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London's universities say ‘OpenSME’ to new support for capital's small businesses

A group of London's universities have recently succesfully launched a new collaboration – OpenSME – that seeks to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the expertise and knowledge they offer.

Led and developed by UCL and backed by the Mayor of London, the consortium – including other top London institutions such as the London Business School, City University, Birkbeck, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the Royal Veterinary College and the University of the Arts London (UAL) – aims to overcome the barriers small businesses can sometimes come up against when trying to access relevant information quickly and easily about how university support can help grow their business.

The collaboration is bringing together – for the first time – information on all the initiatives partner institutions run to support small businesses, classified by sector and type of support, to more closely match the needs of London's small businesses with the specific expertise and knowledge offered by the different institutions involved.

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