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This paper examines the state of play regarding management development in SMEs. Additionally, it discusses government initiatives which seek to develop SME competitiveness through encouraging increased take‐up of management development. Helping SMEs to develop and grow is important to the...
NFC plc, as it is currently known, provides a unique case study because it embraces privatisation via a management and employee buy‐out (MEBO) as well as, until recently, majority employee share ownership. The initial sections of this article set out the circumstances surrounding the decision...
There is an ongoing debate within the academic literature about the value of the business plan in the development of the small firm. On closer inspection of the research, there appear to be clear benefits in the use of business planning as a process within the smaller business. This is in...
Although the need for many ethnic minority‐owned firms to obtain information to enable them to “break‐out” of their cultural niches and enter mainstream markets has been proposed within the small business literature, it has been widely reported that policy makers and other information...
In the 1970s estate agency in the UK was a highly fragmented industry. Small, locally based, independent businesses dominated the industry. This industry structure meant that estate agency was seen as a typical entrepreneurial activity. By the first half of the 1990s, however, most estate...
There has been little research on the processes of providing support to new firm entrepreneurs, and little evaluation of the provision of support to existing small firm entrepreneurs through advice, counselling or consultancy. Despite this lack of research, support for new firm entrepreneurs has...
This paper explores the relationship between 16 owner‐managers and other individuals preceding and during the start‐up of their businesses. Multiple sources of evidence are used, including taped biographical accounts and semi‐structured interviews, in an endeavour to establish who is helped...
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