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Small businesses have big responsibility to support disadvantaged

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 13:59 GMT

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are more likely to employ low skilled workers and others from disadvantaged groups, and so are vital in tackling unemployment and underemployment.

SMEs are "driving recovery" with their tendency to take on disabled, elderly, low-skilled or otherwise disadvantaged workers, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has reported.

Between 2008 and 2011, 88 per cent of those moving from unemployment to employment found work in an SME or as a self-employed worker, according to the economy think tank's research. The findings, IPPR says, support the theory…

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