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.
Expertise All 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 International Small Business Journal Teaching Engaged in postgraduate teaching programmes linked to entrepreneurship and small business; supervision and examination experience at masters and doctorate levels. Memberships Member of RAE2008 and REF2014 Business and Management sub-panel Member of ACCA Small Firms Committee Member of Association of Business Schools Research Committee Member of Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Member of the British Academy of Management Member of Academicians of the Academy of Social Science; Holder of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion
The Contribution of Small Firms to Economic Regeneration - Robert Blackburn and Peter Jennings An Overview How Bank Managers Make Lending Decisions to Small Firms - Margaret Fletcher Managing Public Sector Venture Capital Organisations - Simon Harris A Survey of Business Angels - Hamish Stevenson and Patrick Coveney The Strategic Management Styles of Small Businesses - Paul Joyce, Christine Seaman and Adrian Woods Strategic Issues Impacting on Small Firms - Martyn Robertson Small and Medium Business Sectors in a Recessionary Economy - Ted Fuller The Role of Established SMEs in Regional and Local Economic Development - David North and David Smallbone A Case of Neglect? Privatisation of Local Authority Services and Market Opportunities for Small Firms - Brian Abbott, Robert Blackburn and James Curran Growth in Small Manufacturing Firms - Richard Barkham, Mark Hart and Eric Hanvey An Empirical Analysis BS5750 and Quality Management in SMEs - Francis Chittenden, Syeda Masooda Mukhtar and Panikkos Poutziouris The Impact on Small Business Development of a Dedicated Intermediary Networking Resource within TECs and Business Links - Suzan Gunn