and Employment

Professor Robin Jarvis from the Brunel Business School presented in a recent Research Seminar the results of a project that has investigated the role of small and medium-sized accountancy practices (SMPs) in providing support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the areas of human resources (HR) and employment.

The research objectives specified by Prof Jarvis aimed to address the following questions: • What type of advice and support in the HR and employment areas do accountants  provide to SMEs? • How does this role sit alongside the core competences and business activities of practices? • What resources (people and materials) in the practice are used to provide HR and employment support? • What external alliances are used to support the provision of HR and employment advice? • Are there any ways in which accountants’ performance in this area could be improved?

Please read the full research report here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/145152/aarcBusinessAdviceToSmes.pdf Robin JarvisProf Jarvis has been Professor of Accounting at Brunel since January 2010 (Fractional Appointment) and Head of SME Affairs at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He is also a member of and past chair (2004 -2009) of FIN USE (An expert forum set up by the European Commission to improve policy making in the field of financial services from a user perspective (consumer and small business).

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