As an SME, you may be finding the changes in the economy even more difficult to cope with than larger enterprises.

However, SMEs make up 99.9% of the business population, so you are not alone in this struggle. Furthermore, you have a crucial role to play in solving the economic crisis.

To achieve this, we have established Careers with Disabilities so that you have the resources and guidance for accessing the pool of talent, which many SMEs wrongfully overlook. Many SMEs ignore disabled jobseekers for their job roles due to a misconception of them being incapable of accommodating for disability in the workplace.

There is a range of funding and support available to SMEs just like you, and we are here to direct you on how to find and access them.

By helping SMEs to feel confident and capable of taking on disabled people, we can make sure that no one is left behind in the recovery.

Through Careers with Disabilities, disabled people and SMEs can reach their combined future potential, together.

Funding

The primary source of funding for all companies, SMEs and the self-employed included, is Access to Work.

If you or an employee are disabled, you can apply for the Employment Support Allowance. This includes if you are self-employed.

Some non-governmental organisations will offer you grants if you can show that you are supporting disabled people in your community. One example includes the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, go to their website for more information.

For more information on funding, you should visit our dedicated page, which we make sure to keep up to date with any and every bit of funding available.

Support

For general local support for SMEs, you should try to find out if you have a growth hub near you. This is run by the LEP network to attempt to assist smaller businesses in their growth, and in turn, helping to end social and economic issues on a local level.

There are several schemes established by the government to help businesses just like you. If you want to see what your local council and other nearby organisations are doing, you should read our page on local assistance.

We want you to do what you do best, at as little cost as possible. That means we will do all the legwork for saving you money and finding helpful schemes or funding.

All you have to do is check our website, and you will never have to trawl the internet for help again! Even better, if you want instant updates on any new information, you should sign up to the newsletter – which you can unsubscribe from at any time.