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Companies 'short' of enterprising staff

Published: Friday, 16 November 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

The majority of small businesses are struggling to recruit enterprising staff, with a large number also claiming many of their most innovative employees leave for larger firms, a new survey has discovered.

According to an Enterprise Week study, undertaken by Orange, more than 75 per cent of small businesses were struggling to recruit enterprising staff to positions including graduate careers.

And 70 per cent revealed that they had difficulty retaining their most creative and innovative employees, with many identifying an ability to offer new challenges as the best way to retain enterprising staff.

Martin Lyne, director of small business services at Orange Business Services, said: "Unlike large companies, many small businesses lack the financial resources to attract talented people with high salary offers.

"And with skills shortages a concern in many industries, the challenge of finding and retaining the right people is likely to become more acute," he added.

Orange is a member of the Make Your Mark campaign, seeking to encourage enterprise among young people, including graduates.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18359134-ADNFCR

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