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Regional patterns of small firm development in the business services: evidence from the United Kingdom

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  • P A Wood
  • J Bryson
  • D Keeble
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    The growth of business services in the United Kingdom during the 1980s is reviewed, and especially the role of small firms. Reports the results of an intensive questionnaire survey, undertaken in 1991, of a sample of small management consultancy and market research companies in three areas; inner London, the outer south east, and north west England. In interpreting the demand and supply characteristics of these firms, emphasis is placed on their interactions with the internal labour market strategies of predominantly large client organisations. Generally, the sample firms offer consultancy and marketing expertise which such clients do not provide from their own skill resources. Their founders were also often originally employees of such organisations, especially outside London. Regional economic and social characteristics mould the activities of these firms, even though many engage in a significant degree of interregional trade. The markets served, types of specialisation, the originating process, and the ages of founders show marked differences between the two sectors and the three areas.

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    Article provided by Pion Ltd, London in its journal Environment and Planning A.

    Volume (Year): 25 (1993)
    Issue (Month): 5 (May)
    Pages: 677-700

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    Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:25:y:1993:i:5:p:677-700

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    Cited by:
    1. Suma Athreye & David Keeble, 2000. "Sources of Increasing Returns and Regional Innovation in the UK," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers, ESRC Centre for Business Research wp158, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
    2. Jayanti Sen & Alan Macpherson, 1998. "Regional Patterns of Business Performance Among Small and Medium Sized Public Accounting Firms in New York State," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(9), pages 827-838.
    3. Kent Eliasson & Hans Westlund, 2013. "Attributes influencing self-employment propensity in urban and rural Sweden," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, Springer, vol. 50(2), pages 479-514, April.

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