Posts Tagged ‘SMEs’

As I really begin to look forward to my annual holiday on the glorious island of Ibiza soon, I read with some sadness and concern one poll survey showing that 75% of SME owners sacrificed their holidays to power through and ensure their business runs smoothly. With the technology available today to keep in touch and good planning most of us can take at least a summer holiday to recharge the batteries and reduce stress.

While others may prefer to have active holidays and explore new places, I prefer a destination which I know well and where I will hopefully get some all important vitamin D and serotonin, the ‘happiness hormone’, from the sun. As I get older I think I will become more prone to SAD (seasonal affective disorder) syndrome so my weeks in the summer are important for my health and well-being.

Even though research shows that those living in some colder climates like Denmark, Iceland and Norway are ‘happier’ than UK citizens in terms of social support, life expectancy, generosity etc and not just wealth and economic prosperity, I strongly believe that summer breaks in the sun have huge benefits in the longer term to my overall happiness so need to find it abroadsadly as I would prefer a ‘stay-cation’ ideally!

Blue sky, warm breeze in the evening, healthy eating and a few glasses of rose really will help me recharge for the winter ahead. Of my 20 statutory days of holiday each year at least 10 must be in the sun. Long live the summer break for SMEs and all of us.

-Rob Petersen

Further to my blog about ‘sweatworking a few months ago, I was delighted to read Claire Rees’s article in today’s Western Mail that at last a leisure centre in Swansea has introduced a new timetable, created to allow those healthy SME owners amongst us to have a lunchtime spinning of circuits session whilst conducting a business conversation!

Sweatworking: Will you be joining the trend?

I other SMEs are like me, business is often done post-training, in the changing room, cafe or bar. With time to precious for SME’s, a brief meeting with a business contact in the gym itself can result in the feel-good-factor for both parties before hitting the bar or cafe. It will be interesting to see what the business sector in Swansea make of this new facility!

While mentioning the time pressures experienced by most SMEs, it is worth noting another article in today’s paper. Rhodri Evans reports on an excellent campaign, “Real Life Entrepreneurs”, being launched by the Federation of Small Businesses. The campaign calls for our AM’s to spend a day with a local business in their constituency during the summer recess, for them to get a real understanding of how they function and the hurdles they face.

As I have also mentioned previously (see this blog post), if every one of Wales’ 124,000 microenterprises  (ie. those employing 1 to 8 staff) took on one extra employee, our unemployment levels in Wales would be dramatically reduced.

As an SME or microbusiness, I very much look forward to hearing how this campaign progresses. Perhaps one or more AMs would be prepared to meet their SMEs whilst undertaking a sweatworking session in their local leisure centre – although I am not sure how many could last the pace!