I'm one of the new Ideas Apprentices, and I've just been seconded to the Networks team. I'm really looking forward to getting out and about and finding out what everyone's passions are and seeing how Staff and Fellows can create really effective ways of furthering the aims of the RSA.
I've had a fair few fellows come to me saying they want to look at Small to Medium Enterprises. Obviously everyone's coming from slightly different places, but underlying many of the stories I've heard was a desire to help SMEs fulfil their environmental and social responsibilities. At the moment, it can be hard for them to do this - the business costs and risks are too much to shoulder alone.
It's a good question - SMEs employ well over half the population, according to recent official figures.
I'd love to get anyone with insight or interest in this area in a room together soon. I'm sure there's a network in this. Mail to email@example.com please