5 useful resources for SMEs
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22 September 2021

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5 useful resources for SMEs

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Date published

22 September 2021

We have a variety of resources, guides and live-events designed to support structural engineers working as sole practitioners and those in SMEs

The Business Practice Note series

Developed by the Institution’s Business Practice and Regulatory Control Committee to provide guidance on aspects of running a practice and project management. The series covers almost every question you could think of when getting started in an SME. 

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Introduction to digital design tools

Ashley Kacha gives an overview of future trends in structural engineering. The video presentation covers computational design tools and how they are being used across the industry, the importance of digital workflows, and what other relevant resources are available from the Institution. The presentation was recorded during the Small Practitioners Conference 2019.

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Dealing with domestic clients

This half-day course assists engineers working in the domestic sector for householders or small businesses.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Agree and record clear, enforceable agreements with non-professional clients with no technical background and limited experience
  • Recognise the ‘consumer protection’ background
  • Recognise and avoid misunderstandings around fees and variations, delays, and your own and the contractor’s responsibility
  • Respond to complaints correctly
  • Communicate effectively and get paid more easily

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The importance of making numbers based decisions

In this video Parag Prasad discusses the metrics to use for measuring the success of your business. He goes beyond financial outcomes and looks at multiple aspects of growth areas. Do you know the score in your business?

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Staff development: the value to you and your SME

Jenny King highlights how your business can thrive when you focus on improving your employees' skill sets. A presentation from the Small Practitioners Conference 2019. Jenny covers a range of topics on staff development including: the importance of upskilling, the impact of a skills gap and what employees are looking for.

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Related Resources & Events

Case Study
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Research and improvements in standards

Jon Shave discusses how his career has been shaped since winning the Young Researchers Conference prize and talks about why research is so important to the industry.

Date ‐ 2 July 2019
Author ‐ Jon Shave
Price ‐ Free
Exam preparation
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Chartered Membership examiner report - January 2019

Report on the results, questions, and general issues encountered by candidates during the Chartered Membership exam, 03 January 2019.

Date ‐ 2 July 2019
Author ‐ IStructE
Price ‐ Free
Case Study
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Optimal design of an efficient floating windbreak

The aim of this project is to optimally design an efficient floating man-made windbreak for the infrastructure and fragile coastlines vulnerable to wind storms.

Date ‐ 2 July 2019
Author ‐ Junwei Lyu
Price ‐ Free