Enterprise profiles in deprived areas: Are they distinctive?

Frankish, Julian S, Roberts, Richard G and Storey, David J (2010) Enterprise profiles in deprived areas: Are they distinctive? International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 9 (2). pp. 127-142. ISSN 14761297

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This paper examines the extent to which segmenting business activity on the basis of the relative deprivation of a given area provides additional understanding (in terms of analysis and policy) that is not obtained by alternative divisions, e.g., by sector, size, etc. The paper is primarily motivated by the explicit inclusion of a deprived area dimension to many UK small business/enterprise policies introduced since 1997. We use two datasets drawn from the customer records of Barclays Bank PLC to obtain an initial analysis of the business stocks and dynamics in deprived and non-deprived areas of England. The data indicate that the deprived areas of England vary systematically from the wider economy in terms of several business stock characteristics and associated dynamics. These differences include a lower proportion of business service firms, lower female involvement in the owner-manager base and a poorer risk profile. The analysis supports the view that there are likely to be benefits from the tailoring of small business/ enterprise policies to sub-national levels.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: David Storey
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:51
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 12:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22593
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