On the frontline of the recession

The UK’s 4.7m small and medium-sized enterprises are bearing the brunt of the recession – according to BDO Stoy Hayward, five will close their doors every hour for the rest of this year. I wrote the lead article for Insurance Times’ SME focus, speaking to struggling business owners, financial advisers and brokers to find out what was really going on in this hard-to-reach sector. On a cheerier note, I wrote a separate piece on the retail sector, and found that despite high-profile high-street failures, small local shops weren’t doing too badly…