Well, yes. Is the short answer! You've probably heard that the government is now bringing in compulsory pensions for all employees. But just from the kinds of queries I am now getting since auto-enrolment media coverage started, it is clear that many SMEs aren't sure what their current obligations are, nevermind what the new ones will be.
If you ask any small business to list the issues that most affect its daily activity, you would get very short odds on at least part of the answer being access to finance. Over the last five years, banks have been vilified both for lending too frivolously and too modestly - quite an achievement, even for a banker.
To SME or not to SME, that is the question. Well, in the case of the Brighton Fuse, that is the questionnaire. This week the BF team are launching an online survey to figure out why Brighton works as a creative, digital and IT (CDIT) cluster, how the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) might grow and prosper, and in particular how the universities fit into that growth story.
In competitive marketplaces the web, related social media and even mobile channels can be unforgiving. The window of opportunity to entice and maintain interest is limited if the quite straightforward approaches aren't adopted. Fail here, and the task of 'turning the frown upside down' could become an impossible mission.
The drive to recruit 5000 business mentors, specifically for women, is just the sort of activity that will be effective on the ground: both inspiring and practical. As a nation, we need totally new ways of thinking and doing business so that we not only survive these challenging times but find growth.