1 SME generally means a company with no more than 250 employees.
2 The third sector, which includes charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups, delivers essential services, helps to improve people’s wellbeing and contributes to economic growth. It plays a vital role in supporting communities at a local level.
3 Supported businesses generally mean those businesses for which the core purpose is the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons.
4 Under equality legislation, the protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.