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The misunderstood role of compliance programs in small and medium enterprises

Solange Martin ( is the founder of Fraud Prevention Solutions in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a lawyer by background with more than 10 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry.

I have been running my own business for more than two years. During this period, I have met a lot of entrepreneurs and directors, all of them working directly or indirectly with small and medium enterprises (SMEs), organizations with 250 employees maximum. I have had hundreds of discussions about fraud prevention and compliance. My verdict, after two years of business, is that there is a common lack of understanding about the added value of a compliance program.

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