Leading development agencies and most governments have come to recognize that the creation of enabling environments and public support to private entrepreneurial activities are vital to economic growth, poverty alleviation and the promotion of social pluralism. Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) serve as the major drivers of economic development in most African countries. SMEs are the most dynamic element of economic growth and innovation. As they usually engage in labor-intensive activities, they provide essential job opportunities for the growing labour force in developing and emerging economies. In Uganda SMEs comprise over 90% of private sector but also has one of the highest private business failure rates in the world. This is largely due to the lack of entrepreneurial skills, lack of access to high quality and affordable business development services, limited access to finance, lack of adequate technical and management support services and limited access to information on market opportunities. GSI provides business-focused solutions to help entrepreneurs in the East African Countries work their way out of poverty with a focus on youth and woman-led enterprises.
Our business development services are designed to help SMEs to increase both profitability and productivity and access high value markets so that they can realize their potential to help poor people work their way out of poverty, grow local economies and create jobs. GSI provides BDS services that add value by improving enterprise-level profitability and productivity while demonstrating the value of these services to prospective clients on either a full or partial fee basis. GSI has assembled a team of professionals’ capable of providing consultancy services to a wide range of organizations. GSI supports SMEs in improved management practices, new investment and expansion, introduction of new products and services, and improvement of business productivity and profitability. Specifically, GSI works to increase opportunities for trade, employment, and investment by improving private sector productivity by providing a wide range of business development services (BDS) to encourage the establishment and growth of SMEs such as market research, business management, organizational development, marketing, financial management, customer service, accounting, cash follow and business plan development and human resources management.