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Small Firms
Contributions to Economic Regeneration

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176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This edited volume comprises a selection of papers presented at the 17th National Small Firms' Policy and Research Conference. The chapters in Small Firms: Contributions to Economic Regeneration, bring together a broad picture of contemporary research and policy issues on SMEs. They include state of the art analyses of financial issues, strategic management, growth, local economies, quality issues, and the business support infrastructure. The contributions are written by experts in their field, including professional practitioners and academics, and represent a major contribution to our knowledge and contemporary debates. The book provides realistic, micro and macro, perspectives of the behaviour and contributions of SMEs in today's economy.
Robert Blackburn and Peter Jennings
The Contribution of Small Firms to Economic Regeneration
An Overview

Margaret Fletcher
How Bank Managers Make Lending Decisions to Small Firms
Simon Harris
Managing Public Sector Venture Capital Organisations
Hamish Stevenson and Patrick Coveney
A Survey of Business Angels
Paul Joyce, Christine Seaman and Adrian Woods
The Strategic Management Styles of Small Businesses
Martyn Robertson
Strategic Issues Impacting on Small Firms
Ted Fuller
Small and Medium Business Sectors in a Recessionary Economy
David North and David Smallbone
The Role of Established SMEs in Regional and Local Economic Development
A Case of Neglect?

Brian Abbott, Robert Blackburn and James Curran
Privatisation of Local Authority Services and Market Opportunities for Small Firms
Richard Barkham, Mark Hart and Eric Hanvey
Growth in Small Manufacturing Firms
An Empirical Analysis

Francis Chittenden, Syeda Masooda Mukhtar and Panikkos Poutziouris
BS5750 and Quality Management in SMEs
Suzan Gunn
The Impact on Small Business Development of a Dedicated Intermediary Networking Resource within TECs and Business Links

`Small firm academics, advanced students and policy makers who missed the conference will find this a worthwhile addition to their library' - Technovation

`A useful way for practitioners who are involved in small business development to catch up with recent research findings without wading through large piles of conference papers' - Small Business Perspective

Robert Blackburn

ExpertiseAll aspects of small business and entrepreneurship; small business management; employment; growth; innovation; IP management; environmental practices; business exit; regional and international dimensions; public policy initiatives and evaluations.Reviewer for book publishers (eg. Sage), research councils (ESRC; Leverhulme; Nuffield) and journals.Research Interest(s)Extensive research portfolio for academic (eg ESRC), private (eg HSBC) and public (eg HM Treasury; EU Commission) organisations. Expertise in primary and secondary data collection and analyses; engaged in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Editor of... More About Author

Peter Jennings